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Nissan Versa vs. Scion xA



  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    because I feel like it is more of a car enthusiasts's car. It just seems to be a "funner" package than the 2007 Nissan Versa. However, the new Versa is a good deal and looks to be a comfortable car to drive. I have not driven the Nissan Vera but I have driven the 2006 Scion xA and loved it. I like it's 32 mpg city and 38 mpg highway getup, too.

    On the test drive of the xA I brought my 25 y/o son along and he sat in the back seat. I drove and the salesman was in the passenger seat. During the drive, while on I-15 here in eastern Idaho, I looked back and asked my son how comfortable it was back there.

    Was there enough leg room?

    Answer: "Yep!"

    Was the ride comfortable?

    Answer: "Yeah, it is!"

    Nuff said. I liked the comfortable feeling of the driver's seat and didn't mind the center guages, though they are kind of a novelty.

    The 2006 Scion xA is a real possibility for us. So is the 2006 Kia Rio LX sedan and the 2006 Kia Rio5 hatchwagon. Meanwhile, the 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4 moves nicely along at 116,700 miles now. While driving back from Arizona we got an oil change for the Sporty in Flagstaff, AZ (nice town BTW) and we got a fuel injector cleanout. Wow, what an immediate help for the Sportsman's ghastly mileage. Way better gas mileage now. Over and out.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    i agree with you, i love the xA!!! more than likely that is the car we will get in the fall, the xB was one of my choice but my husband is worried about the driving in the snow with it :surprise:
    (all the weight in the back and not much in the front)
    so that leaves the xA ;) there is one thing i am a bit disapointed with the scions...the color choices...the aveo offers much nicer colors (in my opinion) and since they are targeting the same people (20's----i am 35 but that is beside the point :P ) scion should offer some fun colors!!
    the aveo, rio5hatch, the vibe, the caliber and some other come in that awsome burnt orange..i wish the scion would too :cry:
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,590
    Well the biggest difference between the Versa and Xa is the size. The Versa is a bigger car, a co-worker has a Xa and I let her drive my versa, she loved it over her Xa. the A/C in the Xa can not keep the car cool here in PHX, these days and the Versa has more power then the Xa.

    BTW, don't judge the mileage that the EPA says the Xa will get you wont get it.

    The Xa sent the standard for the subcompact class a couple of years ago but the I like the Versa is a much better car for the money..

    Tony :shades:
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    do you ever drive down to Casa Grande? The reason I ask is my wife and I were driving back to Idaho and stopped in Casa Grande to stay at a hotel there. While plying Casa Grande's streets in search of food we were stopped at a stop light and a red 2007 Nissan Versa pulled up alongside us. I had never seen one on the streets before. There was a young man driving the bright red Versa...was that you?

    I took notice because not only had I not seen one before on the street but that guy didn't have his A/C on(his windows were open)and it was in the upper 90's and humid! We were definitely running our A/C in the Sportsman.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,590
    I do get down to Casa Grande for work, twice a week, but mine is Onxy Blue (metallic blue) and I always have my A/C on when I'm driving, I'm getting too old to sweet.

  • lollavidlollavid Posts: 3
    WOW! Back in town after a brief holiday (I am in Europe right now which is why I can't see any of the cars- lots of Ford Focuses though!) So much input, I don't know where to start! Thanks everyone and I'm glad to see the discussion.

    Okay, money IS a factor. We want a hatchback, it will be our only car, and I don't know JACK about cars which is why I want something relatively new, reliable and with a good warranty. ;) We are planning on keeping this car for a long while and have thought about having another child in maybe 5 years.

    I have only driven an '87 Ford Escort (my first car when I was a kid) and a ZX3 with way too many miles on it and with a crushed seat from a rather plump man looking to sell it. My impression has been pretty bad. But the Focuses are all over here in Germany and the 4-door hatchbacks look extremely roomy. It is a consideration and the resale value is pretty low so I could probably get a good deal on a 2005-2006. The Matrixes are kinda pricey- we're looking to keep it around 12-13k... but I just love the size (and mileage). I don't drive fast- except in my computer games- and am used to the somewhat-underpowered European cars (just sold a 2005 Skoda Fabia 101hp).
    I am really up in the air here. I am hearing positive and negative from all sides. I guess we'll just have to test drive. A couple remaining questions:

    Is the technology of the Versas so superior to say the xAs? Or Focuses (which I realize are built on older techonology)?

    What are my main points of difference between the cars (Versa, xA, xB, Matrix, Focus)?

    I really just want a reliable, small family car that gets good mileage and is safe.

    Thanks a ton!
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,590
    well if resale isn't a major factor then get yourself a 06 Ford Focus, Ford is giving them away, last I saw they has $2500 rebates, PLUS $500 for a total of $3K. The 07 Forcus are out and I'm sure they will deal very well on them.

    But the Versa is a better car then the Focus and Xa, with the Versa you get Side Air bags as standard Equipment...

  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    hello again!!

    have you look at the kia rio5 hatch? cute little car, it has 110 HP ( a bit more than the xa, aveo, fit and yaris but not the 122hp of the versa) the only one in this category that offers 6 air bags standard! and it is still cheaper that the matrix,it does get 35+ mpg plus if you want to keep it for a long time, kia has a 10yrs/100,000 powertrain warranty, plus "the bumper to bumper" warranty is 5 yrs/60.000...anyways, that is more than any other car maker. at least, give it a "look" it is a car worth putting on your list, order the brochure from the kia website and go see on the rio5 2006+ forum , they all have good comments on the car!!! the same can't be said about the focus, the owners in forums talk about many bad experiences ( sometimes right after purchase)and many of them wouldn't buy that car again...and from what i saw, it is a bit more pricey too.personally, i would not buy a ford car, but that's me ;)
    there is also the new dodge caliber, starts at 13.500$ (or close to that price) for the base model,(really it is a BASE model-not much comes with it) and doesn't get as good gas mileage..but the look is is pretty much the same size as the pontiac vibe and it offers the AWD option but it is $$$ (close to 20.000$ with it)
  • lollavidlollavid Posts: 3
    thx canuck. i am very biased towards Toyotas and (less so) Nissans. The Kia may be a good car, but I know I'll never go that way. And as for the Ford, I am quite certain I won't go there either. Honestly I am at this point just debating between the Scion xA, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Matrix.
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    i understand your point of view! my husband is sold on toyotas too. we dont actually own one now due to various reasons, one is that he bough/sold 8 cars in the past yr :surprise: and he hasn't come across a good deal on a toyota truck lately.
    anyways, i will pick a scion more than likely, and that is after doing a lot of research and test driving.IMO they just offer the best quality/value/options/look combo
    i just thought i would share of bit of infos i got after looking all over for a car under 15K, that was getting 30+ mpg.
    my last thought: i owned a subaru justy in 1989 and this car was SWEET!!! about the same size as a scion, had the AWD option on it,and was getting great gas mileage too. the quality of the justy was without any comparison with the metro, festiva and others sold at that time! i wish this car was still available, i'd buy it without looking at anything else. :)
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    The justy was also one of the first cars with CVT. in 1989 I was too young and poor to be driving a new car but I remember the CVT.
  • pernaperna Posts: 533
    thx canuck. i am very biased towards Toyotas and (less so) Nissans. The Kia may be a good car, but I know I'll never go that way. And as for the Ford, I am quite certain I won't go there either. Honestly I am at this point just debating between the Scion xA, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Matrix.

    Good call on the Kia.

    Out of the 3, it would be a tough decision between the Matrix and Versa. You don't want the xA - hate to be blunt, but it's a good car for a teenager, not for a family.

    The best deal pricewise would be on a Pontiac Vibe - identical to the Matrix in every way (they're manufacturered on the same line in the same factory), but generally there are much better discounts available on the Pontiac.
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    my justy was 5 spd and 4wd, not awd as i said in my previous post. it was a 3 cylinders but was doing the job just fine! i paid 5.500$ (canadian) and it had 36.000 km on it. that was back in 1989 so i guess that was not so cheap cnsidering that in 2006 in am looking at 10-12k brand new cars!! ;)
  • barsonbarson Posts: 34
    I'm a single, 40ish professional who has been looking at high MPG cars with manual transmissions, airbags, and ABS. I was nearly ready to buy an xA when I started getting interested in the Fit. Today, on the way home from the local Honda dealer (where I was told that they had no Fits on the lot and the next one -- singular, and with an automatic transmission -- would arrive in a month) I saw a Versa drive past. I did a double-take. It looked much bigger and more solid than an xA.

    With the xA, I didn't like the fact that the rear seats didn't fold flat, which really ate into usable cargo space. Also the trans was geared very low, so high RPMs (not that this is necessarily bad -- I used to drive a motorcycle, so I'm used to it -- but it does eat into the MPG).

    Any comments on how much cargo you can cram into a Versa? Are they easy to load? Is the 6th gear useful, or is it just for play? What made you purchase a Versa over the xA (or the Fit)?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,422
    The rear seats do fold flat on the xA.

    I'd say for a family with a kid, I'd go for the Matrix. You can't beat Toyota quality.


  • barsonbarson Posts: 34
    I test drove a manual transmission Versa today. It was good -- quiet, smooth ride. Not a buzzbox feel at all. From what I remember from my test drive of an automatic xA several months ago, the xA has a stiffer ride, which I actually enjoy, but it's not critical to my decision. The Versa seemed to have quite a bit of driver's head and leg room (I'm 5'9"). The gearing was fine and reminded me of the motorcycle I drove for 7 years -- I could hit easily hit 6th gear at 45 mph, but the engine was doing a reasonable 3100-3200 RPM at 70 mph. Rear seats fold flat without removing the headrests, but they do not lay flush with the cargo floor :)

    One thing that impressed me greatly was the internet salesperson who took me for a test drive -- a grandmother with a very calm, friendly, low-key approach who answered all my questions about manual vs. CVT, etc.

    In contrast, I visited a local Toyota/Scion dealer where a salesperson said "we don't get many xAs because we don't sell many." He didn't offer to have me drive one of the two xBs on the lot (we did a complete circuit around the lot), nor did he suggest I look at a Matrix or Corolla as possibilities, so I'm not surprised. :mad: I've emailed another Toyota/Scion dealer 30 minutes away. Given this experience and the one I had at a different dealer last year, I wouldn't be surprised if sales are suffering.
  • barsonbarson Posts: 34
    Looks like there's height adjustment with the driver's seat on the SL Versa only, not the S. As far as I can tell there's no height adjustment on the xA, nor on the Fit. From what I recollect the xA's seat is pretty high -- better visibility than the Versa. Does anyone know if the xA has adjustable lumbar support on the driver's seat?
  • barsonbarson Posts: 34
    My saga with Toyota/Scion dealers continues . . . after responding to my initial email, the internet sales manager at the dealership 30 minutes away hasn't emailed or called in the last 2 days to set up an appointment for an xA test drive. She's not out sick, because the receptionist at the dealer has said "she's with a customer right now" when I've called. I've sent a follow-up email and left two voicemail messages, but no response. Next week I'm visiting another state, and hope to do some test drives there.

    If my decision was based solely on buying experience, the Nissan dealer would win hands down.
  • djindjin Posts: 5
    I am not sure as to why the Scion dealers in your area are like that.

    In Texas, mainly the DFW area and its environs, Scion dealers are well known for their excellent customer service and they always take care of their customers/potential customers. They also sponsor many Scion events at local racetracks and even hold barbecue's for Scion-ers. Check out, the community has helped me a lot in determining which dealer to shop at first.

    I have not decided as to whether I will buy a Scion yet, I'm holding out until spring for more info on the next generation of the xA.
  • rsmumrsmum Posts: 2
    We surprised our 17 year old with a Scion Xa 2 weeks ago. I can't stop trying to bribe the keys out of his hands. It is so much fun to drive. It handles very well.

    The deal was under an hour. We didn't know about the "no hassle" until we were at the dealership. My husband and I were "just shopping" when we went to Toyota. We never thought we'd find a full powered car with a sticker of $14,000!

    Great Drive!!! :)
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