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  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    hello everybody!

    question to all of you who own or test drove the versa:

    how is the seating position? do you consider it to be higher than most cars?

    the Aveo and Xa do have a higher driving position and I was wondering if the versa was following that " new trend" or not?

    I have been seeing that the starting price for a versa was 12.400$...base of course, i am just wondering how come most ppl are paying like 16.500$ for it? is it because most buyers are getting the "higher" trim? here the versa I built on the nissan web site:

    Base MSRP† $12,450
    Exterior Color
    Magnetic Gray
    Interior Color
    6-speed Manual Transmission
    Subtotal $12,450
    Destination and Handling $605
    Total Configured MSRP† $13,055

    congrats to all the new owners! great looking car!! :shades:
  • flightnurseflightnurse Valley of HellPosts: 2,177
    Hey Canuck

    So far I would have to say its a mix of people who have bought the base model ($12,450) or the upper end SL ($16,500.)

    Regarding the seating position, yes, you do sit higher in the Versa then most subcompact's. In the Honda Fit, I felt like I was driving a skateboard as I felt like I was sitting too close to the ground...

    The Aveo is a sub compact, but to fair, you can not compare it to a Versa, the Versa does not feel like a Sub Compact car when you drive it, the Aveo does...

    Hope this answers some questions.

    Tony :shades:
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    Seating position is very high. I don't have to "sit down" to get in the car, the seat hight matches my butt height perfectly. The SL trim comes with a height adjustable seat if it's not high enough already for you.

    Anyone paying 16K for the Versa got the SL model. Not sure if the extras are worth the $$ but I wanted the CVT and MP3 stereo so SL trim was it. Plus I bought early in July and took what had just rolled off the truck.

    I didn't like the 6sp. Top gear is too short IMO and the throttle seemed to "hang on" when you released it to shift. If it had a nice tall 6th gear for cruising (like it should have) I would be driving the base model right now. The car with CVT tachs 1000rpm less (2500) than the MT (3500) at 75mph. Which is why it's rated 2MPG higher, I think. Car is much quieter and comfortable to drive at that speed with the CVT.

  • My car came with a CVT. I came to the dealer near closing time, I said I will pay 16,200 for it but my wife told the saleman, she willing to pay $16,000 max. He asked us if we going to purchase the car tonight, we said yes and it was done. The price was about $178 under invoice and the car only have 8 miles. I live near Pittsburgh, PA.
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    thank you for your reply , both of you, ben and tony!
    good to know about the seating position.
    i don,t know if any of you remember or drove 1990"s honda civics?? well my friend had one and i rode in it often....i felt like i was seating on the road with a windshield in front of me! i had to " climb out" of that car... :mad:
    i was not interested in getting a car mainly because most of them are sitting too low. i am used to drive JEEPS or Trucks and i love sitting higher. I am 5'4 so I need to sit high and be able to see all around or I dont feel safe/confortable.

    the seats in the aveo and the scions (xB and xA) were just fine IMO.

    I have been looking to go test drive a Versa, since they came out, very hard to find one around here (rural kansas) but i will keep looking!

    I understand why some ppl are paying more for some options and i would sure like to but i am on a tight budget and i cant afford more than 13/15k for now... :cry:
    i am willing to give up some confort features (BUT NOT A/C!!) and drive a base new car with warranty.
  • flightnurseflightnurse Valley of HellPosts: 2,177
    I hear yeah regarding the A/C and since I live in Phoenix AZ I can tell you that the A/C works very good...

    Tony :shades:
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    Good news is that AC is standard on both S and SL

    Unlike some other car companies who advertize the dirt-floor price and that model has no AC. Once you add it, you're 1500-2000 higher than the base.

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,932
    A/C is typically a $800-1000 option in cars of this class, unless it's part of an options package.

    In this class, almost all competitors have standard A/C--including Fit, Yaris, Rabbit, Accent (GLS and SE), and Rio5.
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    not so Focus $1295, Aveo $2,240, Accent $3500, Caliber $1000

    The base models of these cars do not include AC. It's not just AC you get for the higher trim price, but if you want AC, that's what you're going to pay.

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,932
    A/C is a $910 option on the base (S) Focus ZX5, which is the closest Focus model to the Versa. The only Aveo 5-door available with factory A/C is the LS, on which A/C is standard. A/C is standard on the Accent 4-door and the SE hatch (as I noted); it's available in two packages on the GS hatch, which run $1350 (with stereo) and $1750 (with stereo and power package)--not $3500. And A/C is standard on the base Fit, base Yaris, and base Rio5.
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    I yield to your superior research and patience to dig through the configurators. Point is, though, that the base model Focus, Aveo, Accent, and Caliber all come without AC. And for most of those vehicles it is only available in a higher Trim, not as a stand-alone option, so if AC all what you want, you get soaked.

    If course, you can't by a Versa for $9995 either.

  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    to add A/C on an aveo SVM is 1500$ according to the chevy dealer i went to. conclusion: go with the LS trim!!! :)
    maybe if I was living somewhere else then Kansas, i wouldn't mind not having a/c but it is a MUST here!!

    i looked some nissan dealers again last night..only 1 dealer has one(a loaded one 16.000$+)then another one is getting one on friday... :mad:
    good thing i am not in a rush!! :)
    besides i am also waiting for the Suzuki SX4 to arrive :shades:
    it will be more expensive than the Versa but it will come with awd standard
    for 15k to 18k for a loaded one. forum, better stop talking about suzuki!! ;)
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    When does the suzuki come out?
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    it is suppose to be in september for the base model,($14.999)$ the loaded one (or sport) at 17.999$ will come out later, like in december.

    look up at, they have all the infos, specs, prices and a video about the SX4 under "vehicles"
    not sure how to post a link here but try this:
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 117,101
    ..back to Versa pricing...


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  • Is the Nissan web sit right? I can't get ABS with the convenience pack?
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    yeah...sorry :blush:
    was just ansering the question.
    there is a forum about the suzuki sx4 to discuss it.
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    The general consensus is the configurator on is broken. I don't think anyone knows for sure though. I haven't seen a post from anyone has bought both.

  • Tony,

    Could you please let me know the OTD price you paid for versa and the dealership where you bought the car.

    I'm also in Phoenix and would like to get as much info as possible.

  • flightnurseflightnurse Valley of HellPosts: 2,177
    hey Sandeep, I leased my Versa from Peoria Nissan. In leasing the 'Net Cap' is the sale price and mine was $16,500 now granted this was one week after the car was released.

    Tony :shades:
  • lorrralorrra Posts: 3
    Although the postings here reflect the gamut of buying experiences, my story is, unfortunately, on the "not so nice" end.

    I spent a fair amount of time researching the Versa, and test-drove it against a Civic, a Yaris and a Matrix. Obviously, I chose the Versa, and ended up buying from Victory Nissan of Macomb.

    My story: I chose Victory Nissan of Macomb based on the potential availability of a car that met my specifications (it was sold before I got to the dealership). Victory Nissan of Macomb sought to have a similar car shipped from a partner -- which I accepted. However, with no car onsite, there was no window sticker for me to view, and -- very oddly! -- the salesperson wasn't able to tell me the price of the car. YET, she presented me with a detailed financing plan. Huh?!?!?

    She did, however, indicate that the car was "at MSRP."

    Anyway, when I asked her about the $400-off coupon I had given her earlier, she said, "Oh! I'm sorry about this, but our margins are so low, we aren't able to honor this coupon." Mind you, nowhere on the coupon did it mention any restrictions.

    Foolishly, I allowed the process to continue and commenced to the closer's office, where I demanded to know exactly the MSRP of the car. I had specified ABS and power package, and knew I would also be charged $150 for a carpet kit that was tacked on. Based on my homework, I knew that the MSRP would be $14,155. To my surprise, I was being charged about $600 over MSRP! When I asked the closer for an explanation, he said that the cars sell like hotcakes and dealerships sometimes sell them over MSRP - which I had encountered at a different dealership. I indicated that the salesperson had assured it would be at MSRP.

    He then left the room to consult with the dark side, and returned with the explanation that the extra charge was for paint and carpet protection that had already been done.

    I should have bolted right then - $600 for Scotchguard and a wax job?!?!

    But, he made a very convincing argument. Sigh.

    Anyway, they make a very concerted effort to keep their customers/potential customers in the dark. I will not do business with them again, nor recommend them to anybody. In fact, I asked them to not brand my car with their logo - unless they would like to pay me for advertising their services.

    One other point: the salesperson told me that the dealership "requires" buyers to submit three "Referances" (misspelled by dealership - very professional!). I asked her why. I had already been approved for the loan. Was it a character reference? I didn't understand! She said, "We're salespeople. If you don't want to sign it, just write 'Refused' and initial it."

    (The light goes on: Oh! They want me to refer my friends to them! Absolutely not. Not until I have a satisfactory experience with this dealership.)

    And I still have delivery day to look forward to. Ugh! Heartburn already.

    Happy motoring.
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    I'd either find another dealership, or go buy a Mtrix. It's insane to buy a car for over MSRP, and rediculous to pay 600 for fabric and paint protection which , if they don't have the car in inventory, they obviously have NOT put on the car already. If you can back out of the deal still then RUN as fast as you can. You are being screwed.

  • bigbutrbigbutr Posts: 111
    Went to see if our local dealership had any on the lot, and lo and behold, they have one. While looking at the sticker(s), was shocked to see the price had jumped from 16,400 to nearly 19,600 with add-ons. Couldn't get a definitive answer as to what the $695 environmental package was nor why there was a 1995 early intro assessment except that it was a brand new car and commands a premium. Told him I like the Versa and all, but I could nicely equip a Mazda 3 for that much. Was then told that early intro assessment' was negotiable if I was serious' about purchasing. But wanting a credit app just to test drive was the final straw. Guess I'll be going somewhere else to check one out.
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    Okay NISSAN dealers: Get over yourselves!

    1995 early intro assesment? Call them SUCKER DOLLARS.

  • sngwrtrsngwrtr Posts: 14
    A $695 environmental package? what does that do - make the entire car biodegradable? Massachsetts, California and a few other states has emissions law that exceed the federal laws and no has tried to pass that one off on us yet. Even a certified Vermont tree-hugger wouldn't pay $695 for such a rediculous thing.

    I wonder if the original 1964 and 1/2 Ford Mustangs has an early intro assesment?????? 8-))

    Hope you have some other dealers readily available to you.
  • My wife and I just purchased a Magnetic Gray Versa SL from Carolina Nissan in Burlington NC. Paid 100$ below MSRP and it even came with a full tank of gas (really full, I pumped it myself).

    We love the car and the staff at the dealership was great. I'd suggest the car and the dealership to anyone. A great experience!! :shades:
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    Great Hevydevyhead,

    Make sure you come back and tell us how you like the car. And tell us how you get along with your gas mileage.

  • jlemonjlemon Posts: 1
    Does anyone have a picture of a Versa sunroof? My dealer said that models with sunroofs are not available until Jan/Feb, so I ordered a Versa without a sunroof, planning to put in an aftermarket roof. But now I'm wondering if the factory installed roof is an internal sliding model or a popup/slide type.

    Also, has anyone installed an aftermarket sunroof in the Versa, and how difficult is that to do?
  • flightnurseflightnurse Valley of HellPosts: 2,177
    MSRP (manufacturer's) suggested retail price is that suggested price for the car, doesn't mean you have to pay for it. Here in PHX when the FIT's came to market showcare Honda was asking 3K in MAP or (Market Adjustment price) for them, yes 3K profit over and above the build in profit that MSRP gives them. I saw the FIT on friday, and on Sunday got a call telling me that the Fits are on sale up to 3K off.. I laughed, and THIS was from a 'sales mamager.' I guess what I'm getting at is, you pay what you feel is fair, granted dealers make money is lots of different ways, whether its in the Fianceing, or add ons they put on the car.

    My rule is, if you have a 'gut' feeling something isn't right, then something isn't right, LEAVE...

  • reuropareuropa Posts: 7
    Wanted to way in on my experience. Just bought the 2007 Versa SL, CVT transmission, with convenience package and I am thrilled to death with it. Over last several days, I test drove 11 cars from several different dealers and makers. (I actually really dug the Mazda3, but I didn't like the handling much on some turns and how it handled bumps, and the sales guy I dealt with was rather jerkish. So that was a real turnoff). Saw a review of the Versa on Edmunds and thought, hey, I like this. Kind of funky car. So I drove it yesterday, then wanted to mull it over a bit, do some price comparisons, etc. Went back today and bought it. I ended up with the black exterior, beige interior, spash guards, bluetooth, leather steering column with the mounted controls, remote keyles entry, alloy wheels - the full convenience package. Was quoted original price of $16,715 (minus tax, title, tags). I got the car for $16,415, plus $1,000 cash down and $1300 on a trade-in (pleasant surprise, since bluebook and others rated my car as worth maybe $950 on trade in; my trade-in was a 95 Neon Highline with 95k miles on it). So I paid $14,115 (before tax, title, tags). Wanted a sunroof, but didn't stress over it since I can get it much cheaper anyway later in aftermarket. (Same with stereo & speakers. I always prefer to go with my own stereo shops for audio systems.) I had a great sales guy and overall, it was a pleasant experience. No pressure (since I said up front that I'm pretty flexible and if they couldn't get me the car at a price I wanted, well, there were certainly hundreds of other car makers and dealerships I'd be happy to give my money to ). Mine also came with full tank of gas. So once I fill up again, will be interesting to see what the true mileage city/highway is. I also opted for a two-year lease, something I've never done. But hey, there's a first time for everything But overall, I'm pretty happy. I bought from a dealership in Maryland (Glen Burnie). Would happily recommend them to anyone in the area looking at the Versa.
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