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Nissan Versa



  • When is the next-gen Focus being introduced here? I remember reading that they would do that before the Fiesta, otherwise the Fiesta would decimate Focus sales.

    Meanwhile, the Europeans already have the new Focus. The closest we can get is the Mazda3 or Volvo S40.

    Anyway, it'll be cool to have the Fiesta. The current model is a sharp little car. It should compete well with the Versa, Yaris, Fit, etc. Now Mazda needs to bring their little Mazda2 over!
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,234
    Fiesta is a smart move by Ford. The more I read about the current auto industry and what Ford Motor Company is doing the more I see them recovering here domestically than GM.

    Why? Because of the new Fusion mid-size car for one reason. Look at what it offers. Sharp, crisp design and way more than adequate driving capabilities. Ford has priced it competitively as well.

    Ford needs a solid, dependable seller in the small car range and the Focus just seems to confound Ford's own engineers. Look at how many recalls they've needed with that car. The Fiesta will give them that and Mazda's Mazda2 is destined for success, too. Good moves. Noggins are still operating amidst the smog. Refreshing.

    OTOH-Nissan's new Versa is dull and strange-angular looking. It is just another example of sub-par body style engineering by Nissan. Looks cheap and probably is very cheap. I'm not impressed at all by it.

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  • The Mazda 2 is too boxy for me. The lines from the side to the rear evokes a 70's econo hatchback, while the front looks like old Mazda Protege. I cannot say the same for the Fiesta. Between the two, Fiesta is a winner. OTOH when you consider the offerings from Honda, Toyota and Nissan, its a different story. As it is my favorite is the Versa, Yaris, Fiesta and Fit.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    the Ford Fiesta.

    I also prefer the Focus that the rest of the world gets, but that is another story.
  • Well after reading the review of the Yaris here, My mind is almost made up that my next car will be the Nissan Versa SL or Lexus IS250 RWD. I dont need to wait for the Honda Fit, I've seen it personally and it doesnt excite me. The Yaris doesnt come with the configuration that I want , 5 door HB. I like the Ford Fiesta but I dont know when Ford will bring it here. If ever they bring it here, my advice, for their sake is , dont mess with the interior. Dont do anything on the interior like you did on the Ford Focus. I like the Kia Rio 5 SX except for the black body cladding and the name Kia. I'm sorry but I still couldnt get myself to buy and drive a Kia and the black body and bumper cladding doesnt help. Its like I have no option but to choose black exterior color. The Mazda 2, forget it its a ho-hum design. The Hyundai Getz looks better.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    These are two TOTALLY different cars. For the price of an IS250, you can get TWO Versas.

    I like the Yaris sedan. It'd make a nice car for my wife who prefers little cars that are easy to park. (although she's been warming up to the Infiniti slowly)
  • I have test driven the IS's and found the 250 enough for the roads/freeways here in Texas. The 350 is an overkill in my opinion. Beside, I dont go for the 0-60 or 1/4 mile stats. The stats I'm concern about is my driving record stats and bank account stats. Racing on public roads is for complete idiots IMO. AT this age, I'm in my mid 30's, I think I deserve to dip a little in the pot of luxury but not break the bank in doing so.
    Going back to the Versa. I would want to test drive it first of course. It would be nice driving a Nissan again.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Why don't you give the G35 a try if you want to own a Nissan again?
  • One of the criterias in choosing a car is styling . I dont like the styling of G35. I consider the IS or the TL the best looking car that I can afford today. People complain about the performance and stuff but who are you going to race? Most of the cars on the road are the Camrys, the Accords, the Altimas , the SUV's, the minivans and the trucks. How difficult it is to merge on the freeway? How difficult it is to overtake these vehicles? People think that theyre in some kind of danger not driving 250+ HP cars. Common, most of the cars on the road have just 4 cyl. engine.
  • It's funny how people think they need so much power but-
    A) The vast majority couldn't tell you how much hp their car has if their lives depended on it,
    B) Even more of them will never use more than half the available power.

    I've always been a fan of eating what's on my plate, but not ordering more than I need. My current 160hp/5-speed manual (Mazda3) is plenty for my needs. I am envious that the Versa gets a 6-speed, though. I wonder if the Honda Fit will have one also?
  • I notice when you go to the Versa site thru, it shows "Hatchback Available Summer 2006". Will it be first and the Sedan later?
  • that is correct.
    We got burned on a 1997 200sx, so we are Nissan-shy, so-to-speak, these days.

    If this is mainly a Renault Megane(sp?), it may be interesting for us.

    Also, what are 0-60 times? That would be important, due to lot of merging onto hwy traffic areas.

    NVH would be somewhat of a deal breaker, also.
    our 90 sentra was a great car, especially compared to the so called entry level cars today,which, by comparison, seemed louder, slower, and not quite as solidly built, either.
    Anyhow, I read the hatchback is 169.1 inches long, and the sedan 175.9.
    They are calling these sub-compacts?
    Also, read 120HP/125 torque.

    The Hatch is about same length as the Suzuki Reno.

    Read 38 mpg is combined?

    Guess we will have to wait and see,and drive one for ourselves next Summer/Fall.

    NVH is also another factor. Seems lot of small cars are loud anymore, at least if you have to "floor it", from say 0-45 mph.
    Rio sedan I tested was loud, if you had to keep moving with traffic(flooring it). Once you hit 45, or take off slowly, fairly quiet.
    I guess that's why these small cars have loud stereos :D
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    They are calling these sub-compacts?

    If as advertised the Versa can comfortably hold five adults, it would likely be in the EPA "compact" class at the least, based on interior volume, possibly even in the mid-sized class (e.g. the Elantra sedan, which is about the same length as the Versa sedan, is in the EPA "mid-sized" class.
  • I would guess that 0-60 times will be in the high 8 sec.
    Curb weight is at 2574lbs
    Versa's dimension in millimeter(divide by 25.4 for inches)

    The new Bluebird Sylphy was released in Japan last week.





    The previous Bluebird Sylphy was marketed as the Sentra in Asia. Will this new Sylphy be the new Sentra? I cant wait for the NAIAS.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    I have heard that Nissan will take the next Sentra up-market, leaving room at the bottom for the Versa, so maybe that IS the next Sentra (hope hope). However, the Sentra in Asia looks different than the Sentra we have here.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I agree. A 4 cylinder is plenty enough for most Americans.
  • nwngnwng Posts: 664
    a 4 cylinder hatchback with rwd and a stick is ALL I need
  • Nissan has only themselves to blame for consumer’s lack of enthusiasm to Versa and Sentra. The Sentra was last redesigned 6 years ago. Although it bested its contemporaries after its release, it was left behind immediately after a year with the introduction of the new Civic in 2001 , Corolla in 2002 and Mazda 3 in the 2003.

    IMO, the last generation Sentra was designed without foresight. The physical aspect of the car and the powertrain was immediately outdated by the superior offering from the competitor. Worse is, they left the car in cold storage for half a decade.

    And now the new Sentra has just been announced at NAIAS; pictures and press released were all over the Internet ; and yet nobody is taking notice, not even here at Edmunds. Even the lowly Accent and Rio has its discussion forum months before the release but none for the Sentra.

    I’m really excited about the redesign. Initial information are encouraging but the MPG leaves a lot to be desired. A 29city/36 hwy for a car with CVT isn’t cutting edge by any means. Designing a car that is suppose to beat the present competition doesn’t work anymore. By the end of the yer the new Corolla will be in and in a couple of years the Mazda 3.
    I don’t even know which class the new Sentra is competing in. Considering the size of the Versa I would hope that it’s larger than the Civic and Corolla but smaller than the midsize Camry and Accord. I don’t know any car that is positioned between those. With its size, I hope that front/ rear headroom, legroom and shoulder room will be class leading. Storage options are unbelievable! I love the trunk and how the 60/40 split reat seats/ fold flat.
    The price however isn’t final yet. The base model has power everything, 6 spd manual and 2L 135 HP engine with CVT and SAB as option. That’s a nice packaging and I hope they keep it that way. Nissan knows who they’re competing with so they shouldn’t price this out of the competition.
  • agalasagalas Posts: 38
    Check out the Nissan website, Versa looks good

    CVT wagon, (SL) with ABS and Side Airbags also has security, power everything and comes in at $16,300 including destination.

    Including Tax, liscence and registration, and assuming a $750 discount at some point, the Versa is a $17,000 drive out the door car that gets 38 mpg, and is comfortable, relativly sporty and has a good beige interior.

    Assuming the reliability is better than the crap Nissan has been pulling lately, and by that I mean, Toyota or Honda quality, it will do well against the Fit.

    Although the Fit does have the benefit of being a $14,500 drive out the door, manual version. But it only gets 35.5 mpg, an abomination.

    Overall, I am excited as hell about the recent explosion of small cars. Its about time we good people got some cars and not just the gas guzzling bastards in the SUVs,(drivers of suv hybrids are exluded from this remark).
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    The other thing to keep in mind is that Nissan is known to offer rebates on their vehicles, and Honda does not. So the OTD pricing on comparably-equipped cars (Versa and Fit) might be much closer.
  • nwngnwng Posts: 664
    I think the matrix is its major competitor and it's due for a redesign with the new corolla.

    Sorry, but the dash already look outdated (for a brand spanking new 2006 design)and abs is still optional
  • Has the 38 mpg rating on the Versa been officially announced as the "combined" fuel economy, or is it just one of those "up to 38 mpg" because there is a big difference there.

    The Fit receives 33/38 for the manual
    The Yaris receives 34/40 for the manual

    I can only imagine that the Versa receives 38 for the highway in a manual, just like the Fit. The Versa is larger, no doubt heavier, has a larger engine, and will probably be geared similarly to the Fit or Yaris.

    So in the end, the Fit's so-called "abomination" might be just the same as the Versa.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    The Nissan spokesperson quoted in the original announcement last fall was quite clear that it was 38 mpg combined.
  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla VirginiaPosts: 707
    It's pretty sad that the biggest car of the three (Fit, Yaris, and Versa), with the highest weight, and the biggest engine is going to have the highest fuel efficiency of them all.

    Looks like Nissan is the place to go for high MPG vehicles with decent power.
  • I hope for our sake you are right. Lets see a comparison between two engines from Versa and Sentra:
    Versa 1.8L w/ CVT Sentra 2.0L w/ CVT
    120 HP 135 HP
    38 combined MPG??? 29city/36 hwy/32.5 combined

    Something is not right. A 0.2L difference in displacement equals to a 15HP gain. Did they detuned the 1.8L engine to achieve a higher MPG? I
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    Maybe they did. Also I suspect the new Sentra is heavier than the Versa.
  • The Versa gets something the Fit and Yaris don't- a 6-speed manual. There's also a CVT available on the SL model. Both are features that are unique in this class, to my knowledge.
  • That should do wonders for acceleration in the Sentra, NOT!

    The current Sentra (excluding SE-R models) is a slug and it appears the new one will continue that heritage. I know none of the cars in this class really need massive amounts of power, but you'd think the car from the folks who build the Altima SE/SE-R and Maxima would give their entry level a little more kick.

    Perhaps they could fit the 2.5L from the Altima into the Sentra for the SE version like they currently do?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    I don't know how heavy the new Sentra will be, but my '01 Elantra is close to 2800 pounds and has a 2.0L, 135 hp engine (like the Sentra), and it's no slug. No drag racer, either, but it will do 0-60 in the low 8's with the 5-speed. The Sentra will have a 6-speed standard. So it should have more than enough getupandgo for many economy car drivers.

    I'd prefer the Versa to the Sentra, though--more versatile, better fuel economy, and a lot less expensive.
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