The Affordable and Efficient 2015 Nissan Versa
As the least expensive new car on the entire market the Nissan Versa shows up as a very affordable and efficient car made mostly for the daily commuters. This car which debuted last year as a hatchback in the Versa Note model, comes in a sedan form this year carrying the lowest price tag of any car on the market. Competing with the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio and Honda Fit, the Versa isn’t quite as much fun to drive as these others, but it is still the least expensive allowing owners to enjoy a car that is roomy and efficient.
With room for up to five and a fuel efficiency that reaches nearly 40 mpg the Versa is a great car for those who carpool to work on a daily basis. The simple reality is most driving isn’t that exciting no matter what kind of car is owned and the Versa offers plenty of what is need to get anyone around. For 2015 the Versa adds new front and rear fascias and a bit of an interior improvement as well. Bluetooth connectivity is added to the base models and the Note adds the SR trim to give it a sportier appearance and feel.
As an economy car the expectations are not very high for the Versa, but it actually offers a very smooth ride and adequately quiet cabin to allow enjoyment while on the road. The steering is nicely tuned and responds well to any inputs. In any model the Versa can turn easily making U-turns and tight corners a breeze to handle. The suspension is decent enough, although occupants will feel the road defects they won’t be jarred to injury or headache from them.
Only one engine is found in the Versa regardless of model. This engine comes in the form of a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine that offers a meager 109 horsepower and 107 lb.-ft. of torque. There are three transmission possibilities for the Versa, starting with the five-speed manual that can be found in the Sedan and Note base models the fuel efficiency offered is 27 city/36 hwy mpg. In the S model a four-speed automatic is found giving a fuel efficiency of 26 city/35 hwy mpg. All other models receive the continuously variable automatic transmission with allows for a 31 city/40 hwy mpg fuel efficiency to be enjoyed.
Even though the outside of the Versa doesn’t look very large at all the interior is roomy with a ton of legroom even for the rear seat passengers making the Versa in any form a great car for the carpool crowd. The trunk space adds 14.9 cubic feet of space for the Sedan and 18.8 for the Note to make getting groceries much easier. The rear seats in both versions fold down to add even more cargo space with a 60/40 split bench. The control area is intuitive and simple to understand and the materials are exactly what is expected in a very basic car.
From the outside the Versa joins the larger Nissan offerings to come in as a very attractive car. The front face touts an angular grill that is trimmed in chrome plating and flanked by swept back headlights. The shape of the Versa is very basic which helps to make it easy to offer for such a low price. With a style that is shorter, the Note models have a more energetic look than the sedan and the SR trim adds an even sportier overall look to the car, hiding the fact that it is economical and basic.
The standard equipment offered for the Versa include air condition, a two-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity for the base Sedan model. Moving up the higher trims will add power windows and locks, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, and a remote trunk release. The base Note model includes the same basic features as the Sedan, but offers four speakers and the 60/40 split rear bench. In any version, the base models are just that, very basic, but if a low price is what the shopper is looking for the Versa makes a great choice to spend a lot less than on other models.
The optional features work their way up the trim levels for the Versa starting with the SV model that adds a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, a split-folding rear seat, upgraded seat fabric and an upgraded audio system that includes a USB port. The SL model includes the NissanConnect system, push-button ignition, a premium audio system with a five-inch display and Bluetooth audio streaming. Adding the Tech Package will gain a navigation system, a rearview camera, and the around view monitor to help keep everyone safely travelling in the right direction. No doubt adding features and climbing trim levels for the Versa can gain some great benefits for any owner.
As the very base and basic model the Versa Sedan starts at $12,800. Add the automatic transmission and the price moves up to $14,000. The Note hatchback starts it’s pricing around $15,000 and the top of the line, fully loaded version of the Versa can achieve a price around $20,000. Even at this price the Versa is extremely affordable and makes for a great car for the daily commuter or car pool lane to enjoy.