The Nissan Versa is offered in two body styles: sedan and hatchback. Both models offer great fuel economy, satisfying ride comfort and roomy cabin at just below $20k. It’s a good car to get around in. But if you want something that’s more fun to drive, give the likes of Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta a look.
UNDER THE HOOD
The 2014 Versa is a front-wheel-drive with a 1.6-liter 4-cylidner engine that generates 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. The S models are standard with a 5-speed manual transmission. A 4-speed automatic is optional on the sedans only. Other Versa models get a continuously variable transmission or CVT.
Here are the EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2014 Nissan Versa:
|5-speed manual||27 mpg||36 mpg||30 mpg|
|4-speed automatic (sedans only)||26 mpg||35 mpg||30 mpg|
|CVT||31 mpg||40 mpg||35 mpg|
ON THE ROAD
There’s nothing special about the 1.6-liter engine and the amount of power it gives the Versa. But you might find its acceleration sufficient.
The Versa’s suspension has been tuned for comfort rather than anything else. This is why the ride comfort it offers is unparalleled in the class. The small car effortlessly absorbs small bumps on the road to keep the ride smooth. But even if larger bumps would sometimes disturb the ride, the Versa remains stable.
With the CVT models managing up to 35 mpg combined estimate, the Nissan Versa is one of the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid cars in the market.
INSIDE THE 2014 VERSA
One remarkable thing about the Nissan Versa is its roominess. The backseat have ample headroom and legroom for two adult passengers. Some reviewers, though, find the front seats’ comfort waning in long trips. Cargo space is a generous 14.8 cubic-foot in sedans and 21.4 in hatchbacks.
The materials used are of low quality compared with other vehicles in the segment. But the controls and the gauges are at least easy to understand. Cabin tech, such as keyless entry and ignition, rearview monitor, iPod interface and Bluetooth, add to the desirability factor of the Versa. It’s quite a good deal for less than $20,000.
The 2014 Nissan Versa sedan comes in S, S Plus, SV or SL style. The Versa Note (hatchback), meanwhile, has S, S Plus and SV trim levels.
The Versa S comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, trip computer, front and rear cup holders, battery saver, 4-way manual driver seat, silver interior accents, multi-reflector halogen headlights, black exterior details (side mirrors, grille and door handles), cloth seats, 2-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary audio input. The hatchback version adds 4 speakers and a split fold-down rear seat.
The S Plus trim has rear spoiler with LED brake light, cruise control, silver-accented steering wheel, and 4 speakers.
Versa SV models have power outside mirrors, chrome-accented grille, chrome door handles, electroluminescent gauges, keyless entry, remote trunk release, power door locks and windows, 6-way manual driver seat, upgraded cloth upholstery, cloth door trim, split fold-down rear seat, driver’s seat armrest, and silver and chrome interior accents. Versa Note SV adds Bluetooth, leather-wrapped steering wheel, fabric headliner, and illuminated steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.
The SL trim equips the Versa with 4.3-inch color display, satellite radio, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Bluetooth, push-button ignition, fabric headliner, vehicle immobilizer system, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and USB/iPod interface.
Some optional features are offered in packages. For example, navigation system, Pandora, hands-free text messaging, and Google Send-to-Car are bundled as SL Tech Package. The SL Package for the Note has Divide-N-Hide adjustable floor, heated outside mirrors, USB/iPod interface, rearview monitor, heated front seats, fog lights and satellite radio, among others.
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