One of the most affordable cars on the market, the 2010 Nissan Versa is a compact car which is available as a sedan or a three-door hatchback. The Versa seats five passengers with both body-styles. Two engines are available; a 1.6L four-cylinder which produces 107 hp or a 122 hp 1.8L four-cylinder. The 1.6L engine comes standard with a five-speed manual however a four-speed automatic is optional. The 1.8L is available with a six-speed manual and four-speed automatic, however the SL trim can be equipped with a CVT. The Versa is rated at 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.Read more Read less
The Versa will be offered for the first time with a navigation system -- arriving later in the model year as part of a Navigation/Satellite Package. Also featured in the package, only offered on the top-of-the-line SL models, will be two subscription services: XM NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and XM Satellite Radio. The new 1.6 models introduced last year continue with few changes, but Versa 1.8 models are now further differentiated from the basic 1.6 models with an upgraded front grille, new interior fabrics, a new wheel cover design, and reddish-orange illumination with white-illuminated instruments. A new 16-inch alloy wheel option is offered on the 1.8 SL models, and they get standard electronic stability control and an iPod interface. All the elements of last year's Sport Package, including side sills, a spoiler and more aggressive front and rear fascias, are now standard on the 1.8 SL.
Bargain base price; smooth ride; relatively quiet cabin; seating space; cargo versatility in the hatchback model
The Versa feels more substantial than other cars in this class and has a nice, smooth ride, along with a quiet cabin and an especially roomy interior; Nissan claims best-in-class rear legroom. In its upper S and SL trims, it can be very well equipped by checking a few options boxes. And for those who wish to keep it basic, the Versa is one of the first models you should look at. With a starting price of just $9,990, the Versa Base is one of the least expensive new cars available in the U.S.