By on October 12, 2011

Do you have automotive tastes common among people of a certain age? Not a fan of huge wheels or firm seats? Want something economical? Meet the new 2012 Nissan Versa.

Some small cars are comfortable with their small car-ness. Others, not so well-adjusted, put on airs well above their station. Like more than a few post-war European sedans, the new Versa falls into the latter camp. A high, bulbous front end strives for big car road presence, but tall, narrow proportions blow the charade. In the side profile, a stylishly plunging roof line primarily succeeds in truncating rear headroom, combined as it is with a bulbous nose, barn door bodysides, and (by current standards) tiny 15-inch wheels. When the Chinese knock off the new Versa they might actually improve it.

As long as you don’t look closely or touch anything, the interior of the 2012 Versa almost passes as luxurious, with chrome highlights and the taupe/tan color scheme that’s been a Lexus staple since the first LS 400 rolled off the boat. High-mounted, spongy seats continue the “compact luxury” play. But the hard plastic door-mounted armrests do not—those in a high-end previous generation Versa were far more amenable to elbows. If there’s a design here it’s certainly not a coherent one. The tall, chunky center stack would be more at home in an MPV. In the Versa it locates the audio system controls beyond easy reach. And the climate control area at its base…I haven’t a clue what the designer was thinking. Shame about the impact of the plunging roof line on rear headroom, as there’s substantially more rear legroom than in most competitors.

Compared to the previous-generation Versa (which lives on in hatchback form), the new one is about the same size but, at just over 2,400 pounds, over 300 pounds lighter. The weight loss is welcome, as an uncouth 109-horsepower 1.6-liter engine is no longer just the base engine—it’s the only engine. Paired with a CVT (a five-speed manual is offered only on the base S trim), the 1.6 moves the flyweight car well enough. According to the stopwatch, anyway. Your ears will report all of the side effects that have made CVTs as (un)popular as they are today. Nissan has some passable CVT implementations that don’t inspire thoughts of rubber bands, slipping clutches, and angry lawn care equipment. This isn’t one of them.

The EPA fuel economy ratings of 30 city, 38 highway, while much better than the 2011 1.8SL’s 24/32, don’t quite match the segment’s best. But you’d never know this from the trip computer, which reports over 40 (even 46 for one light-footed fifteen-mile trip) in typical suburban driving. Trip computers can be optimistic, but the gas gauge (Nissan’s traditional orange LCDs) moved less over the course of a day than some move while idling at a traffic light.

The suspension is tuned much like the seats, so there’s copious body roll in turns, limited grip, and considerable bobbling about over poorly maintained roads. No dynamic surprises, though, aside from the modest amounts of understeer and tire squeal (credit the 185/65HR15 Continental ContiProContacts for the latter). Noise levels (when the CVT isn’t doing its thing) are in line with current competitors, so much lower than the bygone B-segment norm.

Clearly, the new Versa was engineered to hit a low price point, and does start at $11,750, $1,455 lower than the 2012 Accent, the second-cheapest car currently offered in the U.S. And the Versa, unlike the Accent, comes standard with conditioned air. Live large with an SL like the car reviewed and the sticker jumps to $16,320. Not so cheap, but over $1,700 less than a 2011 SL with Convenience Package (for the now standard Bluetooth). The 2011 did include about $700 in additional features according to TrueDelta’s Car Price Comparison Tool—some luxuries like keyless ignition, leather-wrapped steering wheel, center armrests, and a passenger-side vanity mirror are no longer available—but this still leaves the 2012 a grand more affordable.

Unfortunately, the price cut only brings the Versa 1.6 SL in line with superior competitors. A Ford Fiesta SE with SYNC and Sport Appearance Packages lists for nearly $1,000 more, but includes over $1,000 in additional features. The story is much the same with the new Hyundai Accent GLS with Comfort and Premium Packages: $900 higher sticker, but over $700 in additional features.

So the new Versa isn’t a value play. Financially, it only makes sense—in base trim—for those who must pay as little as possible for that new car smell. In as-tested SL trim the Versa leads the competition in hardly anything, trails them in many things, and costs about the same. So who’s going to buy it? As noted in the introduction, not everyone is a fan of the latest automotive trends. Those seeking the character of a post-Reuss, pre-Lutz Buick, in a much smaller, more economy-minded package, will find what they’re looking for here.

Nissan provided the vehicle, insurance and one tank of gas for this review.

Michael Karesh operates TrueDelta, an online source of automotive pricing and reliability data.

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73 Comments on “Review: 2012 Nissan Versa...”


  • avatar
    genuineleather

    That rear overhang is insane.

  • avatar
    redmondjp

    Is it just me, or has the Versa gotten less ugly than it used to be?

    It also seems to be growing, and is now solidly in the Sentra size range, in the same way that the current Civic is as big as older Accords.

    OT but Nissan-related – I was driving behind a Nissan Leaf yesterday, the first one I have seen out in trafffic. It looked pretty good.

  • avatar
    Mandalorian

    Nissan should have put a column-shift automatic in, as it would free up a lot of space.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    Shame about the plunging roofline, as there’s substantially more rear legroom than in most competitors

    How does it compare to the previous Versa? Rear-seat room was that car’s strength.

  • avatar
    SV

    What an unappealing car. The old Versa, though somewhat awkward-looking, wasn’t nearly as gawky as this thing. The Fiesta sedan has a similarly large rear overhang but somehow manages to make it look much, much less offensive.

    The interior’s cacophony of beige blobby-shapes reminds me of a late-90s GM cabin.

    And it doesn’t sound like the rest of the car’s any better – the old Versa wasn’t a handler but at least had class-leading refinement, and even that seems to have been lost.

    The worst part is that the Versa was by a huge margin the best-selling B-segment car in the US last month; apparently, cheap, nasty and ugly are exactly what Americans want these days.

    • 0 avatar
      rickhamilton620

      I agree, the outgoing Versa sedan was a much better car. It wasn’t the best handler out there but sit in a Versa SL and the interior was easily best in segment: Soft-touch plastics everywhere (even on the rear doors, something that the Fiesta lacks) decent hard plastic and the shapes of things like the dash and door trim didn’t look blatantly cheap unlike the new car.

      Not to mention the high end options you could get like Smart Key, bluetooth, navigation, etc.

      It was the first “luxury” subcompact IMO.

      The new one’s definitely a member of the “2011 Jetta” school of development, sitting right alongside the new Civic.

  • avatar
    marc

    Does anyone know the Versa’s fleet numbers? Seems like every other Budget rental or Zipcar I find myself in in, regrettably, a Versa. Who else wants these bargain basement penalty boxes?

  • avatar
    carguy

    Another great example of why buying used is the way to go in that price range.

    • 0 avatar
      carlisimo

      Used was once an obvious choice, but in the last several months slightly-used cars have become almost as expensive as new ones. You have to go older than before to really save money.

      • 0 avatar
        toxicroach

        Eh. For 12-15 grand you could probably pick up a 2008 Escape or something. It might have 40,000 miles on it, but you can still pick up a helluva nice used car. The new car smell is not as valued as it once was, but you could easily pick up a reliable, reasonably loaded vehicle that will last you a decade of normal driving.

      • 0 avatar
        benzaholic

        @roachie:
        I just checked autotrader.com.
        To get down to $12,000 on a 2008 Escape, you’re looking at a fairly basic model with close to 100,000 miles.
        For 40,000-ish miles, they’re asking 17 to 20 thousand.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    It starts to look better when photographed with the Accent.

  • avatar
    Demetri

    I’m glad at least one automaker is still willing to sell a cheap car. The closest thing in the price range anymore, is a base model Fiesta sedan, and that costs 2 grand more. Everyone else wants 15 grand for a basic car now. If something happened to my car, this is probably the only thing I would buy.

  • avatar
    Wheatridger

    Have the improved the crashworthiness? I was about to test-drive a 2011 Versa when I saw the NHTSA results on the window. Plenty of triple stars, and even twin stars there. Ouch! I told the saleswoman not to bother fetching the keys. If I didn’t want a safe car, I’d drive a fun, cheap older car.

    • 0 avatar
      Marko

      It might be a little better than the previous model, but I have my doubts about it being a “Top Pick”, “5 Star” all around, etc.

      (The only subcompacts to get the IIHS “Top Pick” so far have been the Sonic and the Fiesta – the Accent, Mazda2, and Fit miss that mark. The newest Yaris and Rio haven’t been tested yet.)

  • avatar
    TonyJZX

    this feels like a car designed in india or china and marked “for domestic use only”

    with the Koreans, Ford, GM (to some degree) you get the feeling they are trying to make a well designed cheap small car

    what are Nissan doing exactly? trying to make the cheapest mediocre car on the planet?

    • 0 avatar
      Prado

      Agree. This has ‘For rental use only’ written all over it.

    • 0 avatar
      SV

      I do get the sense this is something meant for China or India that Nissan decided to sell here as an afterthought, because it’s “cheap”.

      The true replacement for the old Versa would be the new Tiida (which the old Versa was called elsewhere, so there you go). It’s not exactly a masterpiece, but it’s pleasant-looking and far, far better than the monstrosity we’re getting:

      http://www.netcarshow.com/nissan/2012-tiida/

      It’s probably what will replace the Versa hatchback, so even more so than with other subcompacts the hatch will be the way to go with this car.

    • 0 avatar
      laphoneuser

      Couldn’t agree more about the India/China comment.

      I keep looking at the side profile picture, and my mind simply refuses to believe that this is a car for 2012.

      What a shame. I really thought the outgoing Versa was a respectable car.

  • avatar
    Amendment X

    Reminds me of why Nissan always has been a second-tier Japanese car. It reeks of bean counting.

    Garbage. I’ll take a Hyundai or Kia over this any day.

    • 0 avatar
      TonyJZX

      to be fair to Nissan when they try hard, they succeed outside of their station.

      Americans do not know much about the 1955 to 2002 Skyline legacy.

      However they can “out-Toyota” Toyota on a incredible scale as seen by the mass of undistinguished cars of the last few generations.

      Also one might want to contrast with the EU standard Nissan Tiida/Pulsar hatch which should get the Juke turbo four.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        I don’t think your definition of ‘out-Toyotaing’ Toyota is anything remotely like mine. Toyota builds cars you can depend on. If there is a problem, they don’t stab you in the back. Nissan builds learning experiences.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Those seeking the character of a post-Reuss, pre-Lutz Buick, in a much smaller, more economy-minded package, will find what they’re looking for here.

    Ooooooouch!

  • avatar
    Marko

    I didn’t expect much from the Versa, but I didn’t expect it to be this bad. (Reviews elsewhere agree with this one.)

  • avatar
    Joss

    Does seem like a step backwards from the old one. I don’t see a center armrest anywhere in the above pics. Still early production flaws aside I think this Versa will prove a reliable if dreary ride.

  • avatar
    windnsea00

    Back in 2007 I felt the Versa was ahead of the game.

    Little touches such as squishy door armrests, auto up/down driver window, 3-spoke steering wheel, short and smooth traveling wiper/blinker stalks, very smooth key ignition when turning car off/on, large greenhouse, comfy seats and ride, impressive NVH for the class, and lastly incredible rear headroom/legroom really stood out among the competitors.

    This new model is hideous and looks incredibly cheap, really too bad!

    • 0 avatar
      Wheatridger

      It is a disappointment. As a motorist who sits tall in the saddle, I liked the old Versa’s upright stance. That was spoiled by its elevated seats, though.

      How much MPG is lost by making a car a few inches taller? With CAFE rules ever-tightening and the taste for powerful engines continuing, I fear that each generation of new models will be dancing a Limbo tune, “Lower, lower…”

  • avatar
    tmport

    Ghastly. It’s hard to imagine what Nissan was thinking. The old Versa was a nice little car, despite its flaws (rear seats that didn’t fold flat, for one). The interior was a strong point, and the exterior on the 5-door was appealing in a plain, boxy sort of way. This new version, by comparison, is wrong in nearly every way.

  • avatar
    mitchw

    When I first saw one of these in the flesh I thought Nissan had lost their minds. Or at least were only concerned with aero.

    But when I read this line, “When the Chinese knock off the new Versa they might actually improve it,” I gasped.

  • avatar
    Hildy Johnson

    As long as the dollar continues to slide, you are going to see more of this. Next up, straw mattresses for back seats and doors filled with sawdust for sound proofing.

  • avatar
    threeer

    Opinions being what they are…unless this thing doesn’t photograph well and it looks much better in person, the styling seems to me to be dated right out of the box. And their ads for “the most headroom per dollar?” Who’s actually out there measuring that metric? I think Kia and Hyundai don’t need to stay up too late at night worrying about this one…

  • avatar

    Look into the third paragraph, there’s hard plastic there (by its proper name, no less – not “inexpensive” plastic or some other euphemenism).

  • avatar
    LeMansteve

    Judging by one of the pictures, the thing idles around 1,500rpm…? Is that a feature inherent to engines mated to CVTs?

  • avatar
    James2

    Yuck. Did the people Nissan assigned to do this car even bother to show up for work?

  • avatar
    fred schumacher

    A base price under $12,000 for a vehicle not made in China or India is a significant accomplishment. It’s also about time the industry starts moving away from excessive engine power and fashionable big rims in small cars and back to something more functional. We do have terrible roads in America, unlike in Europe where rubber band tires don’t result in broken rims.

    The era of single-income families, stable jobs, and rising expectations apparently was a short-term, post-war aberration. That economy has been rapidly disappearing over the past three decades and died in 2007. Families now have much less disposable income than they did even a decade ago, and the prognosis for the future is not good.

    We have productivity-increased ourselves out of jobs, with 90% of the benefits going to the super wealthy. More money in fewer hands means less circulation of wealth and declining overall economy activity. Our GINI number is in banana republic territory, so auto manufacturers had better get used to that new reality. It seems Nissan and VW are taking this brave new world of declining expectations seriously.

    • 0 avatar
      shaker

      Wow… that was depressing.

      Even more so because it’s essentially correct.

      So expect to see a lot more of these on the roads, peppered with a smattering of Beemers (new wealth) and Caddys (old wealth).

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      I’ll try to provide a small positive counterpoint. This Versa may seem like a hunk of junk compared to most other cars in its class, but it is still objectively better in just about every metric to the c-class cars of just 10-15 years ago. Even at the dirt cheap base price, you get air conditioning, a useable backseat, and lots of safety features rarely available in economy cars not too long ago.

      So the middle class is shrinking, but in this brave new world of widening income disparity, we can take cold comfort in knowing that the strippo appliance from Nissan that we can actually afford at least provides our struggling families with ABS and airbags.

  • avatar
    dme123

    Good God, that has to be one of the ugliest and worst proportioned cars I have seen for a long time. That stubby but bulbous nose, massively slabby high sides and rear wheels that look like they’ve been shunted forward a foot. Now I’m not a big fan of huge bling wheels, but on such a fat pig of a car those 15″ wheels look comically small – it looks like some great lump that’s had casters put on it just to move it around.

    I know it has to be cheap to build, but I struggle to imagine a room full of people looking at that design and saying “that’s bang tidy, that is – get it made”

    Let’s not even get into the interior – crap appearance is to be expected in this price bracket but the ergonomics are inexcusable.

  • avatar
    Otto Krump

    Excellent post, the concise truth about the economy and cars

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    Disappointing. We seriously considered a new Versa hatchback in 2008. The interior materials (particularly the richly padded door armrests) were a revelation for this class of car, the backseat was huge w/ tons of headroom, the hatchback body style was useful, it rode well and was quiet. Now it’s just a cheapo bargain basement econobox.

    At least they improved the fuel economy; the last one drank like a midsize sedan. Doesn’t sound like they improved the front seats. The old ones lacked support too. This truly is a car for people who care nothing about cars.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    I hear the birds now! “Cheap, cheap”!

    Hard plastic armrests? Are you kidding? Even my MX5 has rubber stair-edge guards that stand in for armrests that soften the blow on occasion.

    No deal. I hope the Sentra is better.

  • avatar
    Boff

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bigger disconnect between the marketing of a car and its dismal reality. The Versa TV ads (at least in Canada) feature super-funky 20-somethings bopping along in the car to a great Foster The People tune, whereas I can’t see a young person with even one scintilla of hipness being caught dead in this frumpy turd. If my Oma and Opa were still alive, it would be the perfect replacement for their Dodge Aries K(no options except for automatic transmission).

  • avatar
    Guzzi

    It’s a bit like Nissan is trying to reinvent the Ford Escort from the previous-gen Versa.

    Shame, I though the VersaS hatch almost looked good. Spacewise it seemed waaaay better than the wife’s Mazda3.

  • avatar
    Banger

    “The EPA fuel economy ratings of 30 city, 38 highway, while much better than the 2011 1.8SL’s 24/32, don’t quite match the segment’s best. But you’d never know this from the trip computer, which reports over 40 (even 46 for one light-footed fifteen-mile trip) in typical suburban driving. Trip computers can be optimistic, but the gas gauge (Nissan’s traditional orange LCDs) moved less over the course of a day than some move while idling at a traffic light.”

    For what it’s worth, our Cube EPA’d at 31 mpg highway, and we typically beat that by a fair amount. Currently, our lifetime average is 36 mpg in our 70% highway mileage, as measured at Fuelly by manually calculating our fuel receipts and trip mileage. The trip computer is pretty close, maybe 1.5 mpg optimistic for the life of the car to this point (12,500 miles).

    Our Fuelly profile for the Cube: http://www.fuelly.com/driver/banger/cube

    I’ve looked at the new Versa in person, and it’s hard to get excited about, for sure. It’s probably a cheap car to own and easy to drive and park, and in that sense, it will be a great buy for fleets and older drivers or students who are concerned about reliability and ease of use.

    For roughly the same money as an SL Versa sedan, though, I’d much rather have an S-model Cube. It has most of the same options (A/C, CVT, cruise control, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, Bluetooth, iPod plug-in, etc.) and is worlds more functional (and fun) than this frumpy sedan. Plus, no headroom problems in back. I’m 6’3″ and could nearly wear a top hat in any seat.

  • avatar
    plunk10

    Under $12,000 for ABS, Power Steering, platinum plugs, A/C, tilt wheel, dual side mirrors, 6-way CLOTH seats (not vinyl), VDC Traction control, and 2350 lbs curb weight with the 5-speed manual.

    This car is a GREAT deal compared to my 1994 Tercel which came with almost none of the above. I’d spend the extra $350 for the package including cruise control, trunk light, and 4 speakers on the radio (rather than the base 2 speakers).

    When money is an issue, and it is for more people than ever, the cheapest car will win the race, regardless of features.

    I’m just glad they get ABS and Traction control, keeping the otherwise poor performing car from crashing into others as often.

  • avatar
    Jetstar 88

    Ah, just what the world needs: more boring sedans piloted by old people.

  • avatar
    mjz

    God it’s homely. People will buy it because it’s relatively big and cheap. Looking at the success of the new Jetta, this is apparently a winning formula.

  • avatar
    dolorean

    This is the perfect car for people who hate cars. The four door Geo Metro of today. Terribly shaped to help hide the fact that it’s too skinny in the hips and too tall to allow actual people to sit in it (or more likely on it, those seats look like dining room chairs). Screams RENTAL CAR to anyone who happens to see one. This was a car that Nissan obviously didn’t put much thought into, which they will regret when buyers walk a thousand more dollars into a Fiesta, Accent, or Sonic.

  • avatar
    vvk

    It would be nice to read a review of the base model Versa with a manual gearbox. I think the base car is a terrific value, since you get a roomy family sedan with A/C, airbags galore, ABS, ESP, etc. Comfort, practicality, safety for not a lot of money. I would buy it.

    People who buy this car loaded will be disappointed, I am sure.

  • avatar
    George B

    I hate the tall narrow proportions of this car. Looks like they had a bunch of leftover doors from a much larger car and designed a small car to use them up. Do buyers somewhere else like dwarf-proportioned cars?

    I rented a Nissan Sentra last month. Price was cheap from Enterprise and the car was better than the Chevy Cobalt I had expected. The CVT was well suited to Ann Arbor’s pedestrians always have the right-of-way stop and go traffic. However, simply removing 2 inches of useless height would have improved both the looks and highway fuel economy of the Sentra.

  • avatar
    dave-the-rave

    I think the exterior styling, particularly the front end, makes it look more like a “real” car than it did before, and that will sway a lot of people, even while reviews suggest it was a better car before.

    When I say “real,” I mean compared to the previous styling which was slightly weird and screamed, ‘cheap car here!’

  • avatar
    Mr Nosy

    Well,it appears you Philistines just don’t see that Nissan is clearly paying homage to its 70’s era Datsun stylistic heritage. Nissan clearly wanted to reference not only the awkward,bulbous grandeur of the 610 sedan,but to also pay homage to the lumpen cheekiness of the B210 4-door.It’s also clear that Nissan knows that the buying demographic in this segment “Is really busy”,and “Doesn’t have time for that”,because “They are very focused on technology and social media type things.” In its interior design of the Versa,Nissan made the wise choice of a yellow taupe over that of a pink taupe.Yellow taupe being the superior color choice to withstand the intermittent cleanings featuring Glass Plus Plus and a fairly clean t-shirt,or a melted ice-watery Pepsi & Wendy’s napkin wipe down,or even just simply to never show the accumulated grime.

  • avatar
    zeus01

    Well, as ugly as the new Versa is it’s an improvement over the hatch, which looked like what the AMC Pacer would have evolved into had it not received the proverbial bullet behind the ear back when Carter was still president. The relatively high sales figures indicate that the low price point draws in those buyers who can’t afford the extra 2K for a comparably-equipped Fit.

    Now it must go up against the new Accent, a car that’s in the same price range but no longer ugly. Looks like the Versa’a new re-design needs a re-design.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    Holy ugly proportions Batman. Still this car offers a low entry fee, roomy interior, good mileage and enough features to keep the average lower end consumer entertained.

  • avatar
    zamoti

    As noted, this is car for people who don’t care about cars. My brother is a perfect example of this person. He’s well educated, has plenty of money but could give two hot steamin’ deuces about the car he drives. His primary concern is that it’s CHEAP. Cheap to buy, cheap to own. He likes a 5-speed not because he enjoys spirited driving, but because he loves to short shift at 2000 RPM and torture anyone foolish enough to ride with him by rattling their teeth out when he rolls around at 1200 RPM in 4th gear (in a strange attempt to save gas mind you). Some people don’t give a flying fanny about their car and this is perfect for them. Sure they could buy up into an Accent for a few hundred dollars. “Three hundred dollars! You know how many pairs of Big Lots shoes I could buy with that sort of money?!” Style, comfort, are unimportant when compared to saving a buck. With the vast throngs of people driving cars that most here would find utterly loathsome, why is it any surprise that a car like this exists? It’s the antithesis to progressive styling and they’ll sell a ton of them. Granted they’ll probably go to fleets, but as noted, when people know that they can reach down low and still pull up a new car for cheap, they’ll do it.

  • avatar
    Wheatridger

    Will you guys lighten up on this poor car? I’m starting to experience sympathy for it. Yes, it has odd proportions. Any compact car that offers good headroom for tall folks in front and back will have different proportions than the long, low & sleek look, because people don’t get shorter as their cars get smaller. But did it have to be so ugly? I’m afraid so, because Nissan is hooked up with Renault, and French cars always look… different.

  • avatar
    pointA2B

    I bought the 2012 Versa S sedan with the CVT, I wanted reliability and fuel economy. I was driving a 2002 Passat 4motion wagon that I loved, except for the fact that it cost me an arm and a leg to keep running and it only had 76,000 miles on it. The Passat got an average of 20.8 mpg doing a combination of highway and city. I had it for two years. I have had the Vesa now for 3 1/2 weeks and 950 miles and have been averaging 39.5 mpg doing the exact same commute and this is based on dividing the miles I’ve driven by the amount of gas I’ve used – not the computer (that says 40.9). It is not an exciting or really attractive car, but it drives nicely and has a ton of room inside. I and my wallet are quite happy with this purchase so far. I am not really out to impress anyone with my car though if I was I’d be SOL.

  • avatar
    Acc azda atch

    When Nissan broke the last gen car to the public…

    They actually sold more of the hatches than the sedans.
    So what does Nissan do on this version?

    REVERSE IT…
    Lets sell more shit sedans…
    Who wants a stripper hatch?!

    Id like an answer for that.
    Why wouldnt they want the hatch selling better than the sedan. They already have a other gutless dirtbox (Sentra) that would be fine as a basic sedan.

    In the end..
    This car doesn’t have a point.. unless it has the hatch

    • 0 avatar
      nikita

      Ford did the same with the NA Fiesta. S model is sedan-only. I ended up with a base model Fit, the $15k value proposition after comparing Versa, Fiesta, Yaris and Scion xD.

  • avatar
    PJ McCombs

    Sounds like a big step backwards. Too bad.

    You’d think that the maker of the Datsun 510 and Sentra SE-R would be doing at least as well as Mazda in this segment today, but Nissan’s approach to its small cars seems pretty schizophrenic.


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