For 2013, America’s cheapest car will get another bit of unloved technology to go along with its continuously variable transmission.
The 2013 Nissan Versa sedan, currently available with a CVT or a 5-speed manual, will also get a 4-speed automatic option for the base model S trim. With the CVT adding $2,130 over the 5-speed manual, the 4-speed unit should command a lower premium than the CVT, albeit with an arguably cruder, less pleasant driving experience.
The hate for the CVT and 4-speed auto here at TTAC is about evenly matched, but if I had to pick, I’d come down on the side of the 4AT being more popular. Prove me wrong.