2014 Nissan Micra In Detail

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
2014 nissan micra in detail

At the Canadian International Auto Show, Nissan debuted their Canadian-only Micra, an A-Segment car that takes up the Kia Rio’s one-time mantle of being the sole new car available for less than $10,000. At the show, we learned a few things about the Micra.

While the Micra uses the Versa’s 1.6L 109-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, it won’t get a CVT, but will offer a choice of a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. With the Micra weighing about 2100 lbs, it should feel nimble, but acceleration will be leisurely, given that its power to weight ratio is similar to an original Miata.

According to Nissan, the Micra has been localized for Canada with features like a rear heating duct in the floor, large, heated mirrors and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The crash structures have also been re-designed to meet Canadian vehicle standards, which are more nearly identical to American regulations. For a vehicle market of roughly 1 million units, this seems like an expensive undertaking. But evidently, Nissan feels that there’s some value in doing this for a product that competes in a traditionally unprofitable segment.

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  • Hemi Hemi on Feb 16, 2014

    I think it's a decent car for $10k, as are most entry level cheap cars. If that's all someone can afford, that's what they should buy. I hate taking to new college grads, barely making money at a new job, while on probation. They go out and buy used BMWs/Benz that they are then unable to pay for repairs. A friend has the first gen Versa, with regular oil changes it has been Perfectly reliable since day 1. Not a sexy car, but reliable. I was looking at one of these "tiny" cars, such as the Sonic, Spark, Fiesta and Yaris, being that I live in NYC. It would have been easy to street park, I wouldn't care about about "street scars" that cars get in NYC, would have been reliable and unattractive to car thieves. Wellll I ended up scoring a secure indoor garage spot and stuck with my original choice of a bigger vehicle. Some people have too much pride to be seen in these cars and I don't care. My only issue was as an enthusiast, how fun they are to drive. I just hate the NVH associcated with such small cars. They are very fun to zip around in traffic and park in most of NYC.

  • Seat safety switch Seat safety switch on Feb 17, 2014

    The Versa and Hyundai Accent were both offered recently (last 5-7 years) in Canada at under $10k. In both cases they were super-base stripper models that were mostly used by dealerships to bait and switch upsell to a middle or high class model that compared in price to other cars in their segments. Hopefully the $9998 Micra won't be a punishment for not going with the middle/high-end Micra. Spec Micra anyone?

    • Spoonie Spoonie on Mar 10, 2014

      Selling any car in Southern Ontario without A/C installed should be a crime. I would imagine that most buyers of this vehicle would spec it up to A/C and automagic. How good is the price once that (and it's probably packaged) box is ticked?

  • Brett Woods My 4-Runner had a manual with the 4-cylinder. It was acceptable but not really fun. I have thought before that auto with a six cylinder would have been smoother, more comfortable, and need less maintenance. Ditto my 4 banger manual Japanese pick-up. Nowhere near as nice as a GM with auto and six cylinders that I tried a bit later. Drove with a U.S. buddy who got one of the first C8s. He said he didn't even consider a manual. There was an article about how fewer than ten percent of buyers optioned a manual in the U.S. when they were available. Visited my English cousin who lived in a hilly suburb and she had a manual Range Rover and said she never even considered an automatic. That's culture for you.  Miata, Boxster, Mustang, Corvette and Camaro; I only want manual but I can see both sides of the argument for a Mustang, Camaro or Challenger. Once you get past a certain size and weight, cruising with automatic is a better dynamic. A dual clutch automatic is smoother, faster, probably more reliable, and still allows you to select and hold a gear. When you get these vehicles with a high performance envelope, dual-clutch automatic is what brings home the numbers. 
  • ToolGuy 2019 had better comments than 2023 😉
  • Inside Looking Out In June 1973, Leonid Brezhnev arrived in Washington for his second summit meeting with President Richard Nixon. Knowing of the Soviet leader’s fondness for luxury automobiles, Nixon gave him a shiny Lincoln Continental. Brezhnev was delighted with the present and insisted on taking a spin around Camp David, speeding through turns while the president nervously asked him to slow down. https://academic.oup.com/dh/article-abstract/42/4/548/5063004
  • Bobby D'Oppo Great sound and smooth power delivery in a heavier RWD or AWD vehicle is a nice blend, but current V8 pickup trucks deliver an unsophisticated driving experience. I think a modern full-size pickup could be very well suited to a manual transmission.In reality, old school, revvy atmo engines pair best with manual transmissions because it's so rewarding to keep them in the power band on a winding road. Modern turbo engines have flattened the torque curve and often make changing gears feel more like a chore.
  • Chuck Norton For those worried about a complex power train-What vehicle doesn't have one? I drive a twin turbo F-150 (3.5) Talk about complexity.. It seems reliability based on the number of F-150s sold is a non-issue. As with many other makes/models. I mean how many operations are handle by micro processors...in today's vehicles?