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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S 27 36 $10,616 $10,990
4-Door Sedan CVT 1.6 S 30 38 $12,663 $13,120
4-Door Sedan CVT 1.6 SV 30 38 $14,452 $14,980
4-Door Sedan CVT 1.6 SL 30 38 $15,423 $15,990
5-Door HB Manual 1.8 S 26 31 $14,153 $14,670
5-Door HB Automatic 1.8 S 24 32 $15,307 $15,870
5-Door HB CVT 1.8 SL 28 34 $17,923 $18,590
4-Door Sedan LS 1LS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LTZ 26 35 $15,831 $16,665
4-Door Sedan LS 25 35 $14,561 $14,935
4-Door Sedan LT 26 35 $14,462 $15,065
5-Door HB LTZ 26 35 $16,496 $17,365
5-Door HB LS 26 35 $14,395 $14,765
5-Door HB LT 26 35 $15,230 $15,865
Pricing
Invoice Price
$10,616
$13,518
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$10,990
$13,865
Monthly Payment Estimate
$183 / month
$231 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Nissan Versa is a reasonably comfortable, well-equipped new car for used-car money—but if you're a stickler for the details it can feel as cheap as it is. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is neither subsonic nor supersonic—but it's a good, sound choice and a world better than the Aveo it replaces.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 27 mpg 26 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 36 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Subcompact Car
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 37.0 34.6
Front Head Room (in) 39.8 38.7
Second Hip Room (in) 46.2 51.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 51.7 53.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 90.2 90.4
Second Head Room (in) 36.6 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 51.9 53.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.8 41.8
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 48.1 51.4
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) 28.0 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 66.7 68.3
Track Width, Front (in) 58.3 59.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.8 4.9
Length, Overall (in) 175.4 173.1
Height, Overall (in) 59.6 59.7
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.5 59.4
Wheelbase (in) 102.4 99.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.1 14.9
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 8.0 x - TBD - 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.02 x 0.87 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA NA
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 10.8 12.2
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.96 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 37.2 NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.8 14.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.8 34.5
Steering Type Pwr Electric Pwr Steering
Tires
Rear Tire Size P185/65R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA Q1H
Front Tire Size P185/65R15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size T125/70D15 Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA Q1H
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2345 2727
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.7 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 470 438
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 100
Engine
Fuel System SMPI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 107 @ 4400 125 @ 3800
Engine Order Code HR16DE LUW
Displacement 1.6L/97 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 109 @ 6000 138 @ 6300
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 30 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 36 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 27 26
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.07 3.94
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 1.12
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.73 3.73
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.39 1.41
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 0.89
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.55 3.31
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.05 2.14
Trans Order Code NA M26
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Nissan Versa Chevrolet Sonic
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.87 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Stabilizer Bar w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.91 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Stabilizer Bar w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.2 5.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD - 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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