The 2008 Nissan Versa appeals to buyers who are looking for lower fuel bills and car payments, without giving up the comfort and features of a larger car.
But at its best, at 27 mpg city, 33 mpg highway with the CVT automatic, the Versa's fuel economy isn't as good as other vehicles in its price and size range.
For instance, the Yaris rates up to 29 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, but like most of these vehicles, the Yaris doesn't feel as roomy inside or have as smooth a ride.
The other best-riding alternative is the Chevrolet Aveo, but the Aveo has especially unimpressive fuel economy and safety.
Kia's Rio and Rio5 hatchback feel sportier than the rest of the crowd, as does the xD.
But the best vehicle in this class is the Honda Fit, which admittedly costs a bit more and is only available as a hatchback.
However, it feels sporty, handles well, promises good safety, and has a standout, minivan-like Magic Seat arrangement that allows an especially low, flat cargo floor.
|2008 Nissan VersaBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet AveoBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota YarisBrowse Used Listings||2008 Scion xDBrowse Used Listings|
|24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas 4-cyl||Gas 4-Cylinder||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Compact||Compact||Small Station Wagon||Subcompact||Subcompact|
|4dr Sedan I4 Man 1.8 S||4dr Sedan LS||5dr HB Man||3dr HB Man (Natl)||5dr HB Man (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||5-Door Hatchback||3 Door Hatchback||4 Door Wagon|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD|