It’s more than a bare-bones compact car just to get buyers in the door, but the $10,990 starting price for the redesigned 2012 Nissan Versa sedan will likely do exactly that when it goes on sale in early August.
Better yet, the second-generation five-passenger Versa sedan is a nicely-equipped compact car, even in the base model, and may be just the right choice as a family car -- for some.
Here’s what buyers get in the front-wheel drive Versa sedan 1.6 S 5MT: standard air conditioning, adjustable driver’s seat, AM/FM/CD/Aux-in audio system and advanced 109-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with dual injector system and twin Continuously Variable Timing Control (CVTC), and five-speed manual transmission.
Moving up to Versa sedan 1.6 S CVT (with next-generation Xtronic CVT transmission) and the starting price is $12,760. The 1.6 SV CVT and 1.6 SL CVT are priced at $14,560 and $15,560, respectively.
Fuel economy for the 2012 Nissan Versa sedan is estimated at 30 mpg city/38 mpg highway with the CVT transmission and 27/36 mpg with the five-speed manual.
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Available features (standard or optional) include 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, upgraded cloth, Fine Vision instrumentation, trip computer, power windows with driver’s one-touch down, remote trunk release, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, speed-sensing auto door locks, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, XM Satellite Radio (subscription to XM required, sold separately) and an in-dash five-inch touch-screen navigation system with XM NavTraffic (requires XM subscription, sold separately), and USB input for iPod and other compatible devices.
Nissan has also simplified packaging for each trim level, including an optional Convenience Package for 1.6 S CVT and 1.6 SV and Tech Package for 1.6 SL.
The 2012 Nissan Versa is also available in a five-door Versa Hatchback version that will go on sale July 17. The hatchback receives only minor changes for the 2012 model year.