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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
the Versa 1.6 Sedan provides everything you need and almost nothing you don’t”
pretty pimped-out" for "such an economical car
Available amenities include keyless entry and start
With the right options, the 2009 Nissan Versa can be outfitted like a larger, more luxurious car.
The new 1.6-liter model, however, is a budget vehicle and appropriately accessorized as one. Standard features include a rear-window defroster, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, intermittent windshield wipers, and full-length side-curtain airbags. “Driving without a radio definitely makes you easily realize you are slogging around on budget wheels,” says AutoWeek.
“At a starting price of less than $10,000 the Versa 1.6 Sedan provides everything you need and almost nothing you don’t,” says Automedia.com. “Many will enjoy the simplicity of a manual transmission, hand-cranked windows and finger-operated door locks. No reference book is needed to understand the purpose of every feature on the vehicle.”
Automedia.com continues, “The Versa is equipped with four speakers even though they’re not connected to anything. An innovative teenager with $150 and craigslist.com should be able to install a chest-thumping sound system. The Versa 1.6 Sedan offers only two options: floor mats and anti-lock brakes. At $250, ABS is an excellent choice.”
Edmunds reports "the 1.8 S starts you out with 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, a four-speaker CD stereo, power mirrors, [and] a split-folding rear seat" that helps aid cargo space. The Nissan Versa 1.8 SL "adds alloy wheels; upgraded cloth upholstery; power windows and locks; cruise control," and "a six-speaker stereo with MP3 playback and an auxiliary input jack.” MotherProof thinks either model is "pretty pimped-out" for "such an economical car."
Among other available features on Nissan's 2009 Versa, you'll find "an Audio Package for SL hatchbacks" that "includes a Rockford Fosgate-powered subwoofer," according to Kelley Blue Book, and "a choice of XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and a moonroof, are linked together as available options on the SL trim level." The 2009 Nissan Versa typically offers its features in packages, but they do allow for a decent amount of personalization. ConsumerGuide reports that the available Power Package on the Nissan Versa 1.8 S adds "power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry," and several other features that are standard on the 1.8 SL, while the SL's available Convenience Package includes a "leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls" and "wireless cell phone link."
The higher-trim 2009 Nissan Versa breaks the bargain mold, in its long list of standard features and its nifty options. But the Base model is a true stripper with limited appeal.