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pretty pimped-out" for "such an economical car
Available amenities include keyless entry and start
the Versa 1.6 Sedan provides everything you need and almost nothing you don’t”
Depending on what trim you choose, with the right options the 2010 Nissan Versa can be outfitted like a larger, more luxurious car. This said, the 1.6-liter model 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. To some, the lack of features is nothing to brag about: “driving without a radio definitely makes you easily realize you are slogging around on budget wheels,” says AutoWeek. However, Automedia.com contends that with “a starting price of less than $10,000 the Versa 1.6 Sedan provides everything you need and almost nothing you don’t.” Automedia.com also suggests that “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.”
The 2010 Nissan 1.8-liter Versa S is much better equipped, with plenty of standard features, such as a 120-watt AM/FM/CD sound system with four speakers, a rear defroster, and air conditioning with filtration.
In range-topping SL trim, buyers are treated to upgrades such as a 180-watt system with a built-in six-disc changer, six speakers, and an auxiliary input, plus cruise control, new-for-2010 available 16-inch alloy wheels, height-adjustable seats, a rear center armrest with cup holders, keyless entry, an overhead console, and power locks, windows, and mirrors. On top of this, the SL sedan and hatchback models also get Nissan’s ABS and Vehicle Dynamic Control systems as standard. If opting for the Versa hatchback in SL trim, Nissan offers new front and rear fascias, body side sills, and a rear spoiler, as well as standard fog lights. There have also been some upgrades to the interior of the Versa SL hatchback, with revised fabrics and finishes and a Sport interior as standard. Major options on the Versa include Intelligent Key, Bluetooth compatibility, a Rockford Fosgate subwoofer, an MP3 player input jack, and a new Navigation/XM Satellite Radio package.
New options for 2010 are 16-inch alloy wheels for the Versa SL, which should help make it look less like a toy car. MotherProof thinks both S and SL models are "pretty pimped-out" for "such an economical car."
Among other available features on Nissan's 2010 Versa, you'll find a new navigation system coupled with XM Satellite Radio. This new $610 option adds a five-inch color display to the center console, as well as USB connectivity that is iPod-compatible. A moonroof is available on the hatchback, but only in conjunction with both the navigation package and Nissan’s premium package. Bluetooth is only offered in a package and only on the SL.
Although the 2010 Versa is a stripped-down econobox in its most basic form, Nissan offers an extensive list of standard and optional features up the model line. Bluetooth could be more widely available, though.