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Voice command only controls the phone system.
There's no fanciness to the new Versa, but for the money, Nissan delivers value.
After adding a navigation and satellite radio package to the highest SL trim level, the Versa tops out at $17,020.
the poor little SV needs an option package just to get a Bluetooth phone system and iPod integration
Value for the dollar is pretty much the main motivation for most shoppers considering the 2013 Nissan Versa, and this year Nissan has added value, with more standard features, on its mid-range SV and top-of-the-line SL models. Meanwhile, at a bottom-line price starting below $12,800 for the base Versa S, it's one of the most affordable models in the U.S. market—even if it does feel a bit bargain-basement.
Base S models come with manual wind-up windows, no power mirrors, and strictly the basics, but air conditioning is included in all trims. This year, in addition to the manual-transmission Versa S, Nissan has added an S model with a four-speed automatic transmission, and all S models now come with a cargo-area lamp. Above that, there's a new Versa Sedan S Plus CVT model, replacing the S CVT and adding standard cruise control.
Versa SV models have a much better feature set; they get cruise control; power windows and locks; keyless entry; chromed door handles; plus numerous trim and visual upgrades. Cloth door trim, chromed interior door handles, and a driver's seat armrest are among the features added for 2013.
Several popular features like a split-folding rear seat, alloy wheels, Bluetooth, and fog lamps, are only standard on the top SL. For 2013, Nissan has broadened SL standard equipment to include Intelligent Key, a remote keyfob trunk release, an immobilizer, sin-visor extensions, and a driver's seat armrest.
Top options, all in simplified packages, include Bluetooth, XM Satellite Radio, a navigation system with XM NavTraffic, and USB/iPod controls.
At a bottom-line price below $12,800 for a base S model, the Versa is a price and value leader for the U.S. auto market; well-equipped Versas cost thousands more though.