2008 Nissan Versa vs. Its Competition

2008 Nissan Versa S
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Nissan Versa isn’t particularly sporty, fashionable, or innovative, but it offers an astonishing amount of space, comfort, and features for the money.
If most of your driving is around town with little interstate travel, the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo and Aveo5 are worth a look, especially if you want a bow tie out front.
The 2008 Honda Fit is one of the smallest cars on the road, but it’s fun to drive, huge inside, and a tremendous value.
The 2008 Toyota Yaris is one of the cheapest, and cheapest to run, of all new vehicles.
At a bargain price that’s not much more than stripper econoboxes, the 2008 Scion xD is a pretty hot little hatch.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-cylGas 4-CylinderGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
CompactCompactSmall Station WagonSubcompactSubcompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.8 S4-Door Sedan LS5-Door HB Manual3-Door HB Manual (GS)5-Door HB Manual (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan5-Door Hatchback3 Door Hatchback4 Door Wagon
ManualManual w/ODManualManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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