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I had a 2010 Accent that I traded for my Versa.
The tires (Kumhos) were lousy. If the roads were wet, I'd spin like a dragster if I had to turn right at a stop sign. Lots of axle hop with the spinning, too. Hydroplaning was an issue as well. There are a couple of Accent blogs like this one, the guys there say its a miracle if all four tires made it past the first 20,000 miles. I had two internal separations of the rear tires in the 15,000 miles I had the Accent. They wore really badly even before my wreck. Hyundai insists on tire rotations "every 7500 miles and more frequently if unusual wear patterns develop".
Did you know that you can only adjust the toe-in alignment on the Accent. You can't adjust the camber on the front suspension. If the camber is beyond spec because you were in an accident (as I was) or hit a curb, you have to replace the bent suspension parts to make it right. The entire rear axle is one piece, no alignment possible there, either.
After my wreck at 9,000 miles, it started going through tires on the front every 2,000 miles, the tire size was hard to find at the used tire shops. I traded it after the third set of tires on the front wore down to the cord on the inner edge. The insurance company and the body shop insisted it was fixed correctly, too.
Mileage was disappointing, I usually get much better highway mileage than the EPA rating (my last highway trip in my Versa averaged 48 with the air off and an overall average of 60 mph on mostly rural highways), I never got higher than 37 with the Accent. My combined average was usually around 28-29. My combined with my Versa at the last fill-up was 36.8.
Oh, the Accent passenger seat airbag sensor broke after my very heavy friend (500+ pounds) rode with me. That hasn't happened with the Versa.
There's been lots of complaining about droning with the CVT in the Versa. They should try the Accent's droning on the highway because of the short final drive ratio. 3750 rpm at 70 mph.
It was...okay. I got what I paid for and the routine service at Hyundai was great. It's just that I get those same things with my Versa for something quieter with a softer ride and more space inside.
2013 Nissan Versa S Sedan
5 speed manual transmission
Fresh Powder color