Go with your heart. If you like manual transmission, go with it. Nissan CVT is bad news.
After I paid extra for the CVT on my 2007 Versa SL 12 years ago, I realized that don't pay extra for a cheap car. It is still a cheap car. I was lucky and my CVT is still working ATM. But the Versa maintenance is not cheap.
- front suspension springs broke 2 years before Nissan recall
- airbag light came one because the clockspring in the steering wheel broke
- the intake manifold is mounted on top of the engine. A 30 minutes job to change spark plugs turns into a 2 hours job.