IDK about anyone else, but I am psyched for the '18 models. I haven't seen them available yet, but Nissan posted instruction videos for them up on their youtube channel last week, so we should be getting close.
Having never owned a new car, a 2018 Versa S manual intriguers me. Currently I drive a 2007 Saturn Ion 5 spd with almost 170k on it. It works great, but some things don't, like the cruise control, and the drivers power window...
I have been looking to get a super basic car, and have been researching the Versa S manual since the '15 models.
I drive for Uber and Lyft, and it would be cool to pull up in the cheapest new car you can buy. I would get a bonus for having a new car too.
The reason I want the 18, is because the headrests are detachable, something I need for what I do. I run a tablet in a headrest mount for the back seat, and I cant do that if the seat is 1 solid piece. Also, the deep blue pearl looks great online, never been a fan of graphite blue, did see one at a dealer once. Don't forget the 18 adds a front map light, something I kinda need too. They have always had intermittent wipers, but only one speed as I understand.
Been perusing the 2018 owners manual online, and noticing all the features this car has that mine doesn't. Yes, it lacks power windows and locks, as well as a rear power port, but I can live without those. Things I am looking forward to having:
- more variable speeds on my wipers (I only have 3 settings on mine now).
- speed sensitive volume on the radio
- a high mounted CD slot on the radio (I run a tablet in my car on a CD slot mount, and the stock radio in my Ion has it in the middle, making it had to change the station/adjust the volume/read the screen.
- steering wheel mounted radio controls. I have never had these in any car I have owned, as well as bluetooth built in. I know its just for phone calls, but I added in a BT aux adapter in my car.
-A built in trip computer. Right now I run a scanguage II, mounted above my rearview mirror, but it causes the mirror to tilt down further than I like. I will finally be able to have a DTE, and MPG display right on the dash.
-built in TPMS. Again, I run a external system. Yes, it shows the individual pressures and temps in real time, but the screen is bulky and requires its own power cable/outlet.
-expandable sun visors. IDK why these didn't come on my car, as I remember early 2000s cars with them, but its good to see in a base model.
- More room in the back seat. This is where the versa is king. Its cramped in my Ion in the back, which is a compact, not a sub compact.
-Built in rear cupholders. I had some in my car, but the way they were designed, they went over the hump in the middle, so people were always kicking them to the point they eventually broke off.
Things I am on the fence about:
- No temperature gauge. But cars these days run so nice you don't really need one, and I can always add one via obd II.
- No oil monitor. Mine never says the oil life percentage, just says change oil when it needs it, and I get an email once a month from onstar with the percentage. But I will just remember to change it every 3000 miles like my first car.
- Manual windows/locks. Its nice to have central locking, so I can verify someones name before they get in my car, and they lock when I go over 10 mph. But I know there are power lock systems for these cars that operate via remote. The manual windows might be more of a pain, as people always roll down their window, and never put it back, but at least I have the power window controls up front too. Just have to prod people harder to roll them back up (literally roll) before leaving. But at least I wont have a broken window like now.
- No auto dimming mirror. No biggie, I will just have to remember to do it again.
- No compass/outside temp. But I can check both on my phone if need be.
- Leather seats/steering wheel. Thats right, my Ion has leather, but if I really want that again, I'll get some nice seat covers/steering wheel cover.
- Having a smaller gas tank. The one in my Ion is 13 gal. This one is 10.8. odd size, but this car gets better fuel economy that mine. I am lucky if I break 30mpg in mine, this one is rated 31/39. So I should be able to get the same range on less fuel, and a smaller gas bill.
Things I wont miss:
- Having the instrument cluster in the middle. on my Ion, and some Toyotas, they have it mounted in the middle of the dash. Will be nice to go back to normal here.
- A sunroof. I hardly ever use it. And occasionally it leaks.
- Onstar. As nice as it is for the peace of mind, its an extra cost, and runs my battery down as it's always running.
- XM satellite radio. Never liked that 2nd antenna, even though its short and stubby, its off center. Plus I don't pay for it, so they always only have adds on the preview channel when I accidentally hit the band button.
I am sure there is more, but I don't want this post to go on forever.
I have been seeing some 2017 S models for as a cheap as $7700, which is super tempting, as they are brand new. but I will hold out for the 2018, and maybe toward the end of it's model year, see what the 19s add, or if they're just a carryover like the 17s.
Only problem is no dealership in my area has the S 5spd, So I would either have to drive to one that has it hundreds of miles away, or have it brought here, which might be an extra expense.
Also, do the manuals have hill assist? Not that I live in a hilly area, and my Ion doesn't have it either. Just I know a lot of newer manual transmission cars have this.
Anyway, thats all for now. Cant wait for the 2018s!