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'18 Versa Sedan: Goodbye SL, hello Deep Blue Pearl

Not much is changing for the '18 model Versa Sedan - Nissan is trimming the line and adding a couple new wrinkles, but all in all, it's going to be "more of the same" for the new model year.

The biggest change as I see it is the deletion of the SL trim level, and with it the features unique to that model (16" wheels, pushbutton start, etc.).

Graphite Blue is out (), replaced by Deep Blue Pearl. I'm withholding judgment until I see one, although DBP looks nice on the Note (it was a new color with the '17 Note facelift).

All models will now have adjustable headrests and variable-speed intermittent wipers. No more "tombstone" seats in the S model! From what I gather, they're using the same seats as in the S Plus Note, and the same wiper stalk previously used in the SV Special Edition and SL.

The SV SE package is still around, and includes everything it did before except the variable wipers (which of course are now on all Sedans).

Prices are the same for the third consecutive year:

$11,990 - Versa S 5-speed
$14,130 - S Plus Xtronic
$15,720 - SV Xtronic

SE package is still $500 on the SV.
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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!
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??? Yall trading in or making a second purchase? If I buy a car next year its either a used suburu sedan from my boss or a Hyundai Santa Fe El Camino.

I feel more comfortable driving my sidekick in 4wd that does not have any safety features other than seat belts. I enjoy driving it even when ts clear and dry out. So one reason leaning towards the suburu. Its a legacy vs wrx. On the flip side I see too many u tube videos of people wrecking suburus, but Im assuming its over driving the car and slick tires. First thing Ill do is go to a larger more aggressive tire if I buy the sub. I would sell the sidekick then.

I find I need a truck for either large items or messy items to the dump, but not heavy stuff. Most trucks are just too expensive even used or needing work. If this truck is also priced too high Ill just pull the trigger and get a trailer.

Only thing Id like to see is more color choices for the entry level car and for the safety driving features like automatic brakes, radar cruse control, leane keeper assister, etc.
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Only thing Id like to see is more color choices for the entry level car and for the safety driving features like automatic brakes, radar cruse control, leane keeper assister, etc.
This set of the features you desire already exists for any vehicle. They call it a chauffeur... I prefer to be my own line keeper assistant.
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This set of the features you desire already exists for any vehicle. They call it a chauffeur... I prefer to be my own line keeper assistant.
I drove a Tahoe with lane keeping, and it was really interesting. At first I thought it was silly, but the longer I drove it, the more I liked it.

That said, it's a better fit for a road rhino like a Tahoe, Suburban or Canyonero . It's not really necessary (or dollars-and-sense prudent) in a car that sells more because of its low price and roominess than because of any features it has.
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Yeah, Ive used Uber before. I was between the Fit and civic before my insight crapped out and since it had engine problems and honda seems to have a history of engine problems I looked elsewhere.

I do see you can get the honda sensing on the Fit now along with the entry level Civic. Im sold on Nissan for now so maybe they will make it on the lower class Altima?
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Yup, I was a bit hyped for "18 as well, but as the changes are really irrelevant and they don't bring much I won't upgrade my lease at DSRLeasing for now. Maybe for the "19 version? Time flies fast :P Nice reviews guys, appreciate it.
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Naw, Im keeping the versa til 100 thousand miles then selling it. Its my new economy car. Getting passed sucks, so next car, truck, etc needs MORE POWER to avoid that.

I think to satisfy my muscle car itch I may just lease one, aka rent it for a few years to get it out of my system then turn it back in. Looks like your leasing company has a lot to choose from.
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Did Nissan ever add the keyhole on the front passenger door? My 16 S model only has the keyhole on the driver's door. This has driven me nuts a few times already. Stupid to remove it from the front passenger door.
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Did Nissan ever add the keyhole on the front passenger door? My 16 S model only has the keyhole on the driver's door. This has driven me nuts a few times already. Stupid to remove it from the front passenger door.
2017 Versa S sedan has keyholes on both sides.
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