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Wow I just learned some interesting information about this model. After purchasing the car used from Hertz car sales at a great price. I realized this model lacks what are called "convenience features (Vanity mirror for driver/passenger, map light, key fob trunk release, storage unit w/armrest). I contacted Nissan Live chat via their website and was informed a "convenience package" is a factory installed item that comes with the above features from the factory only! Apparently you cannot take the car into service and ask for the convenience package (bummer) to be installed. I cannot believe this SV model lacks "convenience features" Shame on Nissan for not including basic convenience to this vehicle.

If anyone reading this have found aftermarket solutions to this issue please post ur pics/ideas/solutions so others may benefit.
 

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Honestly I think the reason for the lack of fancy stuff is cost and added weight. The main goal for the Versa is to be inexpensive and fuel efficient. I understand what you mean, as my previous car was a Lexus. Boy I miss my nice stereo the most! There is an Ebay armrest that mounts in the rear cup holder. I believe it has a small storage space. It won't fit if your car already has the factory armrest on the driver's seat though. I don't think it's all that great anyways. If you think about how often you really use some of these features, its not necessary. You can look in your rear view mirror to pick your nose! :nerd: I do highly recommend the rear "divide & hide" shelf. It gives you a ton of more storage for the small stuff and keeps it out of the way & out of sight. Pricey at $200 but I bet you could find it for less on the interweb.

I love this car for the fact it's close to hybrid fuel economy for half the price and I don't have to worry about replacing a $3-5 battery when I finally pay it off in 5 years! Thats were this basic car shines.
 

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I had a Versa rental in the East Coast last year and that what made me open my eyes on the Versa. Obviously the rental car companies want to keep their costs as low as possible so I would not expect them to have alloy wheels, st wheel controls, fancy Bluetooth/MP3 radio, etc on their rentals (all part of the convenience pkg).

Some of the items on the package are fairly easy to install, others are not, but the cost will be quite prohibitive particularly if you buy the parts from a dealer.

With aftermarket parts, the radio is easy enough to upgrade, a remote truck release can be added. Not sure about the other parts.

This practice is not unique to Nissan. It's a way for OEMs to force you to the next higher trim level which may have these features standard.

BTW, Trick, It appears Geeman has a V Sedan. The hide/divide shelf I think only works on the Note.
 

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not really sure why it should be "shame on nissan" when the OP bought it from a hertz car sales which is just a front for getting rid of their end of life rental fleet, what alot of people dont know is that alot of the rental versions of normal cars are usually the most bare bones of a car makers lineup of that particular model and alot of time these rental fleet cars can be customized even more than the regular trims that they offer at the dealer, so for example a rental car company can order an SV trim, but then can customize it to where it is basically a stripped down model below even the base model that the regular dealers offer. the reason i know is that i have been through buying a previous rental fleet car (chevy cobalt) and found that even though it had an LT badge on the trunk, it lacked all of the features that normally come with an LT trim level if you bought it at a regular dealer. OP, i bet if you compared your "SV" trim sedan with an actual SV trim from the dealer, you would find that same thing cause as far as i recall the regular SV trim from Nissan comes with alot of standard features that yours does not have.

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Just looked at Nissans website and the SV trim comes standard with Map lights, so OP....your SV is an SV in name only.
 

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Yeah rental cars are a breed of their own, often lacking in features you get in the consumer model.

I suppose since they buy them in bulk they really want the lowest price they can get so the fleets ask for a basic car and leave the options off.

You can run the VIN in CarFax or something like that it will tell you if your car was a "fleet" car or not but sounds like your car was.


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Just looked at Nissans website and the SV trim comes standard with Map lights, so OP....your SV is an SV in name only.
This must be a late 2014 MY change. I have a printed 2014 Versa Sedan sales brochure that lists an available Convenience Package for the SV. The Convenience Package includes, Allow Wheels, Bluetooth MP3 Radio, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Keyless entry and trunk release, vanity mirror, etc. Apparently they made these (except for the allow wheels) standard on the SV (with a corresponding price increase, I'd bet). The website currently does not even show a Convenience Package available on the SV.

Common practice for OEMs to have rental fleets dictate what equipment they want to have on the vehicles they buy, however in this case I think Geeman's SV is what was available to retail buyers at that time.
 

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This must be a late 2014 MY change. I have a printed 2014 Versa Sedan sales brochure that lists an available Convenience Package for the SV. The Convenience Package includes, Allow Wheels, Bluetooth MP3 Radio, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Keyless entry and trunk release, vanity mirror, etc. Apparently they made these (except for the allow wheels) standard on the SV (with a corresponding price increase, I'd bet). The website currently does not even show a Convenience Package available on the SV.

Common practice for OEMs to have rental fleets dictate what equipment they want to have on the vehicles they buy, however in this case I think Geeman's SV is what was available to retail buyers at that time.

could be as i am just going off of what nissan's website says, but in all fairness to Nissan, instead of saying "shame on Nissan" perhaps the OP could have done a little more homework on what he/she wanted in the car before purchasing it instead of regretting it like he/she is doing now. in any case, alot of what the OP wants can be added in going through aftermarket channels so i dont really see what the big deal is.

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OP if you are reading this your best resource at this point is searching ebay for the parts that you want.
 
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