Pop-quiz; what’s the best-selling vehicle in the sub-compact segment? Ford Fiesta? Hyundai Accent? Toyota Yaris? Nope, it is the Nissan Versa; has been since 2008.
1. Power comes from a 109 hp 1.6L 4-cyl engine producing 107 lb-ft of torque.
2. The Versa Note will be available in three trim levels: S, SV and SL.
3. A 5-speed manual transmission is available in the base S model while all other trim levels come equipped with an automatic CVT.
4. Fuel economy is rated at 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway for the CVT, or 27/36 mpg for the manual.
5. Pricing begins at $13,990.
This year it is the same story, the Versa is outselling all of its major competitors by a good margin. What is even more impressive is the fact it is still the sales leader despite there being no 2013 Versa hatchback; all Nissan has had to sell since January is some leftover 2012 stock.
Dating back to 2004, the now defunct five-door Versa didn’t exactly change the sub-compact market when it was introduced. It offered good value and a lot of space, but the rest was just a large cup of inspiration-free car-soda. It was decent enough, but a lot could be done to make it better.
Last year Nissan took the first step to improve the Versa with the launch of an all-new sedan. Once again, an emphasis was put on value and interior space, but with more attention paid to fuel economy and a slight (and we mean slight improvement in style). Despite Nissan’s best effort, the new sedan turned out to be underwhelming. Large and priced right, the Versa sedan is ordinary at best.