By James Bergeron
Day 1:

2007 Nissan Versa SL
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It’s larger than life, it’s so darn big……. actually it’s not very big at all! It’s a sub-compact competitor to the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Hyundai Accent. It is the Nissan Versa, Nissan’s newest entry level vehicle, which starts at $14,498.

Nissan’s commercials will lead you to believe the Versa is a huge vehicle if you aren’t in tune with its intended message. The sub-compact Versa is very roomy inside for its class. Headroom is extraordinary – if you’re tall and looking for a vehicle in this class, this is one that should not pass you by. The Versa can carry a lot of cargo as well, aided by the high roof line and hatch back body style.

2007 Nissan Versa
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My tester for the week is the 1.8SL with the technology package and CVT (automatic) transmission. The SL version adds a ton of useful features that the base 1.8 S model doesn’t get, including 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power door locks, Power windows with driver’s one-touch up/down feature, Cruise control with steering-wheel-mounted controls and many more.

My tester also includes the $1,000.00 tech package which adds some fairly high end features; Bluetooth® hands-free phone system, six upgraded speakers plus Rockford Fosgate-powered subwoofer, auxiliary audio input jack, 6 disc CD changer + MP3/WMA and a few other doodads.

Initial impressions of the Versa are good; I’ll admit I’ve seen some less than favourable reviews of the Versa and so far I’ve found them to be misleading. Some reviewers dislike CVT transmissions and give vehicles so equipped bad reviews based solely on that. I have very few biases and CVTs are not one of them.

2007 Nissan Versa SL
MSRP as tested: $19,398.00

For more information on Nissan and the Versa visit Nissan Canada

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