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2012 Nissan Versa

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2012 Nissan Versa
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For 2012, Nissan has redesigned the Versa, although so far only the sedan variant. They have come up with some bold specifications for a vehicle in the sub-compact class, offering the least expensive vehicle with a ton of features as standard. This is a sub-compact car that is larger than some mid-sized vehicles on the inside yet smaller than compact cars on the outside.

With features you do not expect in this class, like navigation and cruise control, and a price that starts at $11,798 and tops out under $20,000 for everything, the new Nissan Versa certainly seems like a winner on paper.

2012 Nissan Versa
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Powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine which powers the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission, the Versa is also fuel efficient with published ratings of 6.7L/100km city and 5.2L/100km highway. Although the 109hp engine isn’t going to be winning any drag races, it is comparable to other vehicles in the class.

The features-and-gizmos department is where the Versa really starts to shine on paper. My SL tester comes with 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels, fog lights, Bluetooth hands free, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and cruise control. Also on my tester is the technology package which adds navigation, satellite radio and a USB port for $800.

So where else can you get a new vehicle with all these features and this much space for just barely over $17,000? It certainly seems like a compelling package, but is it a good drive? That is the real question.

2012 Nissan Versa
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $17,098

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