2008 Nissan Versa

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What Changed for 2008:
  • Optional Sports package on SL

  • Cruise control offered on S
The Nissan Versa was launched in North America for the 2007 model year. Built on Nissan's B-platform, its unique packaging layout provides a spacious cabin with class-leading head and rear leg room, according to the automaker. Sold outside the North American marketplace as the Latio and Tiida, the domestic Versa offers the highest standard horsepower rating in its class, exceptional interior space, and a responsive driving experience with a low cost of entry, Nissan claims.

The Versa Hatchback went on sale in July 2006, with the Versa Sedan model following in January 2007. Nissan attributes the popularity of the Versa to fresh styling, a comfortable interior and innovation usually found only in higher-segment models.

All 2008 Nissan models are covered by a 36-month/36,000-mile basic coverage warranty and a 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. In addition, a corrosion coverage warranty is in effect for the first 60-months of ownership.

Model Lineup
The front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2008 Nissan Versa is offered in two body styles: a 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan. There are four models: Hatchback S, Hatchback SL, Sedan S and Sedan SL. Compared to the S models, the SL models are equipped with a higher level of standard features, and are offered with a more extensive options list. Standard seat upholstery on the S models is a suede-tricot, while SL models feature a woven fabric on the seating surfaces. Bucket seats with 4-way manual adjusting are standard across the lineup, with SL models offering upgraded 6-way manually adjustable seating. Rear seats are 60/40 split fold-down, except for those in the S sedan which are in a fixed position.

The Power package, standard on the SL model, is optional on the S model. It adds power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, door armrest pad, rear-door map pockets, and a glove compartment light. The SL model is offered the Convenience package featuring Intelligent Key, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, and steering wheel-mounted controls on an upgraded leather steering wheel. SL models may also upgrade to the Audio package with its premium Clarion speakers and a 100-watt Rockford Fosgate subwoofer. The Sport package, also optional on SL models, adds a rear spoiler, lower body side sill extensions, unique front and rear fascias, a chin spoiler, and fog lights. The SL models may also be equipped with satellite radio and a power moonroof. Cruise control is standard on the SL models and optional on the S model. Standard wheels are 15 inches in diameter in steel. Machined finish 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are optional.

The 2008 Nissan Versa is offered with one engine. Displacing 1.8 liters, the all-aluminum, DOHC, 4-cylinder engine is rated at 122 hp and 127 lb.-ft. of torque. All Nissan Versa models are front-engine, FWD. Consumers are offered a choice of three transmissions based on model. Both hatchbacks, and the S Sedan, are equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. A 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional on all S models. The SL hatchback and sedan are available with Nissan's Xtronic CVT continuously variable transmission. EPA fuel economy estimates are 26 mpg city/31 mpg highway for the 6-speed manual transmission, 27 mpg city/33 mpg highway for the Xtronic CVT, and 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway for the 4-speed automatic. The emission certification level of the engine is LEV2-ULEV, and it is designed to run on regular unleaded fuel.

All 2008 Nissan Versa models are equipped with disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the rear. The steering system is electrically power assisted. The front suspension is independent, while the rear is of a torsion bar design. Stabilizer bars are standard.

The body and chassis of the 2008 Nissan Versa are manufactured from corrosion-resistant, high-strength steel. Nissan's Advanced Air Bag System includes driver and front passenger front air bags, seat-mounted driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags, and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear outboard occupant protection. Standard equipment includes 3-point seat belts in all seating positions. Driver and front passenger belts are equipped with pre-tensioners and load limiters. The Versa is equipped with the Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system to simplify child seat installation in the outer rear seat positions. Child safety rear door locks and a 4-wheel tire-pressure-monitoring system are standard. Both models may be optioned with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), and brake assist (BA). The 2007-08 Nissan Versa has been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It earned a \"Good\" rating in the frontal offset test, and a \"Good\" rating for the side-impact test. These are the highest ratings the IIHS offers.

The 2008 Versa is available with Nissan's Xtronic CVT. Unlike conventional stepped gear automatic transmissions, Nissan's Xtronic operates as essentially \"one gear\" through use of a belt and two pulleys. By infinitely varying the working diameters of the two pulleys, the transmission eliminates the \"steps\" between gears, resulting in a smoother and more efficient operation, Nissan says, adding that the engine is thus kept in its optimum power range under a variety of driving and load conditions. With nearly unlimited gear ratios, the shifting is not only smooth, but very economical: The Versa equipped with the Xtronic CVT boasts higher EPA fuel economy estimates than either the 4-speed automatic or the 6-speed manual.

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