What Changed for 2009:
- New high-value Sedan 1.6 S model
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 an excellent price point, 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. While there were insignificant cosmetic changes to the lineup in 2009, Nissan did add a new high-value Versa Sedan 1.6 model with a smaller engine and a starting price of just $9,990 (plus tax and fees).
Nissan's New Vehicle Limited Warranty covers the 2009 Versa during the first 3 years/36,000 miles. A powertrain warranty extends to 5 years/60,000 miles. There is no deductible on either warranty, and towing may be reimbursed if the vehicle is less than 36 months old.
The front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2009 Nissan Versa is offered in two body styles: 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan. There are five models: Hatchback 1.8 S, Hatchback 1.8 SL, Sedan 1.6, Sedan 1.8 S and Sedan 1.8 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 adjustment 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 offers 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, 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 2009 Nissan Versa is offered with two 4-cylinder engine choices: 1.6-liter or 1.8-liter. New for 2009 is a 1.6-liter, all-aluminum, dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) 4-cylinder engine rated at 107 hp and 111 lb.-ft. of torque. It is mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. The new small-displacement engine is rated at 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway (with the automatic transmission). The larger 1.8-liter, all-aluminum, 4-cylinder DOHC engine is rated at 122 hp and 127 lb.-ft. of torque. It is available with a choice between a 6-speed manual, 4-speed automatic, or Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). 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 2009 Nissan Versa models are front-engine, FWD.
The entire lineup of 2009 Nissan Versa models is 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 2009 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 \"Good\" ratings in both the frontal offset test and the side-impact test (a \"Good\" rating is the highest score the Institute offers). When crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Versa sedan earned 4-star ratings for driver and front passenger in the frontal impact test, and 4-star ratings for the side-impact test (both driver and rear passenger). The rollover rating was also 4 stars.
The 2009 Nissan Versa is available with no fewer than four different transmissions. Much more advanced than the traditional manual and automatic transmission offerings is Nissan's innovative Xtronic CVT (available exclusively on the 1.8 SL model). Unlike conventional stepped-gear automatic transmissions, the Xtronic operates as essentially \"one gear\" through the 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 automaker states.