2009 Nissan Versa Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$9,990-$16,330
$9,759-$15,750
25 /CITY / 32 /HWY
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What Changed for 2009:

  • New high-value Sedan 1.6 S model
Overview
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.

Model Lineup
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.

Powertrain
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.

Safety
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.

Technology
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.

What Changed for 2009:

  • New high-value Sedan 1.6 S model
Overview
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.

Model Lineup
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.

Powertrain
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.

Safety
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.

Technology
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.

Available Trims for the 2009 Nissan Versa
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 1.8 S (4dr Sdn I4 Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 13100.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 26/31
Name 1.8 S (4dr Sdn I4 Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 14100.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/32
Name 1.8 SL (4dr Sdn I4 Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 16100.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/32
Name 1.8 S (5dr HB I4 Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 13110.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 26/31
Name 1.8 S (5dr HB I4 Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 14110.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/32
Name 1.8 SL (5dr HB I4 CVT) Transmission Continuously Variable MSRP 16330.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 27/33
Name 1.6 Base (4dr Sdn I4 Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 9990.00 Engine 1.6L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 26/34
Name 1.6 (4dr Sdn I4 Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 10990.00 Engine 1.6L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 26/34
Name 1.6 (4dr Sdn I4 Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 11990.00 Engine 1.6L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 26/33
Name 1.8 SL FE+ (5dr HB I4 CVT) Transmission Continuously Variable MSRP 16330.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 28/34
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INTERIOR
  • Reclining front bucket seats w/active adjustable headrests
  • 4-way manual driver seat
  • 4-way manual adjustable passenger seat
  • Rear outboard adjustable headrests
  • Suede-tricot cloth seat trim
  • Dual front & rear cup holders
  • Tilt steering column
  • Immobilizer system
  • Silver accent IP trim & shifter finisher
  • Tachometer
  • Fasten seat belt warning light/chime
  • Remote fuel lid release
  • Pwr rear trunk release
  • Air conditioning w/in-cabin microfilter
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • 12V pwr outlet
  • Driver & front passenger map pockets
  • (2) front map lights
  • Passenger visor vanity mirror w/cover
  • Front/rear kick plates
  • Front & rear passenger folding assist grips
  • Carpeted floor & cargo area
  • Cargo area lamp
  • Rear parcel shelf
  • 6-way manual driver seat w/adjustable height
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seat w/trunk pass through, adjustable headrests
  • Woven cloth seat trim
  • Soft-touch front center armrest w/storage
  • Rear center armrest w/cup holder & cover
  • Cruise control w/steering wheel mounted controls
  • Vehicle security system
  • Pwr door locks w/auto-locking
  • Pwr windows w/driver side 1-touch up/down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated glove box
  • Soft-touch door armrests, instrument panel, upper door trim
  • Rear passenger map pockets
  • Overhead storage console w/map light
  • Dual visor vanity mirrors w/covers
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seat w/outboard adjustable headrests
  • Pwr rear liftgate release
  • Cargo cover
  • Black IP trim finisher
EXTERIOR
  • 15" steel wheels w/full covers
  • P185/65R15 all-season tires
  • Compact spare tire
  • Body color bumpers
  • Black grille w/chrome accent
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlamps
  • Body color folding pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Body color door handles
  • Chrome deck lid finisher
  • 15" aluminum alloy wheels
  • Intermittent rear wiper w/washer
  • 14" x 5.0" steel wheels w/full wheel covers
  • P185/65R14 all-season tires
  • Black bumpers
  • Black grille
  • Black manual folding mirrors
  • Black door handles
  • Black deck lid finisher
MECHANICAL
  • 1.8L DOHC 16-valve CVTCS I4 engine
  • Electronically controlled drive-by-wire throttle
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery saver
  • Independent strut front suspension w/stabilizer bar
  • Torsion beam rear suspension w/stabilizer bar
  • Electric speed-sensitive variable-assist pwr steering
  • Pwr front vented disc/rear drum brakes
  • 4-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • Xtronic continuously variable transmission
  • 1.6L DOHC 16-valve SMPFI I4 engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Clutch interlock
    • Energy absorbing front/rear bumpers
    • Steel side-door impact beams
    • Zone body construction w/front/rear crumple zones, hood deformation point
    • Dual-stage front airbags w/occupant classification system
    • Front side-impact airbags
    • Front & rear side curtain airbags
    • 3-point ELR driver seat belt w/pretensioner & load limiter
    • 3-point ELR/ALR front passenger seat belt w/pretensioner & load limiter
    • 3-point ELR/ALR rear seat belts at all positions
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Passenger window lockout
    • Rear child seat tether anchors (LATCH)
    • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
    • Energy absorbing steering column
    • Slide-away brake pedal assembly
    • Transmission shift interlock
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • 120W AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: (4) speakers, digital clock
    • Roof mounted antenna
    • 180W AM/FM stereo w/in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3 player -inc: (6) speakers, auxiliary audio input jack, RDS, speed-sensitive volume, XM-ready
    • Audio pre-wire w/(4) speakers

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