2011 Nissan Versa

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The Nissan Versa is a compact car that is sold as either a five-door hatchback or a four-door sedan. While it has been offered for sale in other markets since 2005, the Versa didn't arrive in the U.S. until the 2007 model year. Nissan's least expensive model competes against the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Ford Fiesta, and Toyota Yaris. The 2011 Versa is unchanged as an all-new model (initially only offered as a four-door sedan) will debut for the 2012 model year.

The Versa is offered in six trim levels. Two sedan models - 1.6 Base and 1.6 - are the entry-level trims. Both body styles are offered in upgraded 1.8 S and 1.8 SL trim levels. The 1.6 Base sedan models are basically equipped with suede-tricot upholstery, four-way manual seats, manual windows, manual locks, fixed second-row seats, and 14-inch steel wheels. Upgrade to the 1.6 model for air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, and the availability of an automatic transmission. Along with a larger engine, the 1.8 S and 1.8 SL models feature power accessories, upgraded audio, and more.

The Nissan Versa is offered with two engine choices. Entry-level models are fitted with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 107 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on base trim, with a four-speed automatic optional. The 1.8 models are offered with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 122 horsepower. A six-speed manual is standard with a four-speed automatic optional - one exception to this is that the continuously-variable transmission (CVT) is standard on the 1.8 SL Hatchback. All Versa models are front-wheel drive. The EPA rates the fuel economy of the 2011 Nissan Versa between 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, depending on engine and transmission.

The 2011 Nissan Versa 1.6 Sedan starts with a base price of about $10,500 and tops out with the Versa 1.8 SL Hatchback, which starts around $18,000.


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