2012 Nissan Versa

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27 CITY / 35 HWY
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What's New for 2012:
  • All-new sedan model for 2012
  • Hatchback body style is a carryover
  • Premium package content on hatchback is now standard
  • New packages for the hatchback S model: Convenience package, 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, \"Special Edition\" package, and Nissan Navigation package
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror, aluminum-appearance kickplates, and illuminated visor vanity mirrors are now standard on Versa SL models
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is standard on all models (previously on the SL model only)

Exterior Features
The 2012 Nissan Versa is a compact sedan and hatchback offered in three different trim levels. Fifteen-inch steel wheels are standard, with larger wheels available on higher grades.

Interior Features
The 2012 Nissan Versa offers seating for 5 passengers. Base Versa models are configured with suede-tricot (cloth) upholstery, air conditioning, height-adjustable driver's seat, trip computer, 2-speaker audio system, and more. Higher trim levels are fitted with upgraded upholstery, alloy wheels, fog lamps, and other premium equipment.

Optional Features
Option packages available on the 2012 Nissan Versa include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, navigation system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, keyless entry, and cruise control.

Under the Hood
Nissan Versa models are fitted with one of two engines. The new sedan features a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 109 horsepower. The standard gearbox is a 5-speed manual, with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) optional. The standard power plant in the hatchback is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder rated at 122 horsepower. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, a 4-speed automatic transmission, or a CVT, depending on trim level. Front-wheel drive is standard on both sedan and hatchback.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Nissan Versa are:
  • Nissan Versa sedan with 1.6-liter engine and CVT: 30/38 mpg (city/highway)
  • Nissan Versa hatchback with 1.8-liter engine and CVT: 24/32 mpg (city/highway)

Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Nissan Versa include side curtain air bags for both rows and stability control. In government crash tests, the 2012 Nissan Versa hatchback received a rating of 3 (out of 5) stars for frontal crash protection, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but was not assigned an overall rating. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Versa hatchback received a \"Good\" rating-the Institute's highest-for frontal-offset crashes, and an \"Acceptable\" rating for side-impact crashes. The Versa hatchback also earned an \"Acceptable\" rating in the Institute's roof strength tests. The 2012 Nissan Versa sedan has not been tested by either the NHTSA or IIHS.

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  • Name S (4dr Sdn Manual 1.6) Transmission Manual MSRP 10990.00 Engine 1.6L/97 City/Hwy MPG 27/36
  • Name S (4dr Sdn CVT 1.6) Transmission Continuously Variable MSRP 13120.00 Engine 1.6L/97 City/Hwy MPG 30/38
  • Name SV (4dr Sdn CVT 1.6) Transmission Continuously Variable MSRP 14980.00 Engine 1.6L/97 City/Hwy MPG 30/38
  • Name SL (4dr Sdn CVT 1.6) Transmission Continuously Variable MSRP 15990.00 Engine 1.6L/97 City/Hwy MPG 30/38
  • Name S (5dr HB Manual 1.8) Transmission Manual MSRP 14670.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 26/31
  • Name S (5dr HB Auto 1.8) Transmission Automatic MSRP 15870.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/32
  • Name SL (5dr HB CVT 1.8) Transmission Continuously Variable MSRP 18590.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 28/34
  • Reclining front bucket seats -inc: integrated front head restraints
  • 4-way manual driver seat
  • 4-way manual passenger seat
  • Rear bench seat -inc: outboard vertical adjustable head restraints
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Dual front & rear cup holders
  • Tilt steering column
  • Black IP trim finisher
  • Trip computer -inc: avg fuel consumption, current MPG, distance-to-empty
  • Fasten seat belt warning light/chime
  • Remote fuel lid release
  • Immobilizer system
  • Manual rear trunk release
  • Air conditioning w/in-cabin microfilter
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • 12V pwr outlet
  • Driver & front passenger map pockets
  • Carpeted floor & cargo area
  • Rear parcel shelf
  • Reclining front bucket seats -inc: front adjustable headrests
  • 6-way manual driver seat
  • Upgraded cloth seat trim
  • Tilt steering column -inc: steering wheel mounted cruise controls
  • Silver accent IP trim finisher
  • Tachometer
  • Speed sensitive pwr door locks
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver one-touch down
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry -inc: (2) fobs, panic feature
  • Cargo area lamp
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seat w/trunk pass through, adjustable headrests
  • Tilt steering column -inc: steering wheel mounted audio/cruise/Bluetooth controls
  • Silver accent IP trim finisher -inc: upgraded shifter finisher
  • Vehicle security system
  • Pwr rear trunk release
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • (2) front map lights
  • Passenger visor vanity mirror w/cover
  • Reclining front bucket seats -inc: active head restraints, double-thickness foam in front seats
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seat w/outboard adjustable headrests
  • Suede-tricot cloth seat trim
  • Silver accent IP trim finisher -inc: silver shifter finisher
  • Pwr windows
  • Pwr rear liftgate release
  • Silver finish interior door handles
  • Rear passenger map pockets
  • Front & rear passenger folding assist grips
  • 6-way manual driver seat -inc: height adjustment, center armrest
  • 4-way manual passenger seat -inc: center armrest
  • Woven cloth seat trim
  • Soft-touch front center armrest
  • Rear center armrest w/cup holder & cover
  • Aluminum side kick plates
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel -inc: steering wheel mounted audio/cruise/Bluetooth controls
  • Intelligent Key keyless entry & ignition system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors w/covers
  • Tonneau cover
  • 15" x 5.5" steel wheels w/full wheel covers
  • P185/65HR15 all-season tires
  • Compact spare tire
  • Body color front/rear bumpers
  • Black grille
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlamps
  • Black manual folding mirrors
  • Fixed intermittent windshield wipers w/mist function
  • Black door handles
  • Black grille w/chrome accent
  • Body color folding remote-controlled pwr mirrors
  • Chrome door handles
  • Trunk lid finisher
  • 15" x 5.5" machined finish alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/mist function
  • Intermittent rear wiper w/washer
  • Body color door handles
  • 16" x 5.5" machined finish alloy wheels
  • P195/55R16 all-season tires
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Sport front/rear fascias
  • 1.6L DOHC 16-valve I4 engine
  • Engine mounts -inc: (2) solid, (1) liquid-filled
  • 5-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
  • Xtronic continuously variable transmission
  • 1.8L DOHC 16-valve I4 engine -inc: engine cover
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • 4-speed automatic transmission w/OD
    • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) -inc: electronic brake force distribution (EBD), brake assist
    • Vehicle dynamic control (VDC)
    • Traction control system (TCS)
    • Clutch interlock
    • Energy absorbing front/rear bumpers
    • Steel side-door impact beams
    • Zone body construction -inc: 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
    • Rear child seat tether anchors (LATCH)
    • Emergency interior trunk release
    • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
    • Energy absorbing steering column
    • Transmission shift interlock
    • Passenger window lockout
    • 3-point ELR/ALR rear seat belts at all positions -inc: detachable rear center seatbelt
    • AM/FM/CD stereo w/(2) front speakers -inc: aux input
    • Roof mounted antenna
    • AM/FM/CD stereo w/(4) speakers -inc: aux input
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (4) speakers, aux input, iPod input, XM satellite radio, radio data system (RDS), speed-sensitive volume
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone system
    • 180-watt AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (6) speakers, aux input, iPod input, radio data system (RDS), speed-sensitive volume

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