The Nissan Versa is a four door five passenger affordable subcompact powered by a 1.6 Liter four cylinder that produces 109 HP and 107 lb-ft of torque being channeled to the front wheels through either a five speed manual that returns an estimated 27 MPG in the city and up to 36 MPG on the highway, or via the Japanese automaker’s own Xtronic CVT fuel sipping continuously variable transmission which gets an estimated 30 MPG around town and as much as 38 MPG at cruising speed.

The entry level Nissan Versa 1.6 S starts out at $10,990 and comes standard with a manual gearbox while the self shifting Xtronic unit is available as an option.  The base 1.6 S rides around on a set of basic 15 inch steel wheels and comes equipped with a set of black manual side mirrors, matching black grill and door handles as well as a cloth interior.  Audio duties are handled by a 2 speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack for portable media devices from the factory, as well as six standard airbags.

The next step up is the Versa 1.6 SV which goes for $14,870 and comes with the gas saving Xtronic CVT as well as color matching power side mirrors, power windows, a chrome accented grill with matching door handles as well as remote keyless entry, cruise control, upgraded cloth seating and silver interior accents.  The SV also comes with a four speaker AM/FM that when combined with the popular Convenience Package, bundles in Bluetooth hands free connectivity, iPod control with MP3/CD capabilities, steering wheel mounted audio controls as well as front map lights and a passenger vanity mirror for an additional $350.

The top of the line Nissan Versa 1.6 SL retails for $15,560 and gets upgraded with a set of 15 inch seven spoke alloys, fog lamps, cloth door trim, chrome door pulls and a 60/40 split rear bench; while the popular Tech Package includes Nissan’s Navigation System that centers around a 5 inch touch screen display while offering XM Satellite radio and NavTraffic as well as USB ports for an additional $700.

A list of cars similar to the Versa includes the 2012 Kia Rio, 2012 Ford Focus and 2012 Chevrolet Sonic.

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