2012 Nissan Versa: Sticker Shock
Base MSRP: $10,990
The 2012 Nissan Versa is a compact sparkplug of a sedan that has been completely revamped. Nissan says its all-new model has the lowest MSRP of any of its competitors, yet it a “real” car. That’s because for $10,999 you can drive away in an upgraded model that comes with standard air conditioning, a radio and a long list of standard features, plus get up to 38 mpg. on the highway (30 city/33 mpg combined), with best-in-class rear legroom and trunk space. Fully-equipped uplevel models will top out at $16,200. Nissan will continue to sell its current version of the Versa hatchback, and will upgrade this popular version in the future.
Built on a new platform, the 2012 Versa gets a new engine, an updated CVT transmission, and is available with a number of upgrades to comfort, convenience and technology features that boost its cache and competitive price point in this entry-level market segment, as well.
Nissan’s engineers have found a number of clever ways to shed weight, add room and improve fuel economy on the second-generation Versa. The new Versa will attract buyers looking for an affordable, compact vehicle with roominess for friends and family, as well as good carrying cargo capacity. Versa was made for people who are “always busy, even when they are relaxing,” which includes young urban professionals, single moms, road warrior dads and even older buyers, says Nissan. It goes on sale in August.