About this Vehicle
||2011 Nissan Versa
||$12,240 - $16,900 (2010 Nov)
||1.6L L4, 1.8L L4
|| Manual, Automatic
||25 MPG city / 33 MPG highway
The 2011 Nissan Versa has just hit the market and is already leaving its mark. With great fuel economy, roominess, and great price, there is little reason to pass up buying the Versa.
For 2011, the Nissan Versa will have an MSRP of just under $10,000, making it a competitor for other solid economy standbys like the Hyundai Accent, Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio and Chevrolet Aveo. A great interior and bevy of safety features make even the base model 2011 Versa a formidable contender worthy of every consideration.
Like the 2010 Versa, the 2011 returns with two six-cylinder engines: the 1.6, which has 107 horsepower, and the 1.8, which has 122 horsepower. The 1.6 is broken down into two further forms, both of which are sedans: the 1.6 Base model, which is one of America’s lowest-priced cars, and the Versa 1.6. The 2011 Versa 1.8 S and the 1.8 SL models are available in sedan and hatchback forms. All the models are available in either manual or automatic transmission, with the exception of the 2011 Versa 1.6 Base, which is only available in manual, and the 1.8 SL, which is available only in automatic. Also, the 1.8 SL comes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which is exactly like an automatic transmission, except it replaces the gears with belts.
The simple suspension design is typical of subcompact cars. However, Nissan typically fits the car with front disc-brakes, and rear drum-brakes. Smart chassis tuning gives it responsive handling while absorbing bumps better than bigger cars. ABS is standard on the 1.8 S. Traction control and Nissan’s Vehicle Dynamic Control are standard on 1.8 SL models, and optional on 1.8 S models. However, they remain unavailable in both 1.6 models.
Available as either a sedan or hatchback, the Nissan Versa boasts a great deal of cargo space – 13.8 cubic feet for the sedan and 16.9 cubic feet for the hatchback. The exterior of the 2011 Versa show the traditional triangular headlights, a large windshield and sharp cut lines. Not much is expected to be different from the 2010 Versa which has received significant changes to its exterior.
Fuel ratings should remain in the 26/34mpg range for the city/highway with minor variations based on the trim level selected and the transmission.
Power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, and cruise control are standard on the 1.8 SL model, optional on the 1.8 S, and unavailable on the 1.6 models. The 1.8 SL also has an exclusive power moon roof option. The 1.8 SL model also includes a 5-inch touch-screen and subscription-based XM Satellite Radio as well as Bluetooth connectivity and volume controls on the steering wheel. It should be noted that both the 1.6 models do not come with a radio. Leather upholstery is unavailable on all Versa models.
Conclusion: Will the 2011 Nissan Versa be a Good Buy?
With its history of impressive car safety features, sharp interior features and decent engine specs, the Versa is a contender in the subcompact and economy car market. Those looking to buy a great get-around car that is roomy for commuting, good on gas, and reliable should keep the Versa in mind. Backed by Nissan’s standard 36-month, 36,000-mile limited warranty, and given an IntelliChoice 5-Year Cost of Ownership rating of “Excellent”, for what it is, the 2011 is certainly expected to qualify as a good buy. The MSRP on the 2011 Nissan Versa ranges from $9,900 to $17,650.