The Nissan Versa is a nimble subcompact with comfort, performance, versatility, and generous interior space. It's easy on the budget to buy and easy on the budget to operate. The 2010 Versa features fresh styling and an upgraded interior.
The Versa is a big and roomy inside with decent head room and leg room and lots of hip room, making it a good choice for larger drivers. Its big, cushy seats are comfortable. Back-seat passengers will find rear-seat leg room as good as that in larger cars and SUVs. The cabin is nicely finished and offers all the modern conveniences.
Yet the Versa offers the small-car virtues of nimble handling, easy parking, and lively yet efficient performance with excellent fuel economy.
The Versa is slightly bigger than the lower priced Toyota Yaris and the more expensive Honda Fit. All three are subcompacts designed with tall rooflines for increased interior comfort and visibility. The Versa is the smallest car you'll find in Nissan showrooms: Smaller and less expensive than the compact Nissan Sentra, but offering greater interior space and more versatility.
For 2010, Versa gets changes outside, inside, and functionally. All models have a new grille and wheels, and revised interior fabrics and finishes. The SL Hatchback model gets sport front and rear fascias, body side sills, fog lights, and rear spoiler as standard equipment. An optional navigation system is being offered. Other changes for 2010 include auxiliary input added to the base audio system; Interface System for iPod added to the upgraded radio.
Most models come with a 1.8-liter engine, though the stripper sedan model comes with a 1.6-liter engine.
Fuel economy for the Nissan Versa depends on the powertrain. Best is the Versa SL with CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with an EPA-estimated 28/34 mpg City/Highway. Versa S gets 26/31 mpg with six-speed manual, 24/32 with four-speed automatic. The base sedan with 1.6-liter engine gets 26/34 mpg with five-speed manual, 26/33 with automatic.