The 2012 Nissan Versa is by far one of – if not the – most affordable mid-size sedans on the market today. At just $10,990 you can feel secure buying this car for the new driver in your family, knowing that if they wreck it, not only will they be safe, but it won’t cost you your entire savings.
As far as the interior of the car goes, the design is clean, nothing fancy and has plenty of driver and front passenger head room. The one complaint from consumers and test drivers tends to be that for those of us who are over 5’10” tall, the knee tends to hit the driver’s side dash. Also, there is not middle storage console, instead there are 2 cup-holders. The seats are made of a comfortable suede fabric and Nissan – as always – has included a touchscreen turn-by-turn GPS navigation system. The steering wheel can be adjusted and has volume, channel and cruise control buttons on it, ensuring that the driver’s attention stays focused on the task at hand.
The exterior of the 2012 Nissan Versa is nothing special. The design is simple, like that of your standard rental car. However, the manufacturer has included an impressive 14.8 cubic feet of trunk space in this sedan, ensuring that you can bring multiple large bags if you happen to go on a road trip or vacation in your new Versa. The trunk space was also rated “the most trunk room per dollar of any car in America.”
As far as driving performance goes, the 2012 Versa is a great choice for the money. It was the first car to be equipped with PUREDRIVE, which improves gas mileage, while lowering CO2 emission levels from the vehicle. The Versa comes with a tiny 1.8-liter Dual-Injected Xtronic CVT engine, with 109 ponies at 6,000 RPM. However, this engine allows the Versa to get 38 MPH highway and 30 in-town. The fuel economy directly corresponds with the new DI engine that engineers at Nissan decided to put in.
As far as technology goes, this year’s Versa is surprisingly well equipped. It comes standard with Bluetooth phone technology, allowing you to speak directly to your caller through a microphone near the steering wheel, and listen to them through the speakers. You can even adjust the volume through the volume dial on the car’s dash. Think of the fact that now you won’t have to stick one of those headsets in your ear. The USB port in the car allows you to rock out to all your favorite classics on your MP3 player or other mobile device.
Despite the fact that the Versa is a relatively small car, Nissan ensured that it would also be one of the safest on the road. The Structural Collision Safety System has impact-absorbing technology on the front, back and sides of the car. 6 airbags ensure that both you and your passengers are safe in the unfortunate event of an accident. The Vehicle Dynamic Traction Control automatically detects sliding of wheels and adjust power and brakes accordingly. An advanced braking system helps you bring the vehicle to a complete stop as soon as possible. The tire pressure monitor will alert you if your tire pressure gets to a concerning or unsafe level.
All-in-all, the 2012 Nissan Versa is an excellent choice for the money you’ll spend and the money you’ll save at the pump. If you’re looking for a reliable, safe and fuel-efficient car for either you or your child, then you have to take a look at the 2012 Nissan Versa.