SHARP TURNS – Versa keeps prices down

2013-07-19T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – Versa keeps prices downMATT SHARP Auto Columnist nwitimes.com
July 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Nissan is holding its own when it comes to compact cars. The car I am about to talk about has actually won the 2012 Kelly Blue Book’s Total Cost of Ownership Award. Nissan is able to produce an exciting vehicle at a super low price for customers. The 2014 Nissan Versa has low prices but high quality. It comes in three models: the Versa S, Versa S Plus, and the Versa SV, which I will focus on for the most part.

When looking at the 2014 Versa, Nissan says it best: “It's fun, it's efficient, it's roomy — and it's got style to boot. Subtle chrome grille accents and chrome door handles, sleek lines, and broad shoulders make the Versa Sedan stand out in the parking lot. And with a rear spoiler designed to help enhance aerodynamic down force, Versa is not only pleasing to the eye, it's slippery to the air.” Anyone can look and feel good driving this sedan—with a whole family in the car or just one person.

To go along with feeling good, while sitting in the gorgeous Versa you will experience the spacious interior with unexpected leg and head room, with space to seat five comfortably in the various colors of cloth seating. With 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, you can take along just about anything.

The air controls for the Versa make a unique pyramid on the bottom of the center stack, with the top of the ‘pyramid’ ending with the audio controls and color display. The available NissanConnect is equipped with innovative features like hands-free phone capability, streaming audio, a USB connection port, and navigation system with a 5.8-inch color display that serves up points of interest like restaurants, gas stations, and ATMs. The display helps you have eyes in the back of you head with the RearView Monitor back up camera. You can also sync your mobile device through Bluetooth or a USB connection, to control audio or answer phone calls hands free.

Nissan takes safety very seriously, as we all should. It starts with their advanced air bag system; six air bags are standard to help protect everyone in the car. Two dual-stage supplemental front air bags equipped with seat belt sensors and an occupant-classification sensor, to help react faster then you have time to worry. Supplemental air bags for side-impact protection are built into each front seat, and two roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags to help provide head protection for both rows of outboard passengers. Another great safety feature is the vehicle dynamic control and traction control system. This standard feature – sometimes called stability control – continuously monitors your steering and braking actions, senses any oversteer or understeer, and compensates by reducing engine speed and/or applying brake pressure to specific wheels. In addition, Traction Control System can sense front wheel slip or spin and responds by instantly helping reduce throttle which helps you both regain grip and maintain control of the road. Nissan fit many more safety features into the Versa.

As I promised, the Versa’s prices are very low compared to most sedans out there. The Versa S starts at about $12,000, which includes CD audio system with auxiliary input jack and a 5-speed manual transmission. The S Plus model starts at a little under $14,000 this model includes cruise control, the rear spoiler, and Xtronic CVT. The SV model that I have been talking about starts at a little over $15,000.

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