Nissan Versa 2013 | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine.

September 14th, 2012 | Category: Nissan | 1516 Views

Nissan Versa 2013 | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine. – Nissan announced today the next generation of its global subcompact, the Note, due to go on sale in Japan this September and Europe in 2013. Nissan North America has now followed that news by announcing that the next Versa hatchback will use the same platform, and echo many of the Note’s styling cues.

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Few details are available at the moment, but Nissan confirms that the Versa will use the company’s global V-Platform, but “embrace features tailored to its markets in North and South America”. The new car may well share similar proportions to the Asian market Tiida shown at Shanghai, with styling details from the new Note. The addition of a four speed automatic option is undoubtedly a little strange, considering the Japanese automaker already offers a CVT automatic and a five speed manual option. But the addition makes the Versa sedan a more versatile model in the marketplace, since the CVT demands a $2,130 premium over the standard five speed manual, while the four speed automatic will likely be offered for a $1,000 markup.

Nearly drowned out amid the launch of the Note compact and rumors about a new sports car was Nissan’s recent announcement of several updates to the Versa Sedan for the 2013 model year. These include a retuned CVT that helps increase highway fuel economy by two mpg and a newly available four speed automatic.

The compact car market is white-hot. The new Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra have lifted the segment to new levels of refinement while at the same time improving fuel economy to 40 miles per gallon on the highway and beyond. Instead of turning their attention back to trucks and SUVs, manufacturers are going even smaller. Automakers have begun pouring vast resources into the smaller subcompact segment, and the result has been a wealth of all-new models. The Chevrolet Sonic, Hyundai Accent and Ford Fiesta are all new or updated and vastly superior to prior subcompacts that still linger in our memories like an unpleasant aftertaste.

Nissan has put its subcompact under the knife, too, as the 2012 Versa features all-new sheetmetal, revised powertrains and a fresh interior. The previous Versa was known for being larger and less expensive than its competition, and its sales reflected that it’s been the most popular model in its segment. But we’ve been curious to learn if this latest redesign may help or hurt the Versa’s standing, so we borrowed the keys to a top trim 2012 Nissan Versa SL Sedan for a week to find out.

Nissan Versa 2013 Price :
The Versa may have brand new sheetmetal, but that doesn’t mean Nissan had any intention of deviating from its tried and true B-segment formula. Starting at just $10,990, the Versa continues to boast the lowest starting MSRP in the segment, undercutting the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent by $1,300 or more. Our Blue Onyx SL tester wasn’t close to $11,000, but it was still a relative bargain at $15,560 (plus $780 for delivery).

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Nissan Versa 2013 Interior and Exterior :
As for the reprogrammed CVT, the automaker promises an increase of two mpg on the highway, bringing its rating to 31 mpg city, 40 mpg highway. The five speed manual will see 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway numbers, while the four speed automatic is promised to deliver 25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway. It almost seems as if the CVT is a better investment, considering the price premium will pay itself off over a couple of years in gas money.

The automaker states that the mileage increase is due to variety of small tweaks, including a reprogrammed CVT with a wider ratio spread, a new decklid spoiler and revised underbody ducting. The CVT equipped 2013 Versa is rated at 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, which compares with 27/36 mpg for the standard five speed manual.

Overall, we think the Versa looks awkward thanks to its tall roofline and narrow width, but those dimensions are the reason the cabin feels so spacious. When you step inside the cabin of the Versa, there’s an overwhelming sense of roominess. The biggest surprise is rear seat legroom, which is ridiculously accommodating for such a small car at 37 inches. The Fiesta can only manage 31 cubic inches, or a half foot less than the Versa. Even the full-size Honda Accord can only manage another two-tenths of an inch more rear leg room than the Versa. Click on the Autoblog Short Cut below for more on the Versa’s leg-stretching rear seats.

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Nissan Versa 2013 Engine :
Nissan is claiming class leading fuel efficiency for the new Note, with advancements in aerodynamics, lightweight technology and advanced engine technology. It isn’t yet known what engines the U.S. market Versa will use, but in Japan and Europe the Note range will include a 1.2 liter Miller cycle supercharged three cylinder, already used in the current Nissan Micra/March. Meanwhile, Nissan is updating the Versa sedan for 2013. The updated car is expected to achieve EPA highway figures of 40 MPG, and joins the strong selling Versa range, which currently occupies over 20 percent of the segment’s sales.

So the interior of the Versa is less than ideal, but the B-segment isn’t known for its top-quality animal hides and state of the art infotainment tech. The same can be said of the power under the hood, as the Versa is motivated by a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine packing a middling 109 horsepower at 6,000 revolutions per minute and 107 pound feet of torque at 4,400 RPM. That isn’t a lot of power, even in this class. The Fiesta offers 120 horsepower from its 1.6 liter engine, while the Honda Fit promises 117 horsepower from its 1.5-liter. Luckily, at 2,424 pounds, the SL sedan is a bit lighter than either the Fiesta or the Fit. Nissan does offer a 122-horsepower, 1.8 liter mill, but only under the hood of the Versa Hatchback, which remains largely the same despite the Nissan’s overhaul of this sedan variant.

Our tester featured Nissan’s Xtronic gearbox, which to its credit is among the least annoying CVT transmissions on the market at any price. Nissan has made a sustained commitment to developing its CVT and it shows through the hardware’s smooth operation that doesn’t drone endlessly like many other transmissions of this type. It’s still not our favorite type of transmission, but that’s the sort of tradeoff one makes in the name of fuel efficiency. Source: leftlanenews.com, neocarsuv.blogspot.com, autocarrelease.com.

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