The newest member of Nissan's model lineup, the 2007 Versa hatchback and sedan both start at the same $12,550 base price. The all-new 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine powers the pair of body styles and makes 122 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, with a four-speed automatic available for $800 on the base S trim and a CVT as a $1,000 option on the better-equipped SL (which starts at $14,550).
The SL trim adds 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels, power windows and door locks, a remote keyless entry, cruise control, a six-disc CD changer, and an upgraded audio system and interior accents.
The dashboard in the Versa is well designed and not overly complicated, and the Versa utilizes three easy-to-use knobs for its standard air conditioning.
The Versa's brakes are especially impressive, and anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist can be added for $250. A power package can be ordered on the base car, and it installs power windows and locks, and a remote keyless entry system among other equipment. A sunroof and a Rockford subwoofer are available on the SL.
The Nissan Versa scores a five star rating in the NHSA crash test. Besides the federally-mandated front air bags, the Versa is unusual for its class in offering both seat mounted side air bags for the front seat passengers, and also head curtain air bags for all outboard seat occupants.
Overall, the Versa is a lot of car for the entry price.
The brand-new 2007 Versa fits under the Sentra as Nissan's entry level model, and signals the manufacturer's foray into the sub-compact market. And in a segment where every inch of interior space is appreciated, the Versa's 94.3 cubic feet of passenger volume stands near the top of its class.
The Versa is powered by a 1.8L four-cylinder that can be matched with a six-speed manual transmission, a four-speed automatic transmission, or a CVT. Body styles include a sedan and a hatchback, and both can be had in either base S trim or uplevel SL trim. The SL adds alloy wheels, a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat (to the sedan), cloth seat trim, and power accoutrements. The SL also gets a six-disc in-dash CD changer and auxiliary audio input jack.
Pricing starts at $12,550 regardless of the number of doors on the car, which is competitive with other players in the market.