Roadshow Video Reviews
2012 Nissan VersaA rounder, greener, and also pricier Versa.
There's actually a lot of Leaf in the new Nissan Versa, at least in its look. The squatty, rump headlights that extend way up the fenders, and overall roof line are very much Leaf-ish, along with flowing lines as opposed to the current creased look on the Versa. In the dash, traffic, satellite radio, navigation, USB, iPod integration and Bluetooth as well as streaming Bluetooth will all be available, but we'll see how much, if any, is there in the base configuration. Nissan boasts this little guy will have big car room inside, especially in the backseats which is nice. Under the hood is a modern but rather unremarkable 109-horsepower 1.6-liter four but it does 30/37 MPG. That's a 5- or 6-mile per gallon improvement over the outgoing Versa, and it goes out through a CVT automatic. All that efficiency is enough for this new Versa to earn the company's self-congratulatory Pure Drive Eco badge. It goes on sale in the US summer of 2011, starting at a pretty low $10,990.