...Safety: The 2008 Nissan Versa comes standard with front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a tire-pressure monitor. Antilock brakes with brake assist are optional. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, it earned a four-star rating (out of a possible five) for driver and front-passenger protection in head-on collisions; five stars were given for side-impact safety. In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal-offset and side-impact tests, the Versa earned the top score of "Good." Interior Design and Special Features: The Nissan Versa's...
...That includes well-padded seats and double stitching for the upholstery. Nissan designers used the flagship Maxima sedan as their benchmark for the Versa's interior. Standard features on even base models include air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, 15-inch steel wheels, power outside mirrors, rear-window defrost and a 120-watt single-disc AM/FM/compact-disc audio system. Among available options are Sirius or XM satellite radio (buyer's option), antilock brakes (available on all trim levels), and upgraded audio systems, including a 180-watt system with a six-disc in-dash CD changer. The...
...New this year, the SL hatchback's Sport Package now extends to the SL sedan. This option bundle features side sills, foglights, a rear spoiler, and extra body cladding.The 2008 Versa brags that it offers the most leg and headroom in its subcompact class. Indeed, the rear seat is fairly spacious, with 38 inches of legroom. The cargo area in the hatch is 17 cubic inches, but expands to 50 cubic inches when the rear seats fold down. A cargo cover comes standard with the hatch. All trims come with dual front airbags, tilt steering, a tachometer, CD player, tire monitor, and air conditioning, but...
...The EPA rates the Versa at 27/33 mpg (city/highway) with the CVT and 26/31 with the manual transmission. During my week with the Versa, I filled the gas tank twice and averaged slightly less than 22 mpg. That's not good even in heavy traffic like I experience commuting, and it certainly doesn't achieve the thrifty atmosphere that the EPA figures and Nissan's advertising tout for the Versa. Features My SL test car came with 15-inch alloy wheels, power windows, remote keyless entry and start, cruise control and a six-CD stereo standard. The stereo system was surprisingly clear and had enough...
...Metallic-look trim divides sections of the upper and lower dash and also appears on the gearshift, steering-wheel spokes and door-handle surrounds. Upscale touches include stitched armrest padding and an available premium sound system with satellite radio. Nissan says the cabin stretches 6 feet from front to back. The rear seat is especially commodious for this class; legroom considerably beats the Aveo, Yaris and Fit, and headroom trumps all but the Fit. Front dimensions also rank at the head of the pack, and total passenger volume exceeds all but the Aveo's. The cargo volume measures 13.8...
...The hatchback has better cargo space (obviously), so if it matters to you and you're in the market, I would suggest taking a look at that. Speaking of cargo space, I could not find a button in the car to pop the darn trunk. Call me spoiled, but I like to be able to pop the trunk with relative ease. And though I'm aware that this is not meant to be a performance vehicle, the Versa's acceleration left a lot to be desired. Overall, the Versa is a spunky little car that offers a lot at an affordable price. You may have figured out by now that my son does not in fact speak Arabic, or do algebra...
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