Nissan Versa 1.6: the Cheapest Car in America
We all want to have a sedan that is equipped with necessary features (at least few of them), and most of all, is inexpensive. Nissan Versa 1.6 is a sedan that is being considered as the cheapest car in America right now. It was announced back in October 2008 with an MSRP of $9,990 inclusive of destination fees.
It is based on fuel economy, and has 107 horsepower, 1.6 liter four cylinder engine delivering 34 mpg highway fuel economy rating with the 5 speed manual transmission (33 mpg with the four-speed automatic). Within the city, the Versa 1.6 gets 26 mpg.
It has received the EPA rating of 34 mpg on the highway with the 5-speed manual. Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing of Nissan North America said, “It’s our way of saying that in tough economic times, Nissan is here to help.” this is the right saying for a car that is being considered as the most inexpensive sedan in US currently.
Nissan’s well designed and ultra efficient CVT is shockingly absent in Versa 1.6, which gives the more powerful 1.8 liter DOHC four present in other Versas identical highway mileage (33) to the ratio challenged 4-speed auto in the Versa 1.6. It is being said that Nissan engineers were able to eke out 35+ highway mpg from Versa 1.6, only with a small amount of more struggle.
Is economy everything? I mean, can you go for a car only because it is cheap whether it has the necessary features or not? Let us see where have a compromise been made by the manufacturers. The engine is smaller in comparison to the one in standard Versa. It’s liter’s manual transmission gets five speeds in place of the 1.8’s six. Wheels are smaller too, that is 14” instead of 15”. Color choice is also very limited; there is white, black, silver and dark blue. Talking about the inside; the car has manual locks instead of automatic ones, you will find crank down windows, and forget about listening to favorite FM station a there is no radio at all. There are speakers, though, so go to an electronics shop and get a music box. Optional accessories include air conditioning ($1,000), automatic transmission ($1,000), antilock brakes ($250), and floor mats ($155). Do not worry; the driving experience is amazingly satisfying.
Anyways, we are not able to complain much as Nissan has mentioned that the car is focused on fuel economy and value. Therefore, we must not anticipate a lot before having a look at it. Even with lack of much facilities and features, this car can prove good for the families that value money, and require a budget sedan.