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2013 Nissan Versa 1.6 S

2013 Nissan Versa Review

(0 Stars)  Agreeable, inexpensive transportation.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
The Versa sedan was all-new for 2012 and receives only modest changes this year. There’s a new 1.6 S model with a four-speed automatic transmission, which is cheaper than models with a CVT. Models with the CVT will now return 40 mpg on the highway, thanks to new aerodynamic parts and some powertrain tuning. The Versa hatchback is unchanged but is due for a redesign at the end of 2012.
Overview
The Versa sedan and Versa Note hatchback are the cheapest new Nissans you can buy, offering incredible value for the money. The base models have attractive prices, but they lack such features as power locks and windows, cruise control, and keyless entry. Many buyers will instead gravitate to the pricier and better-equipped SV and SL trim levels, on which navigation, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and keyless entry are available. The switchgear and gauges are clear and easy to use, but basic, and many of the interior fittings and plastics look and feel cheap. However, the Versa will satisfy people looking for basic, affordable transportation because it is comfortable and easy to drive. An efficient 1.6-liter engine can return as much as 40 mpg, but its meager 109 hp requires patience when merging on highways. A smooth continuously variable transmission is standard on all but the cheapest trim levels; the S offers a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. In spite of its compact exterior dimensions, the Versa sedan has a spacious cabin, a roomy back seat, and a surprisingly large trunk. The Note, which goes on sale in June as a 2014 model, offers even more interior room and is extremely practical thanks to its roomy rear hatch. Whether opting for the bargain-basement Versa S or a better-equipped sedan or hatchback, buyers will find themselves behind the wheel of an agreeable and inexpensive small car.

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2013 Versa 1.6 S Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.6L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 27 MPG city, 36 MPG highway, 30 MPG combined and 324 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
10.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 109 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 107 ft lb of torque @ 4,400 rpm

'13 Nissan 1.6 S Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Trip Computer
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Tires and Wheels  
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Wheel Covers
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