Nissan Versa Performance
Unlike subcompact competitors Honda Fit and Scion tC, the Versa skimps on performance. Edmunds points out that it "isn't being touted as a sport hatch" by Nissan, and Automobile.com calls the Versa "no fireball."
However, a number of reviewers are pleased with the 2007 Nissan Versa's responsive steering. But Kelley Blue Book highlights the Versa's reaction to turns, saying, "It feels quite confident in the corners and exhibits good stability on expressways." Reviewers like Auto Mall USA note parking the Versa is a "breeze." However, the 2007 Nissan Versa was not a favorite for its noisy ride. About.com: Autos notices noise that "tells you there's a four-cylinder under the hood," whereas MSN Autos is annoyed with the sounds from the road and the engine, writing "tire noise only stopped when I traveled on new asphalt surfaces."
Acceleration and Power
All versions of the 2007 Nissan Versa have a 1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine with 122 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, but the S trim has the option for a four-speed automatic transmission instead. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the 2007 Nissan Versa with the four-speed automatic transmission at 24 miles per gallon in the city, 32 miles per gallon on the highway.
Drivers with the SL trim can choose an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT), a transmission system that produces different engine/wheel speed ratios and helps for easier acceleration when changing gears, decreased downshifting and increases fuel efficiency. With the standard six-speed manual transmission, the Environmental Protection Agency rates the 2007 Nissan Versa at 26 miles per gallon with city driving and 31 miles per gallon on the highway. Using the automatic CVT, the Versa rates at 26 miles per gallon for the city, 33 miles per gallon on the highway. Road and Track specifically compliments Versa on these numbers, and credits the "silky CVT that gives the Versa excellent EPA fuel economy."
Handling and Braking
Motor Week calls the Versa's handling with its suspension outfit capable. "But it's a mild, safe kind of capable, with moderate levels of front plow and plenty of wheel travel to soak up urban potholes," the reviewers writes.The 2007 Nissan Versa has electric power-assisted steering, and a suspension system that includes an independent strut suspension with stabilizer bar for the front and torsion beam suspension with integrated rear stabilizer bar in the rear. Also coming standard with all 2007 Nissan Versa are ripple-control shock absorbers.
Reviews are mixed on the 2007 Nissan Versa's standard vented front disc/rear drum brakes. While About.com: Autos comments that "the front discs provided excellent stopping power," Edmunds recommends purchasing the optional four-wheel antilock braking system with Electronic Brake force Distribution and brake assist. Its reviewers report, "Our non-ABS Versa stopped from 60 mph in 152 feet and made us pretty nervous in the process."