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2008 Nissan Versa Review

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

These scores and this review are from when the car was new.

The Versa is a very roomy, well equipped subcompact that comes standard with six air bags, a rarity for a small car. But the Versa is no sports car.

The 2008 Nissan Versa is praised for interior comfort and upscale design, but falls short of competitors in driving performance. And although the Versa will give you good gas mileage compared to a larger vehicle, it doesn't offer the gas mileage of some of its similarly sized competitors. With so many small cars and hatchbacks with similar capabilities and features, several reviewers are on the fence when comparing the Versa to the similarly sized and styled Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit.

The 2008 Nissan Versa is offered as a five-door hatchback or a four-door sedan, both of which have two trims each. As a new model last year, changes to the 2008 Versa are minimal. However, more optional features are now available and cruise control is now optional for the Versa's base trim. If you're in the market for a subcompact, consider the frequently compared Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit. Also consider the Honda Civic.

  • "No one, not one expert in the field, expects any major reduction in oil prices in the future. Hence, the Versa should be near the top of any commuters shopping list." -- MarketWatch
  • "Though it's basic transportation, the Versa sedan has an exceptionally roomy interior for this class, good power, and the only six-speed manual gearbox option in its class." -- Car and Driver
  • "Of the three entry-level amigos, I would take the Honda Fit instead of the Versa, but the Versa instead of the Yaris. All three should give you dependable, thrifty transportation, but the Honda factors in at least a little fun." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "The Fit, Yaris and Versa all have pros and cons. But many small-car buyers might find the Versa is the best all-round auto of the trio for American driving because of its big-car feel and roominess." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "The Versa offers spacious legroom and headroom in the front and back. The seats are surprisingly comfortable — luxurious, even — when you consider this little four-banger hatchback has a starting sticker price of less than $14,000." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • "If the Versa…is the middle child in the family, it is the steady, serious child a strong and able sibling to the Fit's sassy sister and the Yaris's quiet, bookish brother." -- Boston Globe

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