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in 2009 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $6,182 - $9,569
Original MSRP: $9,990 - $16,330
MPG: 26 City / 31 Hwy
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2009 Nissan Versa Interior

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With high-quality cabin materials and abundant leg- and headroom, the Nissan Versa's cabin is considered one of better ones from the affordable small car class. But there are a number of reviewer complaints regarding the number of standard features.

  • "Lots of leg, head and arm room in front and rear seats, unlike the Fit. … And the cloth seats are well cushioned and offer above-average support for long distance travel." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "Comfortable, but bare." -- The Detroit News
  • "The ride is smooth enough to make the Versa a legitimate choice for trips, and the interior, including bucket seats, is above average." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "The Versa's interior is surprisingly upscale for an inexpensive compact, with lots of nice-looking materials." -- BusinessWeek
  • "There is no automatic transmission, no air conditioning, no anti-lock brakes, no electric seats, no fold-down rear seats, no light in the trunk, no electric windows, no electric locks, no remote outside mirrors, no light in the glove compartment, no vanity mirrors, and no clock. And while there are four speakers with the wiring needed to get music or Wall Street news into them, there is no radio to do so." -- Fox News (1.6-liter)

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Front Seats

Almost all test drivers report that the 2009 Versa's cabin is spacious, regardless of which row you're in.

  • "Large and comfortable seats belie Versa's small-car price. Even large adults have plenty of room, though tall occupants will want more seat travel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 'sit up and take notice' driving position and comfortable chair-like seats made it easy to go get lost somewhere. ... There was a huge amount of head up due to the tall stance of the Versa, and leg and elbowroom up front was ample for our 6' frame." -- MarketWatch

Rear Seats

Auto writers say the Versa's ultra-spacious front row foreshadows the impressive amount of room available for rear passengers.

  • "The backseat is particularly impressive. As you get in you'll be pleasantly surprised by the size of the rear door and how the front edge of the rear wheel well does not intrude as you step in." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Roomy interior with an adult-friendly backseat comfortable ride. The payoff is especially apparent for rear-seat passengers." -- Edmunds
  • "Headroom is outstanding, outward vision is excellent, and the rear seat offers as much space as an Acura TL's and enough legroom for an adult male to cross his legs." -- Car and Driver
  • "Rear-seat riders can expect real comfort, without asking to push the front seats too far forward." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Reviewers praise the materials used to outfit the Versa, but are concerned at how well they will standup over time. Several reviewers also complain about how few standard features are available. For example, the 1.6 Base trim is sans stereo. While several compacts don't offer a navigation option, you'll find plenty of portable systems with the same features or better than you can get with an in-dash device. Check out our GPS reviews for insight on the best portable navigation device for your car.

  • "No hard plastics here." -- Automotive.com
  • -"We have a dog that sheds. She never set a paw in the car, yet after a week it looked like she slept there -- the seats worked like a giant lint brush, pulling all the dog hair off my clothes." -- About.com
  • -"Has to be one of the least-equipped cars we have reviewed here at CNET. With our tech-focused agenda, we had little in the way of gadgetry to amuse us during our week with the Versa S." -- CNET

Cargo

Writers are pleased with the 13.8 cubic feet of available cargo room inside the Versa. In addition to a surprisingly spacious trunk, the Versa provides storage spots in the upper dash and front door, and both the front and rear seats have cupholders.

  • "Cargo space is generous because a 'twist beam' rear axle allows for a deep cargo area." -- MSN
  • "Reviewing the base S trim's trunk, About.com find it's "surprisingly tall and long, and even my wife Robin's bulky massage table, which won't fit into many larger cars' trunks, was able to squeeze into the Versa sedan's cargo bay. Very impressive." -- About.com
  • +"In the cargo hold, the Versa is equipped with a reversible mat that is carpeted on one side and plastic on the other, a nice touch if you're hauling dirty equipment." -- The Detroit News

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