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in 2011 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $8,238 - $11,324
Original MSRP: $9,990 - $17,410
MPG: 26 City / 34 Hwy
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2011 Nissan Versa Interior

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With high-quality cabin materials and one of the best-reviewed rear seats in its class, the 2011 Nissan Versa's cabin is considered one of the better ones in the affordable small car class. But there are a number of reviewer complaints regarding the almost non-existent features list on the base model.

  • "The Versa hatchback is in effect a high-roof wagon that gives a quartet of six-footers plenty room for knees and noggins, or, with the rear seat folded, ingests your girlfriend's dinette set." -- Iguida
  • "The SL interior is highlighted by lots of soft-touch materials and classy looking gauges--uncommon at this price point. The S model lacks the soft-touch surfaces, but materials are still pleasant for the price." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There were hand cranks to raise and lower the window, and locking the doors took zero drain off the battery because you lock them yourself. You unlocked the door outside by sticking a key into the door handle. The navigation system was an old world printed map, and there was not a single thing in the car that beeped." -- MarketWatch

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Seating

Most test drivers find the Versa's front cabin spacious and comfortable, though a few would like a little more cushioning in the front seats. Rear-seat room is one of the Versa's biggest selling points. In a class where comfortable rear seats are exceptionally rare, the Versa stands out.

  • "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 huge front seats in the Nissan Versa are roomy and comfortable. As with the other cars in this class, the Versa driver gets lots of legroom and headroom. In terms of hip room, however, the Versa is a real standout. The width and the substantial structure of the front seats may make the Versa a great choice among subcompacts for big drivers." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "It's almost all good news in the back seat. There's generous width for two big adults and this is arguably the only back seat in the class to accept three grownups without clown-car squeezing." -- Iguida

Interior Features

Reviewers like the soft-touch materials inside the Nissan Versa, as well as the available options on higher trims, but they don't like just how bare the base model is. The 1.6 BASE sedan offers a tilt steering column and a few cup holders as standard but not much else. Upgrade to the 1.8 S trim and you can get air conditioning and an audio system. You can also opt for the Power Package, which includes power door locks and windows. Navigation and Bluetooth are also optional. For more standard features on a base model, consider the Kia Forte.

  • "Nissan has made sure that most of the surfaces you touch, such as the armrests and door handles, have a soft feel to them. No hard plastics here." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "A wireless cell phone link is an unexpected convenience feature in this class. Its usefulness is let down somewhat, as it only understands commands that are spoken slowly, loudly, and clearly." -- Consumer Guide
  • "One area where the...Nissan Versa shines is in feature content. While the base car has little more than a stereo and A/C, the higher-level SL trim can be tricked out with such niceties as Bluetooth, keyless ignition/entry, sunroof, satellite radio, iPod integration and upgraded speakers. If you want lots of toys for a low price, the Versa is certainly attractive." -- Edmunds
  • "First off, you should know that the Nissan Versa tested this week had the easiest-to- adjust radio of any car test in the past five-plus years. That's because there was no radio." -- MarketWatch

Cargo

The 2011 Nissan Versa offers an impressive amount of storage space inside both its sedan and hatchback models. The sedan comes equipped with a trunk that offers 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space. For those in need of even more cargo versatility, the hatchback model offers a folding rear seat that allows for 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use and 50.4 cubic feet of total cargo space. 

  • "With room for lots of boxes, this box has utility in greater proportion to its fun quotient." -- Car and Driver
  • "The sedan's trunk is tall and large for the class. Versa hatchbacks have generous cargo room, but the load floor in both body styles is interrupted by rear seats that don't fold flush, creating an annoying stepped surface." -- Consumer Guide

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