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2014 Nissan Versa: Affordability that's hard to beat

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Nissan Versa


If it’s economical transportation you want, you’ll be pleased with the 2014 Nissan Versa sedan because of its low price and miniscule appetite for fuel.
The Versa has a sibling vehicle, the Versa Note, that’s a hatchback.
The Versa is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 109 horsepower and is mated to either a five-speed manual, a four-speed automatic or a continuously variable transmission. The latter option yields the highest fuel efficiency, at 31 mpg city, 40 highway, with the former two getting 27 and 36, which still is pretty good.
The Versa comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, or you may opt for 16 inchers. Fog lights and a rear spoiler are other exterior options.
The Versa has a very basic design, so if you want something that’s really sporty looking, you might want to consider other subcompact sedans.
But the Versa’s upside is that it has a roomy interior. Four adults can sit relatively comfortably in the Versa, with pretty good head and leg room.
It also has a 14.9 cubic foot trunk, which allows you to haul suitcases or a number of grocery bags.
But as for amenities, the standard list in the Versa is pretty short to keep costs down. A stereo with CD player and air conditioning are standard. But if you want power windows and locks, that’s optional. When was the last time you rolled down a window?
The Versa starts at a little over $12,000 and tops out at right around $18,000.
For affordable transportation, it’s hard to beat the Nissan Versa.