Sold in other markets as the Tiida, Nissan’s entry into the suddenly-crowded “B”-segment–think Honda Fit, Aveo, Yaris, etc.–will be the Versa for 2007. Surprisingly roomy inside, it’s one of the biggest platforms to fit into the B category.
The Versa also sports one of the largest motors in the B-segment. It’s a 122-horse 1.8-liter, and it feels decidedly peppy when driven back-to-back with the competition. Electric power steering is also featured, and we were mightily impressed with the Versa’s tracking. Leave it to Nissan to build the sportiest entry in the subcompact class.
We drove an SL model, which runs around $17,000. Base Versas start at just $12,500, though, but you lose the keyless start, the sunroof, the subwoofer-equipped Rockford Fosgate 6-disc stereo, and more goodies. Either way, the Versa promises to be first-rate transportation on a budget. Our only complaint would regard a distinct lack of storage space in the interior–there isn’t much in the way of cubbies, nooks and crannies for all your stuff.