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Nissan has always been know for making practical and reliable cars that , though they might not always look it, are immensely fun to drive as well. Over the past few years, Nissan has launched some exciting cars such as the GT-R, 370Z and even the Leaf, but their focus hasn’t just been on extreme ends. Somewhere in the design works and factories at Nissan, some people were busy creating a sensible family saloon that would cater to those seeking almost everything, and put it altogether in a scarcely believable price tag as well. Enter the 2012 Versa Sedan SV Convenience.
The design of the 2012 Versa sedan is nothing unusual, it looks compact yet large, with it’s bulbous proportions all round. A pleasing front grille greets you, with the headlamps and the air dam working up a smile that you will always feel fresh. There are several, not very pronounced, lines and curves along the bonnet and the sides of the car that make a lot of difference to the overall appearance. A sloping roof line and rather substantial rear tell you almost immediately that space is not something this car is short on – for people as well as luggage. The sweeping tail lamps add a nice touch too.
Step into the Versa, and chances are you will step out again to make sure you’re indeed stepping into the same car. The usage of available space is impressive to say the least. You’re treated to a simple, yet elegant dashboard layout with Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges giving you all the information you need with various lights all around. The trip computer displays everything from distance to empty, average and current MPG to service intervals. Cruise control is standard and features steering wheel mounted controls. Add the $350 Convenience package, and you get a lot of usable add-ons like a premium audio system with 4 speakers and audio controls on the steering wheel, as well as speed-sensitive volume control. You also get support for CDs with MP3 or WMA format tracks, an iPod interface, an RDS enabled radio and Bluetooth connectivity, besides some convenient add-ons like a vanity mirror in the front passenger visor and front map lights. The seats, although simple looking and upholstered in cloth, feel comfortable and upmarket and offer good support. Rear passengers get great leg room and a pair of cup holders too. The 2012 Versa Sedan SV Convenience takes care of all the right bits on the inside.
It all comes together in the Versa Sedan SV with Nissan’s standard Advanced Air Bag System featuring dual-stage front airbags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors, front seat mounted side airbags and roof mounted curtain airbags for front and rear passengers. There are 3-point seat belts for all positions as well as a latch system for child seats. All four disc brakes with ABS and EBD along with hydraulic brake assist are standard, as are the Vehicle Dynamic Control, Traction Control and speed-sensitive power steering system to ensure maximum stability in all conditions. You also get a tire pressure monitor and rear defroster. The doors feature power door locks with an auto lock system. Remote keyless entry is also standard. All the important boxes are checked then.
The 2012 Versa Sedan has an efficient 1.6L inline 4-cylinder engine powering it that makes a decent 109 horsepower and with 107 lb/ft of torque, has more than adequate pulling power for those highway drives with the family as well. The Versa SV also comes with Nissan’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission driving the front wheels that provides seamless power delivery and good traction. It also delivers on the fuel economy front with a certified 38 mpg on the highway.
Overall, Nissan’s 2012 Versa Sedan SV Convenience offers a lot of car for the money and throws in some essential features that perfectly complement everyday practicality. It makes a great buy for a smart family saloon offering convenience, flexibility, safety and reliability all in one package.
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Price:[attr style=”width:120px;font:inherit;font-size:small;”]*** From $14,560 plus $350 for the Convenience package[attr style=”font:inherit;font-size:small;”]
Body style:*** 4 door sedan
Engine:*** 1.6L inline 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve gasoline engine with Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System.
Power:*** 109 hp / 6000 rpm
Torque:*** 107 lb/ft / 4400 rpm
Transmission:*** Xtronik Continuously Variable Transmission
Curb weight:*** 2,424 lbs.
Wheels & Tires:*** 15 x 5.5″ steel wheels with 185/65 HR15 all-season tires
Vehicle Warranty:*** 3 year / 36,000 mile limited vehicle coverage
Powertrain Warranty:*** 5 year / 60,000 mile limited powertrain coverage
Fuel economy EPA:*** 30 mpg city / 38 mpg highway