With a starting price of $14730, the new Nissan Versa is no longer the cheapest currently car sold in the US, with that title now going to the Mitsubishi Mirage. However, the Versa is still good value, costing less than rivals such as the Honda Fit, which starts at $16190.
So why has the price gone up then? Unlike the previous Versa, which was no better equipped than a 2003 Hyundai Accent, the new Versa automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and high beam assistant as standard, and that’s in the base model. More expensive versions get automatic climate control, LED lighting, and Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes several camera’s, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and other gadgets to keep teenagers safe when they’re learning to drive.
Pick of the range is the base model, purely because all other versions come standard with Nissan’s Xtronic CVT transmission. The base model, the Versa S comes standard with a 5-speed manual, with the CVT being a $1670 option. All Versa’s now come with a new naturally aspirated 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine making 122 hp at 6300 RPM and 114 lb ft of torque at 4000 RPM. No performance figured are available yet, but you can find out how slow it is for yourself when you rent one at Enterprise. More relevant is the gas mileage- it does 30 mpg combined, or 35 mpg with the CVT.
The new Versa is available to order now. But if you are looking for the cheapest new car possible, visit your local Mitsubishi dealership. Some are giving away new Mirage’s for under $10k.