2010 Nissan Versa Consumer Reviews

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2010 Nissan Versa
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Versa the Versatile

by from on September 17, 2010

I bought the Versa hatchback because it met my needs (lots of storage) and it was cheap (real cheap). I always though I’d buy used cars only, but when I divided the purchase price by the estimated num...
I bought the Versa hatchback because it met my needs (lots of storage) and it was cheap (real cheap). I always though I’d buy used cars only, but when I divided the purchase price by the estimated number of useful miles remaining on the vehicle, I found that buying a new Versa, in the long run, was the best deal. I got a steal at $10,800. I paid cash with no trade-in. Out the door, with all of the taxes and fess was around $12,600. I have only driven the car for 2000 miles, but I am very comfortable in it. I am a person who likes to drive for driving sake not just for commuting. Therefore, I highly recommend the manual transmission, which adds a lot more fun. The acceleration is decent, but the handling can only be described as adequate. A sharp turn can be made, but with no acceleration and no brake. Otherwise, it under-steers like a pig. This is caused by a couple of things; narrow track and tall outline cause high center of gravity, skinny tires, soft suspension. My previous car was a 2001 Ford Escort, which weighed 240 lbs less, had a lower center of gravity and therefore handled much better. The interior is roomy over-head and has great leg room. I am 6 foot and normally, I slide the driver seat all the way back. This is the 1st car I have ever driven where I slide it forward some. It can fit 4 large adults very nicely. The 5th is difficult. The car is narrow, so the middle seat is real skinny. I have 3 young children. The rear bench can fit my 6 year old without a booster, my 4 year old with a booster and my 1 year old in a car seat, but it is very tight. I wish that the car had been made wider instead of taller to give it sportier handling and a wider rear bench. Also, the driver seat sits a bit higher than I would like. I would rather it be very low, like a sports car. The driver seat is supportive, but the foam is dense. Therefore, it insulates and causes my back to sweat. The interior is well designed. The seats fold down to make room for my windsurf equipment, and the roof can be fitted with an aftermarket removable rack. The last complaint I have is the keyhole. There is only 1; on the driver side. I want a keyhole on the passenger side as well. I like to open the door for my wife, but have no desire to carry around a bulky remote for keyless entry. Overall, this car is fantastic. It is simple, functional and versatile. Most importantly, though is the incredible value.
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Great Car Especially in it's Class

by from St.Cloud,MN on August 19, 2011

I've had a 2010 for a year now, it's great for getting around town or longer trips. I'm 6'3" and I fit very comfortably. The only time a notice a lack of power is on a strong incline or when trying to...
I've had a 2010 for a year now, it's great for getting around town or longer trips. I'm 6'3" and I fit very comfortably. The only time a notice a lack of power is on a strong incline or when trying to merge with a short on ramp. Lastly went on a 600 mile round trip with 3 other adult males, and all were impressed with room. So much so that one of them has since purchased one for himself.
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Great value for a basic transportation vehicle

by from Akron, OH on August 28, 2010

I was interested in the new Ford Fiesta, but then I noticed that the specs on the Nissan Versa were very similar...at a considerably lower price! So, I test-drove the Versa and bought it afterwards. T...
I was interested in the new Ford Fiesta, but then I noticed that the specs on the Nissan Versa were very similar...at a considerably lower price! So, I test-drove the Versa and bought it afterwards. This car is a real bargain. I got the base, base model that didn't even include a radio, but, hey, it is a great vehicle for basic transportation. I drive only about 5K miles a year just to work and back, so this vehicle is ideal for me. It has a very nice cushy ride from an excellent suspension, and it is even "spunky" in performance. Plus, I have been getting about 33 mpg in combined highway and city driving, and it is rated a ULEV for everyone who is interested in going "green" (like me!). I also like that it sits up higher than most small cars, so the visibility is great and it even looks and feels like a bigger car than it is. If you want brutish acceleration, however, this is definitely not the car for you! As I mentioned, the base 1.6-liter engine is "spunky" but not fast. But, it gets around well enough for most "normal" commutes on both highways and city roads. You may want to consider this car, and you can save some money too.
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Best value car in America

by from bay area, CA on October 26, 2010

Most basic viable car on the market. It has four doors, plenty of back seat space, a nice large trunk, and a pleasant interior. I bought it purely for commuting to work in, we also have a Sienna for ...
Most basic viable car on the market. It has four doors, plenty of back seat space, a nice large trunk, and a pleasant interior. I bought it purely for commuting to work in, we also have a Sienna for the wife and kids. The 1.6 engine is enough for it to be nippy when i'm alone in the car, and adequate when others are loaded. The manual gearbox is a bit notchy, but functional. The gears are low, so it gets noisy at speed. 3.5k rpm at 75. I got the second most basic model, the sedan, just AC (for california climate) and ABS (very important, in my opinion, and should be standard). no other options at all. the crank windows and manual seats and mirrors don't bother me, its nice being simple - makes the car light. but the non-power doors annoy me - especially since only the drivers door and trunk have keyholes. one more keyhole couldn't cost much, surely? bulid quality seems very good for a cheap car. ride is nice and comfortable, but handling is not great - i have 14 inch steel wheels which make it very wallowy and soft. Again, though, for me to drive to work in, the soft ride keeps me relaxed Almost all the competitors in this market have better vehicles in some way, mostly because of more features, but for me the price was the most important. i got it for 11400 (before tax&license), and no competitor could get lower than 13000, with AC. The handling of a FIT isn't worth 4k extra to me, and the "coolness" of a fiesta isn't worth 3k extra. Its a bit of an ugly duckling, but then i'm european, so really its normal for me. its not offensive, and its certainly not bland. commuting to work i get 32mpg (half city half highway). freeway trips at 75-80 get me 35mpg. overall, super happy with it.
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Great for New Family!

by from Norfolk, Virginia on November 15, 2009

Car is excellent! Sounds strong and is reliable. Bought ours because we have a baby boy due in March 10'. Has good safety ratings which makes me and my wife happy. Also the 2010 Versa SL 1.8 has a hef...
Car is excellent! Sounds strong and is reliable. Bought ours because we have a baby boy due in March 10'. Has good safety ratings which makes me and my wife happy. Also the 2010 Versa SL 1.8 has a hefty little engine in it. Lightweight hatchback with a strong engine. 127 hp/around 130 torque! Let the dealership let you keep it for a day! All the features are awesome. We paid around $18,000 with extended warranty.
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My first car

by from New Orleans, LA on November 26, 2011

Me and my mother were looking for a commuter car that I could drive back and forth to school everyday. We went used car shopping for almost 3 weeks with no luck. Dealers would try to sell us cars out ...
Me and my mother were looking for a commuter car that I could drive back and forth to school everyday. We went used car shopping for almost 3 weeks with no luck. Dealers would try to sell us cars out our price range or the cars wouldn't meet the requirements of the company financing us. I returned home one day and found the cutest little white sedan in front of my house. My mother bought a 2010 Nissan Versa sedan with about 44,000 miles. So far there have been no problems with reliability(even though it has been only 3 months). This car is small on the outside but on the inside is a completely different story. There is more than enough room for me in the drivers seat. I'm about 6 ft tall and 220lbs. The backseat can be cramped with 3 people back there but the leg room is just ridiculous. There is so much of it, even with the driver's seat all the way back. The trunk is of a decent size, but the backseats don't fold down in the model that I have(which isn't a problem because I am mainly using it as a commuter car). Performance is sluggish with 5 people in the car, but with just me the acceleration is acceptable. I have no problem merging onto the interstate and it handles pretty well there. Definitely not a car you would drag race someone with(although I have attempted this with predictable results). I have read that most people think the exterior is awful. It is a bit bland at certain angles, but I think its cute. The only thing that really stands out to me is the rear of the car. Awkward is the only word that I can describe the rear of the car with. The interior is cloth and plastic, but this doesn't bother me. Its not like I'm caressing the dash of the car when I'm in it. It does rattle, but the radio covers up any noise from that. There are side slots on the doors where you can store stuff and enough cup holders to go around. The seats are comfortable and I have had no problems/complaints about them. In terms of "bang for the buck" I think me and my mother hit the jackpot with the Versa. Its practical, spacious, reliable, and what I believe to be the perfect first car. Learning to drive in it was easy and the controls are very user friendly. The only thing that I have been disappointed in is the gas mileage. I'm supposed to be getting around 26 mpg. I recently did a test on a 10 gallon tank of gas with pretty much all city driving and got around 22 mpg. This is with very conservative driving. I'm going to do another test soon, but with 44,000 miles, the car is already "broken in" and I don't expect mpg to improve. Other than that, I would recommend this car for anyone looking for a first car or something to get them from point A to point B safely. I plan to drive my Versa until the wheels fall off.
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Versa

by from Spring Hill,TN on May 14, 2012

We bought this car last spring to replace an aging MB E500. We got this car with 14000 miles on it and have recently passed 42000. Besides fill ups and oil changes this car hasn't cost us a nickel. Ve...
We bought this car last spring to replace an aging MB E500. We got this car with 14000 miles on it and have recently passed 42000. Besides fill ups and oil changes this car hasn't cost us a nickel. Very reliable, roomy and comfortable for its size. Not very peppy, but my soon to be 16 year old daughter will get great use from this car.
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Little big car

by from Northern NJ on April 19, 2010

Amazing little car on the outside, spacious compact on the inside. Great handling, CVT needs some getting used to, good mileage if not lead footed. Rear seats not as configurabe as Honda Fit, but stil...
Amazing little car on the outside, spacious compact on the inside. Great handling, CVT needs some getting used to, good mileage if not lead footed. Rear seats not as configurabe as Honda Fit, but still enough storage room for most tasks. AC is manual and interior is a bit toned down compared to EU and AUS model, but still more pleasant than most cars in class. - Digital AC on European and Australian models... The car is fairly new, so no real input on reliability. Only one "real" issue so far - no trip computer! Come on Nissan, that would addt o the cost of vehicle like what - $10 ?!
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Godd value for the money

by from Carmel, IN on July 8, 2010

Good car overall. Nice styling, good handling, good quality. Good for the price. Research on internet was easy. Test drive was good.
Good car overall. Nice styling, good handling, good quality. Good for the price. Research on internet was easy. Test drive was good.
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A best buy

by from Chattanooga, TN on December 5, 2011

Great small car with the big heart. Holds tons of stuff (hatchback) gets good mileage and is quite suprising in comfort and roominess. This is our second: gave the first one ('09) to our twentysomethi...
Great small car with the big heart. Holds tons of stuff (hatchback) gets good mileage and is quite suprising in comfort and roominess. This is our second: gave the first one ('09) to our twentysomething daughter who really likes it and replaced it with a '10. Looked at lots of different cars and this is the best bang for the buck out there. I have a significant expressway commute to work and the Versa hatchback fills the bill nicely. No frills, just dependable transportation.
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