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.