Virtually unchanged for 2009, the Nissan Versa, which comes as a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback, does get power locks, optional on the S and standard on the SL, and some interesting new hatchback paint colors. The Nissan Versa comes with front-wheel drive and is powered by a 1.8L four-cylinder engine that generates 122 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. Standard on the Versa S is a six-speed manual transmission, while a four-speed automatic transmission is optional on all trims except the Versa SL sedan, where it is standard. The Versa SL hatchback is equipped with a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) for better performance and fuel economy. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the base Versa with the four-speed automatic transmission is 24 mpg city/32 mpg hwy and 27 mpg combined, while the Nissan Versa SL with CVT gets a boost to 27/33/29 mpg. Standard safety features include front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, while antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist are optional.Read more Read less
For 2009, Nissan adds 2 more trim levels to their Versa Lineup. Rather than add more options and luxury, and increase the price, they simplified the lineup to match customers' tighter budgets. With a starting price of $9,900, the new 1.6L Base model Versa is the least expensive vehicle sold in America.
Low price; good fuel economy; spacious interior; strongest engine in class; excellent NHTSA crash test results.
Nissan's 2009 Versa remains one of the most spacious sub-compacts available today, with the hatchback boasting 17.8 cubic feet of luggage space behind the standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seat and a very generous 50.4 cubic feet when configured in full cargo mode. The available 1.8L engine (S and SL editions) is more powerful than its competitors', and the Versa offers a roomier cabin and more head and legroom than many in its segment. Despite having a very low cost of entry, the Versa's S and SL editions come well equipped with air conditioning, 6 front and side air bags, and a CD player. The new 1.6 edition is a new value leader, bringing Nissan quality and design to the least expensive vehicle sold in the United States.