2015 Nissan Versa
With most automakers rushing to take their entry-level cars upmarket, it's nice to see that Nissan hasn't abandoned the cheapskate that doesn't want to pay $29k to pick up his dry cleaning. Or the Driving School instructor that just watched his K-Car get smashed to bits by a texting teenager. For these people, the 2015 Nissan Versa was invented. It's transportation at its very basic. But sometimes, basic can good.
2015 Nissan Versa Sedan - Does Affordable really mean Cheap?
Well yes, if you go by the dictionary meaning. But the 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan isn't cheap to the point of being intolerable. You're not going to find soft-touch surfaces, or a heated steering wheel sitting beneath a glass roof. A backup camera and navigation are available, if you want them. But the Versa isn't going to wow you with special features, or dramatic styling. It will however, keep you from walking to the bus stop...in the rain.
For a starting price of around $12k, the 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan comes with a 109-hp DOHC 1.6 liter engine, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission (yes, they still make those). Spend a little more, and you can get a 4-speed automatic (they still make those too, apparently), or a gearless CVT. As you might expect, the 5-speed manual is the onlsy way to wring out all 109 ponies. But if MPG's are more important to you than MPH's, you'll be glad to know that the CVT is capable of returning an impressive 31 city / 40 hwy / 35 combined. Of course, that comes at the expense of 'fun'.
Since this is a basic car, you're going to get some pretty basic equipment. The base 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan (the really cheap one) comes with hubcaps, rear drum brakes, crank-up windows, a 2-speaker radio, and 4 tires. ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (the car applies maximum braking force in a panic stop), front, side, and side curtain airbags come standard. As do traction and stability control. So for around $12k, you get everything that you need, and (literally) nothing you don't.
Naturally, more civilized trim levels are available on the 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan. Opting for the (more expensive) 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 SV will get you cruise control, a rear spoiler, a 4-speaker stereo, chrome exterior trim, power mirrors and windows with 1-touch auto-down on the drivers side, and low-rolling resistance tires. The Base car is designed to compete with walking, while the 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan SV is clearly designed to compete with other cars.
If you want to spend an extravagant amount of money (sarcastically speaking), you can fit your 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan with alloy wheels, Bluetooth with steering wheel audio controls, navigation, a backup camera, upgraded cloth upholstery, with a 60/40 folding seat back, and chrome interior door handles! While this may sound like a bunch of Soviet-era nonsense, the 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan isn't that bad. It's cheap, and absolutely nothing feels expensive. But the simplicity is actually quite charming. The lack of fancy equipment means there's not much in the way of curb weight, so it feels nimble, and playful to drive. And thanks to that funky roofline, there's plenty of adult-sized room on the inside. If you want basic transportation, that feels like it was engineered, not simply screwed together, then checkout the 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan. It's cheap, and maybe even a little bit cheerful too.