2012 Nissan Versa SV Sedan road test: A practical appliance for the frugal car buyer

2012 Nissan Versa SV Sedan, prices and key specifications

Base price: $14,560; as tested, $15,490

Standard Comfort/Convenience accessories include air conditioning, 6-way adjustable driver’s seat,  upgraded cloth, f our-speaker audio system with auxiliary connector, power windows and door locks, cruise control and trip computer

Options:
•    Carpeted floor and trunk mats: $170

Safety features:
•    Stability control
•    Traction control
•    Antilock brakes
•    Seat belts
•    Driver, front-passenger and side-impact airbags
•    Roof-mounted side curtains
•    Rear child-seat anchors

Body style/layout: 4-door sedan; front engine/front-wheel drive

Engine
•     1.6-liter, 16-valve, four-cylinder
•    Cylinder block/head: aluminum
•    Horsepower: 109 @ 6000 rpm
•    Torque: 107 pound-feet @ 4400 rpm
•    Recommended fuel: regular unleaded
•    Fuel economy, EPA est.: 30 mpg city, 38 highway
•    Fuel economy, observed: 33 mpg

Transmission: continuously variable automatic

Chassis/Suspension
•    Suspension,  front/rear: MacPherson strut/torsion beam
•    Wheels: 15-inch steel
•    Brakes: Power-assisted front disc/rear drum
•    Steering: Electric power-assisted

Dimensions
•    Wheelbase: 102.4 in.
•    Length: 175.4 in.
•    Height: 59.6 in.
•    Width: 66.7 in.
•    Curb weight: 2,415 lbs
•    Cargo volume: 14.8  cu. ft.
•    Fuel tank: 10.8 gallons

Warranty: 3-year/36,000-mile limited new car warranty; 5-year, 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty; 3-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance