How Much Does a $9,990 Nissan Versa Really Cost?


Good news for cash-strapped buyers: Nissan’s sub-$10,000 Versa doesn’t scrimp on the safety features that gave it top Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash-test ratings. The 107-hp car only comes as a sedan — you can build it at Nissan’s consumer website — and we’re pleased to note it still has six airbags and active head restraints.

Other shoe, now dropping: It forgoes a stereo, downsizes the wheels and adopts black plastic mirrors and door handles. It’s got crank windows and manual door locks, too – same as the entry-level trims on competitors like the Toyota Yaris and Kia Rio – while A/C is a $1,000 option. Driver adjustments are old-school: The steering wheel tilts, the chair moves only forward or back. A driver’s seat height adjustment? Cruise control? Fuggedaboudit.

A five-speed manual transmission is standard. Upgrading to the automatic costs $1,000 but first requires you to add A/C, and at that point you’re spending $12,000. Antilock brakes run an affordable $250 regardless of other options — a nice touch, considering some competitors require you to move up to higher trim levels to get ABS. Oh, and audiophiles do have some recourse: There are four speakers and stereo pre-wiring so you can throw in an aftermarket unit on the cheap.

The Versa 1.6 goes on sale later this month; more details below.

  • Versa 1.6 Base ($9,990) includes five-speed manual transmission, 14-inch wheels, manual mirrors/locks/windows, power steering, four-way adjustable cloth seats, six airbags, active head restraints
  • Versa 1.6 ($10,990) adds A/C; four-speed automatic adds $1,000
  • ABS package (antilock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist) adds $250
  • Destination charge is $695

Total out the door with A/C, automatic transmission and ABS: $12,935.

By Kelsey Mays | November 6, 2008 | Comments (7)



i think i'd rather get a used hyundai for $10k that the barebones no a/c $10k versa


So can you compare this with the 1.8 (that is next model correct?) and some of the other "cheap" competition?

Amuro Ray

I can even get a used early 90's Q45 for 1/3 of that price!

You can compare a "used" vehicle to a brand new one, Ken. It's used. PERIOD! You don't know what kind of condition it went thru' before. This is a brand spanking new vehicle.

Compare to 1.8, which I have, this is indeed a bargain for those who drive sticks and live in the North. Many 1.8 owners dislike the factory stereo even though it's iPod compatible. Like D.T. said, throw in an aftermarket, and that's like a couple of hundred dollars for good brands. If it's me, I'll get the stick + ABS. Yup, that's it. Again, I know a lot of people who don't BELIEVE in air conditioning, esp. among our senior citizens. Ever wonder why there are so many of them in Florida?

I would say, sans power doors/windows + 1 gear (1.8 S stick has 6 speeds), plus the stereo & A/C mentioned, these are the major differences. (Minor ones are body colored mirrors, better sun visor, 14" wheels here vs 15" wheels, etc.)

Amuro Ray

Sorry, I meant,

"you CAN'T compare a 'used' vehicle...'

A long day for me today.

Many Americans want low cost, fuel efficient cars.

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I've yet to actually find a base Versa in Central Florida priced at what Nissan say's. Every single dealer is putting in mats, splash guards and other options all the cars are automatic? I was told my Jenkins Nissan that they can't afford to sell the base models and there are only 2 1.8 models in all of Florida with stick and ABS? I shouldn't have to accept an auto if I don't want one and shouldn't be forced to pay more than what Nissan says should be paid?

I think I'll keep the 11 year old car I'm driving if this is what's on offer now.

nissan ran the adds in calif. for versa 1.6 standerd trans for $9990 but hade none in calif.

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