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2007 Nissan Versa

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2007 Nissan Versa Review

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Several automakers, including Nissan, foresee a comeback in entry-level compact cars—triggered largely by rising fuel prices. "For the first time in many years," said a Nissan senior marketing manager, many shoppers are "giving serious consideration" to smaller automobiles. These marketing folks detect a "void" in the sub-$14,000 price range, noting that a new generation of young people, known as "echo boomers," will reach driving age soon. Nissan promises class-leading horsepower and torque for its new entrant, the Versa hatchback, along with generous interior space. Billed as a "no-compromises" value-priced offering that reaches beyond basic amenities, the Versa is surprisingly roomy inside. A sedan is due later.

You'll Like This Car If...

Versa leads the small-car pack in spaciousness, which is worth considering if you carry passengers in the back seat. Standing tall in both dimensions and refinement, it may also tempt those who appreciate the smoothness of a CVT, which promises 36-miles per gallon highway mileage (according to EPA fuel-economy estimates).

You May Not Like This Car If...

Nissan's hatchback might not satisfy you if you need to fit three occupants into the rear, unless they're slim—a shortcoming common to entry-level compacts. If you like anti-lock braking but don't want to pay extra for it, it's an option on the Versa, not standard equipment.

What's New for 2007

Even more than the new Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit, Nissan's Versa is a small car with serious passenger space and an affordable price. Positioned above the Nissan Sentra, it's also among the first smaller cars to offer a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Driving the Versa

Driving Impressions Nissan's CVT is virtually flawless. Almost no engine noise is noticeable in ordinary driving and you hear only a tolerable light snarl during hard acceleration. Acceleration rivals conventional automatics, though...

Versa falls somewhat short on upgrades—like most smaller cars. Reacting capably on curvy roads, it feels quite confident in the corners and exhibits good stability on expressways. Although the well-controlled ride is pleasant on good surfaces, on rougher roads the occupants may feel a lot of those surface imperfections, but few are particularly troubling. Deep-set gauges are easy enough to read.

Rear-Seat Space:
Not too many larger cars are as easy to get into and out of, and as spacious for knees and feet, as the Versa. Rear-seat riders can expect real comfort, without asking to push the front seats far forward.

Continuously Variable Transmission:
Nissan has been a leader in CVT installations, which substitute a belt and twin variable-diameter pulleys for the usual gears. That effort pays off in exceptionally smooth, linear and rewarding operation—once the driver gets accustomed to the fact that no gear changes will be taking place.

2007 Nissan Versa Details
2007 Nissan Versa photo Interior

The Versa provides considerably more knee and foot space than many larger automobiles. Front and rear headroom are abundant, too. Close to "chair-height" seats assure impressive comfort, and double French seam stitching on the seats is but one indicator of careful attention to detail. The compact rear suspension results in a low, flat cargo floor, and front seats are nearly as large as a Maxima's. As in so many smaller cars, the center rear position is a hard perch.

Exterior
2007 Nissan Versa photo

Designers sought to avoid some customary small-car traits, including being boxy or bland—and they've succeeded. Taller and more upright in stance than most smaller cars, the Versa is exceptionally easy to enter. You can see at a glance that the passenger compartment takes up much of the car's length, the back doors are particularly long and the windshield is about as far forward as possible. Five-door hatchbacks excel in versatility but, like minivans, aren't popular with everyone. Some shoppers might prefer to wait for the Versa sedan.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Every Versa is equipped with seat-mounted side-impact airbags and head curtain airbags, a tire-pressure monitor, electric power steering and an engine immobilizer. The basic S model includes 15-inch steel wheels with full covers, body-colored mirrors, a cargo cover, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, 120-watt CD stereo, air conditioning and tilt steering wheel. The SL version adds a 180-watt stereo with six-CD changer, 15-inch alloy wheels, driver's height adjustment, rear center armrest, remote keyless entry and power windows, locks and mirrors.

Optional Equipment

Anti-lock braking is optional for all models. Seven option groups are offered, including a Power Package for S models. An Audio Package for hatchbacks includes a Rockford Fosgate-powered subwoofer. SL models may have a Convenience Package that adds Intelligent Key entry, Bluetooth hand-free phone operation and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio switches. An SL Sport Package includes a rear roof spoiler, side sill spoilers, front and rear chin spoilers and fog lamps. XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio may be installed in SL models and a sunroof is optional.

Under the Hood

For the U.S. market, Nissan's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine has been specially tuned for stronger low-end torque. Three transmissions are available: a six-speed manual, four-speed automatic (delayed introduction), and the Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). As production increases, the CVT is expected to oust the four-speed automatic as an alternative to a manual gearbox. In the SL trim level, a four-speed automatic will not be offered at all. The CVT incorporates a virtual Low range, for long, steep hills and heavier pulling.

1.8-liter in-line 4
122 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
127 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 30/34 (manual), 28/35 (automatic), 30/36 (CVT automatic)

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2007 Nissan Versa Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 502 Ratings for the 2007 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Love my Versa

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Roomy, dependable, affordable, cute"

Cons: "can catch the wind, interior very basic"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"my Versa currently has 200k miles on it. I've never had any issues. The only thing I've done is replace the battery and tires. I purchased it used with 46k miles on it, and I've never been happier. The only thing that keeps it from being perfect is the combo of its light weight and height makes it catch the wind on windy days."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Would buy again!

By on Sunday, May 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good value, dependable, roomy, comfortable"

Cons: "Easy to accidentally press panic button on key"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've had my 2009 Nissan Versa for 4 years now. Bought it used and have been very happy with it. The only drawback was it was a little high mileage when I bought it because it was a Fleet vehicle. But it has been very, very dependable. The Versa appears small from the outside but that is deceptive. The inside is very roomy, even for very tall people. There have been a couple of problems but not in the engine. The hubcaps all flew off within about a year and I did see that that was a problem with this model. Replaced them with cheap ones I got online and no problem, and they look just as good as the factory ones. CD player has problem with CDs sticking in it, and I wouldn't buy black again because the finish shows every little scratch. Also, the A/C blower doesn't seem to work well on low settings but fine on high. I drive it hard and long distances and have had no real mechanical problems even though there are over 90k miles on it. Good gas mileage (small tank, maybe 12 gallon, but you can get far on it). Great on wet roads, too. Very comfortable interior and good turning radius. Plan to buy another to replace it when I do!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

fun

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun, reliable, comfortable"

Cons: "economy is so, so"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This has been an excellent, peppy, and very fun car to drive with a lot of versatility. Economy has been disappointing at 28-33MPG. I am only selling because I have retired and my wife and I have no need for 3 vehicles."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Excellent price value product

By on Thursday, May 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Excellent all around"

Cons: "None. Great buy for the price."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Exceeds expectations for a small car. Convenient storage and item retrieval; comfortable passenger and driver compartment. Dashboard convenient. Pick-up surprisingly very good for a small engine. Smooth transmission shifting. Highway ride comfortable up to 90 MPH. Gas: HWY at 65 mph = 36mpg. In town driving 24.5 mph."

everything good with one complaint

By on Monday, April 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "does what it is supposed to do"

Cons: "sun roof drainage problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The car does basically what it was supposed to. Somewhat economical and reliable. We originally bought it for my wife to use to get around town. We enjoyed it so much that we have taken it on long trips that we usually use my Camry for. One major complaint I have is the sunroof drainage. Somehow they designed the car with a drain hole for the water around the sunroof instead of making the roof airtight. This drainage system clogs periodically and I have to go to my mechanic to shoot a blast of compressed air into the hole to clear the clog. Amazing"

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Good car with reservations.

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Has good pickup and handles well. Good size."

Cons: ""Bumpy" - you 'over-feel' every bump in the road."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

Nissan Versa hatchback, 2011

"Bought used, low mileage. Looks great, drives great but has a "hard ride" - i.e., every road bump is felt. Cabin storage needs more space."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Nissan Versa hatchback, 2011

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