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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 513 Ratings for the 2007 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Versa is a GREAT Car

By on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable & comfortable"

Cons: "There aren't any cons."

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

2007 Nissan Versa Sedan

"Don't know as we'll EVER need another car. Great gas mileage, oil changes every 3-4,000 miles. Interior still looks new. This is the most comfortable car we've ever owned. Plenty of legroom for tall people in the rear!! Large amount of trunk space for traveling. Overall just a great little car. We'd highly recommend a VERSA."

2007 Nissan Versa Sedan

Reliable

By on Saturday, February 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 109,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

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

"I have had this car for maybe 4 years and it is reliable and a major gas saver. I have taken it on long trips with no issues. The only things that have gone bad are things that go bad in all cars when car gets high miles (such as serp belt, battery, muffler). If I could afford a new one I would buy a new one. THese are great little cars"

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

practical and reliable transportation

By on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great ride and very reliable"

Cons: "little engine noise"

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

"I had this vehicle with 12000k second owner. very sharp and reliable now has 70000 miles engine is 1.8 Liter, gas consumption is about 30-32 miles/gallon. comfortable ride very powerful and responsive for a small car. It has good head and foot room and comfortably rides 4."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

it is a good, economic and reliable car

By on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: i WAS NOT ABLE TO USE IT

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

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

"Yes of course I would recommend the Nissan Versa, and the reason why I want to sell the car its because I am 91 years old, and just had hip surgery, so whats the use of keepin it"

8 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Nice compact car except for....

By on Friday, September 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Good mileage, great price, compact but roomy"

Cons: "Exhaust pipe rusts fast, basic radio system"

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

"Great 2008 car EXCEPT had to replace exhaust pipe/resonator/gaskets 3 times since I have had it, since 2009!! It rusts very fast, Nissan did a bad job of ensuring the moisture was take out of exhaust."

14 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Best subcompact ever

By on Thursday, August 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

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
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great on gas, lots of legroom"

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

"Love my Versa- have had it for 7 years. Interior roomy, trunk is huge, back seat roomy, can put 2 car seats in back and squeeze a thin person in between! Car handles really well, getting over 30 mpg city and more on highway! Minor inconvenience, when a/c is on, the engine loses some pep on acceleration, so I just shut a/c off when going up big hills or entering high speed highway. Once at speed, a/c goes back on and its fine. This car was relatively inexpensive and a great value for the money, a real workhorse, steady and reliable. I would and do recommend it to people looking in this price range."

18 people out of 32 found this review helpful

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