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2009 Nissan Versa

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2009 Nissan Versa Review

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An unstable oil market and yo-yoing gas prices have led to a comeback in entry-level compact cars, and the 2009 Nissan Versa is perfectly positioned to take full advantage of the situation. "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. Billed as a "no-compromise" value-priced offering that reaches beyond basic amenities, the Versa offers class-leading horsepower and torque, along with a host of unique features and generous interior space.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2009 Nissan 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 33 miles per gallon on the highway (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 full-size occupants into the rear, but that's common for 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 2009

No major changes for 2009.

Driving the Versa
Driving Impressions

Nissan's Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is as smooth as they come. Almost no engine noise is noticeable in ordinary driving and you hear only a tolerable light snarl during...

... hard acceleration. The Versa's acceleration rivals that of competitors with conventional automatics, although, like most small cars, it's not particularly quick going up hills. 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 surface imperfections, but few will be particularly troubling. The instrument panel has deep-set gauges that are easy 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 too far forward.

Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT):
Nissan has been a leader in CVT installations, which substitute a belt and twin variable-diameter pulleys for the usual gears. The result is exceptionally smooth, linear and rewarding operation – once the driver gets accustomed to the fact that no gear changes will be taking place.

2009 Nissan Versa Details
2009 Nissan Versa photo Interior

The Versa provides considerably more knee and foot space than many larger automobiles, and front and rear headroom are also abundant. Seats that are close to "chair-height" give impressive comfort, and double French-seam stitching on the upholstery is but one indicator of careful attention to detail. The compact rear suspension results in a low, flat cargo floor, and the front seats are nearly as large as a Maxima's. As in so many smaller cars, the center rear seating position is not the most comfortable.

Exterior

The tidy Versa succeeds at not being boxy or bland. Taller and more upright in stance than most small 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 may not be popular with everyone. Some shoppers might prefer the Versa sedan.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Every 2009 Nissan Versa is equipped with seat- and roof-mounted curtain side-impact airbags, a tire-pressure monitor system, electric power steering and an engine immobilizer. The basic S model includes 15-inch steel wheels with full covers, power body-colored mirrors, a cargo cover (hatchback only), 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, six-way manual driver's seat, rear center armrest, remote keyless entry and power windows and locks.

Optional Equipment

Anti-lock braking (ABS) is optional for all models. A total of six option groups are divided between the two trims. A Power Package and cruise control are available on the S models, while an Audio Package for SL hatchbacks includes a Rockford Fosgate-powered subwoofer. SL models can also be equipped with a Convenience Package that adds Intelligent Key entry, Bluetooth hand-free phone operation and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio switches. The Sport Package includes a rear roof spoiler, side-sill extensions, front and rear chin spoilers and fog lights. XM Satellite Radio and an iPod interface hook up are available on both trims, while the SL alone can be equipped with a power moonroof.

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 and the Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Available only on the SL trim, 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: 26/31 (manual), 24/32 (automatic), 27/33 (CVT automatic)

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2009 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."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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"

7 people out of 14 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."

4 people out of 4 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"

9 people out of 17 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."

15 people out of 20 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."

19 people out of 33 found this review helpful

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