On sale now, the 2014 Nissan Versa Sedan is standing its ground, remaining the least costly new car sold in America for the third consecutive year. Pricing for the 2014 version of the automaker's subcompact 4-door is being carried over from 2013, with the base Versa S still opening at $12,780 fitted with a standard 5-speed manual transmission and running $13,780 for an S with the optional 4-speed automatic. While their stickers are unchanged, even these entry-level versions benefit from lineup-wide suspension and steering tweaks while adding a tachometer and low-rolling-resistance tires to their equipment rosters. The same holds true for the $14,580 2014 Versa S Plus CVT that comes with Nissan's highly efficient Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission.

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Moving up the Versa model hierarchy brings similar changes to the two top-line offerings. Opening at $16,030, the Versa SV CVT gains a 60/40 split- folding rear seat and a trunk release on the key fob, while the $17,680 Versa SL CVT now comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a 4.3-inch display audio package, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (subscription extra) and a nicer headliner. Both SV and SL spec Versas also get revised seat cushion designs that offer added comfort and support.

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All 2014 Versa variants use the same 1.6-liter/4-cylinder engine that makes 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque. Also unchanged from 2013 are the EPA city/highway fuel economy stats for this front-drive subcompact car. They run from 26/35 mpg for the 5-speed Versa S, to 27/26 mpg on the S with 4-speed autoshifter, to 31/40 mpg on all CVT models.


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