Making its debut at the New York Auto Show, the 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan gets a mid-cycle refresh that brings a new sense of style and more standard and optional content. What remains constant is that Nissan's top-selling subcompact continues to be most affordable new car available in America. 

Still offered in Versa S, S Plus, SV and SL trims, this front-drive 4-door gets a "Nissan family" nose job that brings it closer in visual character to its larger Sentra/Altima/Maxima siblings. An edgier fascia, new chrome-embellished grille and redrawn head and foglamps are keys to the Versa Sedan's up-front makeover while the tail tweaks are highlighted by a dramatically contoured soft cap and new lower valance panel. Restyled side mirrors and a new 15-inch alloy wheel also figure into the SV and SL remix.

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New interior

Inside, the spacious cabin gets a new and more substantial center stack similar to the one found in the Versa Note Wagon, new instrument graphics and a thicker-rimmed multifunction steering wheel with standard audio and Bluetooth Hands-free Phone controls. The S and S Plus also benefit from a number of other detail changes formerly part of the S Plus Convenience Package including upgraded upholstery fabrics and an enhanced audio system with a new AUX jack. 

Moving upline, the Versa SV Sedan adds an outside temperature display, USB/iPod controls, an upgraded fabric headliner and a map light with key-linked illuminated entry while the SL model comes with Nissan Intelligent Key/Push Button Ignition plus an AM/FM/CD/USB-iPod audio system with a 5.0-inch display and NissanConnect with Mobile Apps. It also offers a revised Technology Package with a Navigation and Mobile Apps package that includes a 5.8-inch color touchscreen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation and SiriusXM Traffic/Travel Link (SiriusXM subscription required) while offering Bluetooth streaming audio and a RearView Monitor as standalone options.

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Powertrains carry over

No changes have been made to the 2015 Versa Sedan's powertrain packaging. All versions of the car are fitted with the same 1.6-liter/109-horse 4-cylinder engine that can be backed with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic in the Versa S. The rest of the models offer a CVT automatic that features D-mode step shifting, which earns 35 mpg/40 mpg city/highway EPA ratings.

The 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan arrives in dealers next week. Pricing for the S starts at $12,800 with the range-topping Versa SL opening at $17,700.

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