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2009 Nissan Versa Sedan

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2009 Nissan Versa Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Nissan Versa Sedan

Nissan's 2009 Versa remains one of the most spacious sub-compacts available today, with the hatchback boasting 17.8 cubic feet of luggage space behind the standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seat and a very generous 50.4 cubic feet when configured in full cargo mode. The available 1.8L engine (S and SL editions) is more powerful than its competitors', and the Versa offers a roomier cabin and more head and legroom than many in its segment. Despite having a very low cost of entry, the Versa's S and SL editions come well equipped with air conditioning, 6 front and side air bags, and a CD player. The new 1.6 edition is a new value leader, bringing Nissan quality and design to the least expensive vehicle sold in the United States.

What's new for 2009?

For 2009, Nissan adds 2 more trim levels to their Versa Lineup. Rather than add more options and luxury, and increase the price, they simplified the lineup to match customers' tighter budgets. With a starting price of $9,900, the new 1.6L Base model Versa is the least expensive vehicle sold in America.

Model Strengths

  • Low price
  • good fuel economy
  • spacious interior
  • strongest engine in class
  • excellent NHTSA crash test results.

Model Review

The Versa is Nissan's entry-level model, slotted below the Sentra. It offers energy, budget and safety-conscious consumers inexpensive entry into one of the safest and smartest small cars on the market.

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If you want to know why the Asian car companies have outperformed their U.S. rivals, one good place to take a look is in the subcompact market. While the U.S. companies have scant offerings, the Asian brands have a number of great selections, including the 2009 Nissan Versa.

The Versa, available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, debuted in 2006 and immediately posted impressive sales numbers because it is inexpensive, incredibly thrifty on gas and practical.

Sure, it might not have the most sophisticated styling or offer exhilarating on-road performance, but a lot of people aren't too concerned with those things. They want a car that is reliable and won't cost an arm and a leg to operate.

Plus the Versa, along with its key rivals the Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit, have surprisingly roomy interiors that actual-size adults can fit into comfortably. Both the Versa sedan, which we drove, and hatchback have two trim levels: S and SL.

Our sedan was an S, which came standard with cloth upholstery, air conditioning and a six-speed manual transmission. Options offered are a power package (windows, door locks and remote keyless entry) for $700, cruise control for $200 and a four-speed automatic transmission for $1,000. Our base model was so base that it lacked bass - there was no radio, so add a few extra dollars for that. Or you could just bring your iPod. Or sing.

With the SL, you get premium woven seat fabric, front and rear center armrests, the power package, cruise control, stereo with six-CD changer and MP3 capability and split folding rear seats. The six-speed manual remains the standard tranny in the SL, with automatic optional. There are other options, too, such as moonroof, Bluetooth connectivity and premium sound system.

But this car is all about convenience and value. It handles and parks easily and has adequate power for highway driving.

The ride might not be buttery smooth, but it is certainly tolerable. And you won't have to make many stops at the pump; our manual transmission model gets EPA ratings of 27 mpg city, 33 highway. The numbers are 25 and 31 with the automatic.

The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine gives you enough oomph to merge onto a busy freeway, and while it's not the quietest thing on the road, the engine noise isn't terribly intrusive.

When it comes to safety, the Versa scores highly, getting five stars in government crash tests and receiving a rating of "good" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

There are dual-stage frontal air bags, front-seat side-impact air bags, roof-mounted curtain air bags and a tire-pressure monitoring system. The interior design isn't anything particularly eye-catching, but it is practical and there are quality materials used throughout. So just because this is an economy car, you don't have to put up with chintzy stuff.

The Versa is a little bigger than the aforementioned Yaris and Fit, so it might offer more comfort and versatility than those two, plus it's less expensive than the Fit. The Versa S sedan we drove came with a sticker price just under $13,000. If you bump up to the SL sedan or hatchback, and throw on several options you can still be in the $16,000-$17,000 range. That kind of value is hard to beat.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

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Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty. Only Nissan models less than 6 years old and under 80,000 miles qualify for the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program. The CARFAX® Vehicle History Report ensures your vehicle has a clean title history.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer & less than 80,000 miles.
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 167 point comprehensive Certified Pre-Owned Inspection and reconditioning. Inspection includes OEM service bulletins and recalls, diagnostic trouble codes, powertrain/chassis, body frame, road test, interior and body exterior.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes for the duration of the 7 year/100,000 mile limited warranty from the original in-service date of the vehicle.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty No/Yes with the purchase of the CPO Wrap Coverage at time of sale. Fee to transfer is estimated to be $50
Warranty Deductible $50 per claim

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