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2009 Nissan Versa SL Review


Compact City Car

A three-quarter rear view of a blue 2009 Nissan Versa
In short: A fuel-efficient compact hatchback.

his cute subcompact packs in a lot of value in its pint-sized frame. Featuring a 1.8-liter inline-4 and continuously variable transmission, the Versa SL offers decent performance and great gas mileage at an affordable price. Commuters will also appreciate the SL's tricked-out interior, which comes fitted with Bluetooth, iPod integration, and plush seats to make a long drive home from the office more enjoyable.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Base Price: $16,210

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 5-door hatchback

Engine: 1.8-liter, 16-valve DOHC 4-cylinder with Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS)
Horsepower: 122 hp @ 5,200 rpm
Torque: 127 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission: Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)

Curb weight: 2,758 lbs
Wheelbase: 102.4 in
Length/Width/Height: 169.1/66.7/60.4 in

Brakes: vented disc in front, drum in rear, ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: independent strut with stabilizer bar in front, torsion beam with integrated stabilizer bar in rear, ripple-control shock absorbers

0-60 mph: 9.2 seconds

EPA City: 27 mpg
EPA Highway: 33 mpg

Safety: dual-stage front airbags with seatbelt and occupant-classification sensors; driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags; roof-mounted curtain side-impact airbags for front and rear-seat; front-seat active head restraints; Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones; energy-absorbing steering column; pipe-strength side-door guard beams; hood buckling creases and safety stops; tire pressure monitoring system


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(Updated 07/12/10 NW)

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