We examined Nissan’s new Sentra in late 2017. It was stylish and reasonably priced for small sedans, albeit a little boring to drive. As it turns out, Nissan has a better—and even more affordable—option for you if you’re looking for a new car that won’t break the bank. The third-generation Versa is a subcompact car with a starting price of about $14,730. In 2020, a fully loaded Versa SR, like the one we drove for a week, will still fall under the $20,000 mark, making it an incredibly terrific deal.
I must admit that initially I found it difficult to comprehend why Nissan would invest the money to create both the Versa and the Sentra. The V-motion grille and the floating C-pillar are just two of the many design elements that the two sedans have in common at first glance. But because it’s Nissan’s entry-level model, the car is also the smallest in its lineup. In comparison to the preceding Versa, this model is larger, measuring 177 inches (4,496 mm) long, 68.5 inches (1,740 mm) broad, and having a three-inch shorter wheelbase (103.1 inches/2,619 mm).
However, it is not as tall as the previous Versa. The actual height varies depending on the trim level; the SR stands somewhat taller than the S and SV trims, which stand at 57.3 inches (1,455mm), and is just less than two inches (51mm) shorter than the previous model, giving it much better proportions. Although styling is usually a matter of opinion, to this observer, the automobile doesn’t appear too bad, with some distinct creases on the body panels. Nissan has undoubtedly succeeded in making its sedan lineup appear like a unitary family, which is something that not every OEM can say.
An entry-level car shouldn’t have a fire-breathing engine, and the Versa doesn’t have one. A 1.6L naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder and variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust valves, it produces 122hp (91kW) and 114lb-ft (155Nm). If you choose the least expensive Versa S, the engine drives the front wheels either through a continuously variable transmission (D-step Xtronic in Nissan-speak) or a reliable five-speed manual. With a total 35mpg (6.7L/100km) for the CVT, which gets 32mpg (7.4L/100km) in the city and 40mpg (5.9L/100km) on the highway, it is also quite economical. This decreases to 30 mpg (7.8 l/100 km) mixed, 27 mpg (8.7 l/100 km) city, and 35 mpg on the highway if you decide to row your own gears. Those CVT stats mirrored our experiences over the course of a week with the vehicle.
Why (nearly) no one buys the cheapest automobiles
Good luck locating the $12,780 2014 Nissan Versa sedan, which went on sale Tuesday as the cheapest new vehicle in America. The cheapest model is practically never in stock at dealers.
Customers claim that because the lower version isn’t offered for sale, no one purchases it. The so-called “take rate” for the cheapest variant of any model, according to the auto industry, ranges from 2% to 5%.
For instance, the base model of the new Versa features a manual transmission. Nowadays, few people can or want to drive a stick-shift. A typical four-speed automatic costs an extra $1,000.
That one has a CVT (continuously variable-ratio automatic transmission), which has a commendable highway fuel economy rating of 40 mpg. The S Plus CVT variant has the lowest beginning price, starting at $14,580 with shipping.
Suddenly, you’re approaching $15,000 instead of driving a chops-licking, under $13,000 new automobile.
At this time, customers frequently begin considering nicely equipped, gently used cars rather than new ones.
Naturally, even slightly more expensive models make more money, so automakers and dealers want to produce them and keep them in stock.
Even among individuals who declare they “only want basic mobility,” bare-bones cars are simply not that appealing in addition to being difficult to find. A radio, power windows, or air conditioning are frequently considered to be “basic.”
When compared to manually cranking the passenger-side window while sitting in the driver’s seat, power windows seem like a luxury.
Transaction price is all-in, out the door, which means it includes factory rebates, shipping costs, dealer discounts, taxes, and license fees.
Inexpensive to acquire also frequently isn’t cheap to own. When it comes time to trade in, the difference between the value of what you have and what you want is usually rather large because a cheap automobile generally depreciates more quickly than a more costly one. The biggest expense associated with owning a car is depreciation, which is sometimes disregarded because it doesn’t occur until years after you purchase the vehicle.
Why is the Nissan Altima so inexpensive?
Nissan has been producing the Altimas in large quantities, which has significantly reduced the cost of production. Naturally, they can afford to sell these cars at reduced prices now that the price of raw materials has drastically decreased. Additionally, the value of these cars depreciates by 50% in the first five years of ownership. It is understandable why there are so many affordable used models available.
Why is Nissan so well-known?
There are numerous factors to consider as to why Nissan is one of the most well-liked car brands in America. Never one to blend in, Nissan offers arguably the most distinctive and varied portfolio available, and its dedication to its causes, customers, and innovation is unmatched.
You’re probably gazing at a Nissan if you see a car on the road and think, “Wow, that’s very distinctive and cool.” Although it’s no longer in production, the iconic Cube is still frequently spotted on the road. It’s a cute little crossover that seems like it would fit in the wild and is known as the JUKE. Even Nissan’s all-electric LEAF has a distinctive appearance from other hatchbacks on the market.
Nissan automobiles also come in a large range. If you desire it, Nissan has it: electric, sports cars, trucks, minivans, sedans, hatchbacks. Nissan is the brand to choose if you want a car that sticks out because of its distinctive styling.
But style isn’t everything. As one of the first automakers to introduce an all-electric vehicle, Nissan has a reputation for being environmentally conscious. The company also continually looks for ways to cut back on fuel use and emissions from moving vehicles. Nissan boasts a ton of cutting-edge technology, such as the novel NissanConnect system. Nissan even aspires to commercially release driverless vehicles in the next years.
Nissans are they expensive to fix?
According to RepairPal, Nissan customers spend $150 less than the typical motorist on car maintenance. The average yearly maintenance expense for a Nissan is $500, compared to $652 for the entire industry.
The Nissan new car warranty that comes with every new Nissan is valid for the first necessary auto maintenance appointment for 2019 models. It offers a multi-point check, an oil change, and tire rotation.
When compared to the average maintenance cost of all automobiles, the Nissan Altima’s average yearly repair cost of $483 makes it affordable to maintain and repair. According to RepairPal, the average yearly maintenance expense for a Nissan Altima is $169 less than the average expense for all automobile types.
The least expensive to maintain vehicles tend to be the most dependable. According to RepairPal’s most recent Reliability Rating, Honda, Acura, Kia, Hyundai, and Mazda are the top five most dependable automobiles. Nissan placed ninth out of the 32 brands considered.
What is Nissan’s primary issue?
Transmission-related issues account for the bulk of typical Nissan troubles. Nevertheless, you should continue to watch out for other common Nissan issues like engine failure, broken interior parts, and steering system issues. A
Nissan is regarded for producing some of the most dependable subcompact automobiles on the market. Nissan owners who follow their maintenance routine religiously can anticipate their vehicles lasting for many years. However, the frequency and expense of necessary repairs raise concerns about the brand’s general dependability. A
Drivers may reasonably be reluctant to take Nissan at its word when it guarantees reliable autos given the company’s recent history of scandals, litigation, and exposed deceptions.
One of the reasons why it’s crucial for Nissan owners to get knowledgeable about the typical issues that their cars could encounter is because of this.
Why has Nissan’s fortunes declined?
At a time when vehicle sales are at almost record highs, the United States, its second-most important market after China, saw sales decrease 11% in 2019. Analysts and business leaders blame Ghosn heavily for Nissan’s problems.
How does Nissan compare to Toyota?
Are Nissan vehicles reliable? Nissans are nice vehicles, but Toyotas are superior. Without a doubt, Toyota outperforms the other brand in almost every aspect. The only benefit of purchasing a Nissan is that you can typically find a used Nissan for a little bit less money than a comparable Toyota because Nissans don’t have extremely high resale values.
Which Nissan vehicle is the best?
- Nissan Pathfinder 2023 Overview. There are 5 trim options available for the 7-seat Nissan Pathfinder.
- Overview of the 2022 Nissan Altima.
- Overview of the 2022 Nissan Armada.
- Nissan Rogue 2023 Overview.
- Overview of the 2022 Nissan Frontier.
- Nissan Versa 2022 Overview
- Nissan Sentra, model year 2022.
Are Nissan vehicles of high quality?
Nissan’s Automotive Reputation The only other well-known automakers after Toyota and Honda are Nissan. All three Japanese manufacturers are renowned for their durability, affordability, and dependability.
Is Nissan more dependable than Hyundai?
America’s Best Warranty is offered with every new Hyundai. In fact, Hyundai customers receive nearly twice the warranty protection than Nissan provides. They have that much faith in their cars. You should believe them for this reason as well.
Is Nissan superior than Kia?
In terms of quality, Kia clearly outperforms Nissan. Kia came in third place, only behind Lexus and Porsche, in the 2021 J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability study. Kia is in fairly excellent company, in our opinion. Nissan, on the other hand, came in below the sector average of 121 issues per 100 brand-new cars, with an average of 128. In contrast, Kia claims to have just 97 issues for every 100 vehicles. That places Kia ahead of luxury manufacturers like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz as well as Nissan. The Kia Sportage was named the best small SUV in the survey, and the Kia Sorento was named the best midsize SUV. In fact, Kia came out on top in two distinct sectors.
Is maintaining a Nissan challenging?
According to AAA, a car that is driven at least 15,000 miles annually has an average maintenance cost of $0.64 per mile. That works up to about $9,600 in annual maintenance costs. Nissan is among the least expensive car brands to maintain, along with Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota, according to RepairPal’s estimate of yearly maintenance and repair expenditures of about $500.
Despite the initial expense, routine maintenance can actually help you save money because well maintained vehicle parts live longer. The likelihood of failures and costly auto repairs can be significantly decreased with this type of maintenance. In the case of tires, a blowout could even be saving your life from a potentially fatal collision.
Your eligibility for any warranties you may have, including any manufacturer guarantees, breakdown protection provided by a vehicle service contract, or extended warranties, will also be maintained by maintaining a regular maintenance plan. On the other side, skipping planned maintenance would probably void the warranty, forcing you to pay upfront fees the next time you need to have your vehicle repaired.
A vehicle protection plan, such as those provided by Endurance, can enable you to make annual savings on both your planned maintenance schedule and unplanned repairs. In addition to providing outstanding mechanical component coverage, EnduranceAdvantageTM also covers up to $3,500 in annual general maintenance expenses. You only need to bring your car to a certified repair facility in the event of an unplanned breakdown, provide your Endurance contract’s documentation to the service manager, and we’ll handle the rest.