With the economy the way it is, and gas prices being so high, it seems that compact sedans are more popular than ever. Never one to deny the voice of the people, Nissan has recently unveiled its 2012 Nissan Versa. While it may, at first look, seem to be quite similar to previous models, the manufacturer has promised that the tweaks and revisions they’ve made to the 2012 Versa have increased fuel economy, cabin space and trunk space. While the Versa is a nice looking ride at an affordable price, there is more to this sedan than meets the eye.
The Nissan Versa 2012 model is drastically different from models of previous years. On the outside it seems that the Versa 2012 has lost about an inch to it’s over all length and height. Nissan has said that these small changes should help increase fuel efficiency by cutting down on drag. This is most likely true as the 2012 Versa gets an impressive 33 miles per gallon. While this may not seem like much when compared to a car like the Prius, the price of the new Versa means that you could possibly get two Versas instead of one Prius. The low cost is meant to cash in on the need for an affordable and efficient car in this day of economic worry.
Nissan has added a few visual improvements to the overall styling of its Versa 2012 models. Starting at the front we have a redesigned grill. This front end is more reminiscent of larger sedans such as the Altima. The Nissan Versa 2012 also has redesigned front headlights which are now more oval, and slightly more stylish than previous models. The main segments of the body design on the 2012 Versa is broken up by a number of creased lines which reminds us of other contemporary designs. The rear windshield on previous Versas was much steeper but the Versa 2012 model has a roof that slopes down gently with a less severe angle on the rear windshield ending in reshaped rear tail lights. Nissan has told us that this redesign of the Nissan Versa 2012 models has given it a respectable 0.31 drag coefficient.
On the inside of the 2012 Versa we find a cabin that offers significantly more leg room than a BMW or Mercedes. Part of this can be attributed to Nissan’s goal of creating a modern and affordable car that takes into account the practical uses of its real world customers. The new cabin offers plenty of room in both the front and back seats for full sized adults. The spacious rear seats, coupled with the larger trunk space means that this is an ideal solution for people with growing families. The seats themselves have been redesigned as well and are much more comfortable than previous models. The dashboard on the Nissan Versa 2012 models has been redesigned with smoother, more contoured and stylish lines than what was found in previous models and sports a new dual gauge instrument panel. The steeling has also been redesigned and the colors have been retooled to offer a more luxurious feel for this affordable sedan.
On the technical side we find a few more changes as well. The 2012 Nissan Versa is being branded with Nissan’s “Pure Drive” efficiency label to help reinforce the idea that this truly is a very fuel efficient car. At an impressive 33 miles per gallon, this car is being aimed at economy conscious car buyers who don’t want to sacrifice comfort, style and drivability for affordability and fuel efficiency. The 2012 Versa is coming packed with a new engine that is a whopping 150 pounds lighter than what was found in previous models. The lighter weight of the 1.6 liter DOHC four-cylinder engine is part of what makes this new car so fuel efficient. In addition to the lighter engine, the overall weight of the Versa 2012 models is much less than previous models. All of this tells us that Nissan is as concerned about the price of gas as any of us. Nissan has assured us that the Nissan Versa 2012 models are a total driving package with everything that you would expect form a modern vehicle and even offers buyers a number of different package upgrades as well.
The one thought that is on any car buyer’s mind right now is the price of gas. While we were once able to drive free without ever worrying about how much gas we burned, times have changed. The 2012 Nissan Versa has been unveiled as an answer to this constant worry and promises us significant savings at the pump. The overall look and design of the 2012 Versa does nothing to give away the fact that this is a very inexpensive and affordable car, designed with enough room for a growing family. The 2012 Nissan Versa is a great option in the field of affordable, fuel efficient sedans.