2013 Nissan Versa is pricier but more frugal

Time has come for Nissan to announce pricing details of its entry-level Versa Sedan model which made its debut in the United States in 2011. For the new model year, Nissan has decided to increase the price tag of the vehicle for all trim levels, with the standard Versa S beginning from $11,990, without taking into account the $790 destination charge. This makes it a full $1,000 more expensive than the model it replaces, but even so Nissan mentions that the 2013 Versa Sedan has the lowest starting MSRP in the United States for a vehicle in this segment. The price tag mentioned is available for the model equipped with a five-speed manual transmission.

The Versa Sedan range has grown for the 2013MY as now there is a brand new 1.6 AT version that has a four-speed automatic gearbox that allows the vehicle to return 26 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in the combined cycle. As a reminder, the previous model was sold only with either a five-speed manual or an Xtronic CVT.

In addition, Nissan has added the S Plus trim grade that comes with the aforementioned Xtronic CVT, along with additional goodies such as silver steering wheel accents, cruise control and two more rear speakers in comparison to the base S model. The versions with the CVT can return 40 mpg on the highway (2 mpg more than before) due to a new air intake guide, low-rolling resistance tires and different underbody air deflectors, rear wheel and rear spoiler.

All models are powered by a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder HR16DE gasoline engine that produces 109 hp and has a maximum torque of 107 lb-ft.

Source: Nissan

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