Auto Review: 2010 Nissan Versa 1.8 S

The 2010 Nissan Versa 1.8 S comes in a sleek-styled hatchback or the more city-oriented sedan. Take your pick. Either way you get a fabulous ride.

The drivetrain consists of a front wheel drive 6-speed manual transmission, however, you do have the option of having a 4-speed automatic transmission installed instead. The 6-speed manual and FWD coupled with an independent strut suspension and stabilizer bar on the front makes for a smooth ride. In the rear you get torsion beam suspension and integrated stabilizer bar. Perfect combination.

To add to the comfort, the ripple-control shock absorbers and vehicle speed sensitive electric power steering give you better control and handling.

The manual transmission delivers 24 mpg for city driving and 31 on the highway. If you opt for the automatic drive then the numbers are 26 and 32.

The hatchback comes with 60/40 split fold-down rear seat backs, which you don’t get with the sedan, but either way it’s a comfortable interior with suede/tricot cloth seat trim and 4-way manual seats for both the driver and the front passenger. The driver also has a tilt steering column and all the passengers have cup holders.

Both vehicles have a 13.2 gallon gas tank, but if you want added cargo space then the 2010 Nissan Versa 1.8 S hatchback is your car. The sedan has 13.8 cubic feet of space, but the hatchback has 17.8 cubic feet with the rear seats up and a whopping 50.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats down. It’s a great family travel vehicle as it looks good driving down the road and makes for a comfortable ride all around. If you plan to do a lot of vacationing then go for the automatic transmission with that extra gas mileage on the highway.

For security, both vehicles come with the Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System. And both engines come with the Nissan Direct Ignition System.

The safety features for both the 2010 Nissan Versa 1.8 S hatchback and sedan version are right in line with contemporary auto manufacturing as well. You get Vehicle Dynamic Control and traction control. You also get a LATCH system for children and rear child safety door locks. Then there’s the Tire Pressure Monitoring System and the energy absorbing steering column.

Both front seats come with side impact air bags. There’s also a roof-mounted curtain side impact air bag for both front seaters and rear seat outboard occupant head protection. There’s also the standard Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors. These safety features come on both the sedan and the hatchback.

For more information on specs and individual options, check out the Nissan website.

The price is just as attractive as the vehicle itself. MSRP is just over $13,000. When you’re in the market for a good family car, try the 2010 Nissan Versa 1.8 S.