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America's Cheapest Car Stays Cheap, Adds Equipment

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On: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 1:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

America's Cheapest Car Stays Cheap, Adds Equipment

The Nissan Versa Sedan, the cheapest new car available in the US, is getting a little sweeter next year. Not only will its price not increase a dollar, but it will come with a few new goodies.

CNN Money ranked the $12,000 Versa its cheapest new car in America in February, and Nissan calls it "America's best-selling entry sedan." While vehicles tend to increase in price from one model year to the next, the Versa should keep its "cheapest car" title in 2014. Nissan launched the 2014 Versa last week, announcing that the 2014 model will start at the exact same $11,990 ($12,780 after US destination charge) as the 2013 model. Nissan says that it is offering the lowest starting MSRP in the United States for the third straight year, though there's always the off chance that a competitor could undercut it because there are still plenty of 2014 models that have yet to launch.

The 2014 Versa Sedan actually gets cheaper when you consider its overall value. Not only does it beat inflation by keeping the same sticker price, but it offers more for less. The $11,990 base "S" model now comes standard with a tachometer and low rolling resistance tires. Higher level models also get some model-year upgrades, including a key fob release trunk, improved seat cushioning, and 60/40-split fold-down rear seats on the $15,240 SV version, and 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, tri-cot headliner, improved seat cushioning, 4.3-inch display audio, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio on the $16,890 SL trim. All prices are before the $790 US destination charge. Packages like the SV Convenience Package and SL Tech Package enjoy upgraded content, including NissanConectSM with Navigation in the latter.

Not only will the Versa save you money at the dealership, it will save you money at the gas station. When equipped with the available Xtronic CVT transmission, the Versa boasts 40 mpg highway and 31 mpg city, combining to 35 mpg. The five-speed manual (27/36/30 mpg) and four-speed automatic (26/35/30 mpg) also offer good fuel economy ratings.

Nissan boasts about the Versa's interior, including its mid-size-like passenger legroom, but not everyone is in agreement. In the aforementioned CNN Money list, the author mentioned the positives of the roomy interior on the 2013 Versa but opined that the look and feel is substandard compared with past Versa models.

The Versa is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with dual fuel injector system, 109 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque. It is rolling into Nissan dealerships now.

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