Wednesday, April 20, 2011

2012 Nissan Versa





I had some hope for this after seeing the overseas Tiida Hatchback version.
But this sedan is horrible. In so many ways.
The interior is ghastly to say the least.

Looks like the Versa will retain its "Ugliest car in the US market" crown for a while.

I am sure more upscale versions of the hatchback are better. But the one picture here is horrible.
Even for the $11 000 asking price.

The smaller 1.6 liter engine gets 30MPG in the city, but only 37 on the highway. Which is less than larger cars like the Elantra or Focus.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Agree with your comments, Vince. This "new" car looks like a '90s car from China inside and out. Honestly, there is no way it could be worse. Even Honda with its stuck-in-the-mud styling has this beat by at least a decade.

Rust_eat_my_Mazda3 said...

300MPG!?! It's may be ugly but is even better than the Volt!! ;-)

JPN said...

Well, it gained a decade. The "old" Versa looked like a car from the 80's... Anyway, what is going on at Nissan? Have they looked at the competion lately? Or is this the Logan from Nissan?

Anonymous said...

Hahaaa. Droopy diapers

Anonymous said...

I like the outside... alot. And, with the inside, what can you expect for under 11 grand?

Januarius said...

Truly horrid I agree. however for 11,000 show me a better car

Kaarman said...

Nissan will be keeping the poor looking so with this turd.

Anonymous said...

At 300MPG, copies of this baby are going to be flying off the shelves, bad looks or not!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that interior looks cheap. Like a early 1990 Toyota.

Anonymous said...

Astonishing. And not in a good way.

Anonymous said...

Ugly.

Anonymous said...

Okay.

Wow. After seeing the Tiida, I was super-geeked about the unveiling of the new Versa. Now I'm crestfallen.

Anonymous said...

Yea it's ugly; but Corolla and (2012 Civic) are worse. On the other hand, the only thing that really counts in this class is a super-low price. Expectations are pretty low.

Anonymous said...

With a few exceptions, it looks like the era of the Japanese dominating the automotive landscape is coming to an end. The Koreans (Hyunda/Kia) and some of the new U.S. products are KILLING them.

And in the higher end, Lexus has slipped badly, while Infiniti and Acura don't seem to be winning over a lot of new customers beyond the ones they already had.

And it's happening in electronics, too. Samsung TV's (Korean) are selling far better than Sony and Panasonic these days.

What is Japan thinking??

Anonymous said...

I kow it's cheap, it looks it. Looking cheap isn;t that bad, ask any female celebrity, but...looking cheap doesn't mean it HAS TO BE UGLY.

Nissan could have designed a nice 3-box style body ala Datsun 510 and would be much nicer looking than this.

LOL @ Droopy Diapers.


The Hatch tho is SWEET!!!

Anonymous said...

It reminds me of the pre-2004 Prius.

Anonymous said...

"Januarius said...
Truly horrid I agree. however for 11,000 show me a better car

April 20, 2011 1:51 PM"

The current Accent is better than this, and I'd still rather have it.

Anonymous said...

Note to Nissan, small cheap cars don't have to be ugly. Check out the Kia Rio a few images below. I just don't get it, good design does not cost more!

Anonymous said...

But see the thing is, it does not matter what you guys say, because first thing none of you are about to buy this thing, and people who are in the market to buy this thing would care less about what you guys think about it, because you are not paying for it!

Dimce said...

is that hard for them to import Logan to US??? they are embarrassing themselves by making new design branded as "Nissan" ... not good :)

Robert said...

Meet your new compact Rental Car!

Anonymous said...

The Nissan Sunny has returned to the U.S. just not as a Sentra. That's what this new Versa Sedan really is, a Sunny. I sure hope Nissan is smart and brings over the new Tiida hatchback as the next Versa Hatchback. The new Tiida is a beauty, the new Sunny/Versa Sedan is not.

Anonymous said...

I don't think the exterior looks all that bad, but good God that interior is awful. It looks like something out of a 90's GM product.

FuioptimaSX said...

Those tiny clown car wheels/tires scare me to DEATH!

Nissan needs th throw in the towel and forget about this model....or at least the sedan. I see more Versa hatches around anyway...

Anonymous said...

That interior might be on par with the current Aveo, and that is one of the worst things you can say about a vehicle.

It is definitely a step backwards.

Anonymous said...

Thankfully the new Versa hatchback is a different car and quite nice as well!

Anonymous said...

The interior is somewhat average and the exterior looks like the first Toyota Prius (including the small wheels). But it will sell as it's not a bad car for 11k USD.

Let's hope for the US the Micra/March (as the hatch version of the Sunny aka Versa) will be sold in the US as a more stylish alternative. I think it's realistic as the March is on sale in Mexico.

The new Tiida looks like a car of the segment above. Maybe a replacement for the Sentra.

This works! said...

The versa is the #1 selling car in it's class in the U.S Yes it outsells, Yaris, fit and the rest. The new one will only enhance this. Standard airbags, traction control and stability control for 10,990. WOW! is what everyone should be saying. Take it easy folks and settle down, this is not an aston martin rapide competitor you are judging. Nissan wins with this car....period!

iQuack said...

I like the current Versa with its angular styling, big windows and excellent all-around visibility.
The upcoming Versa isn't as distinctive IMO.

Carl said...

it looks like it wants to be a truck in the back but can't poop out a bed.

Anonymous said...

This thing is such an eyesore...How could a non-self-lothing human being come up with this thing? This must be French.

Joe Canadian said...

wonderful looking car, very arrogant prejudiced comment saying "it must be french". What an ignorant blue collared american comment. The french have more class than all americans. Now, back to cars. Nissan builds rock solid cars, their partner renault builds rock solid cars. They have the world's most successful car unions going on. Nissan says the new versa sets new standards for efficiency, quality, value and good looks. I believe them.

Anonymous said...

The French make a lot of beautiful and stylin' cars. This isnt one of them.... and they sure wouldnt claim it if it were. Nissan sells most of its Versa's in hatchback form. So this sedan design is really intended for the bizarre Asian car market. We just happen to be the (lucky?) recipients of a 'one-world' approach. I like the hatchback redesign though. I'd really like to see the Japanese bringing more of their mini's/A-class vehicles over (ie: rolling boxes). Subaru has a real nice Dex - a sporty rolling box. Unfortunately, we get the crap like Toyota's Scion line.

Anonymous said...

"wonderful looking car, very arrogant prejudiced comment saying "it must be french". What an ignorant blue collared american comment. The french have more class than all americans. "


Jeez JC, lighten up. The reality is that this car looks third-world, not French. The French (Citroen and Renault) are known for building quirky, bizarre and sometimes very ugly cars. Usually though, they have endearing qualities. But this car is just an awful throwback to the 80s, and not even worth arguing about.

Anonymous said...

I saw it on Nissan's website. I like it from the front a lot better. Not so much from behind. But its not exactly a rolling abortion like Honda's CrossTour.

sleeksilver said...

"This works! said...
The versa is the #1 selling car in it's class in the U.S Yes it outsells, Yaris, fit and the rest. The new one will only enhance this. Standard airbags, traction control and stability control for 10,990. WOW! is what everyone should be saying. Take it easy folks and settle down, this is not an aston martin rapide competitor you are judging. Nissan wins with this car....period!

April 25, 2011 7:58 AM"

Nissan sells the most because the Versa and the Altima rank #1 for fleet sales in their respective segments, not because they are being sold to private individuals.

Their sales numbers are boosted by fleet sales which hurt overall profitability.

Sounds like someone doesn't know a lot about business.

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