2008 Nissan Versa Reviews - Page 2 of 2

2008 Nissan Versa S with Value Option package 1.8L Gas from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8L Gas Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired5 kilometres
Most recent distance15900 kilometres
Previous carChrysler Neon

Summary:

A great combination of quality, comfort, room and economy

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

The Versa is far more car than I expected for the money. The interior is amazingly roomy and comfortable, with big seats and lots of head and leg room, especially in the back. My Versa is solid and quiet, even with snow tires and it doesn't feel or drive like a 'cheap' car. The ride is comfortable, the handling is nimble if not as sporty as the Honda Fit, and outward visibility is outstanding, making the Versa extremely easy to park.

My only negatives are the poorly placed and unlit power mirror controls, the inboard-mounted seat recliners (which I've managed to get used to) and the rear seats which don't fold flush with the floor. Otherwise, this car is a home run and I'm extremely pleased with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2008

2008 Nissan Versa S Hatchback 1.8 from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Distance when acquired23 miles
Most recent distance13000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Alero

Summary:

Best bang for your buck

Faults:

The only issue I have had with the car is the brakes squeal when it is hot out. I contacted the dealer and they informed me on what caused it, and how to fix it.

General Comments:

Exterior:

The exterior is not the best of cars I considered before purchasing this car, but it grows on you.

Interior:

Here is where the car shines. In all the other vehicles I test drove, none had the amount of arm/leg room for all 4 passengers. It feels like I am driving in a SUV, but low to the ground.

The only gripe I have is there is not very much room in the trunk, but the hatchback is nicer then the regular version.

Features:

I wanted a manual transmission, however I still wanted everything else... power windows/locks/AC... the only thing that didn't come on the S model was cruise control, but I can live with that since I don't do too much highway driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th October, 2008

30th Jan 2010, 13:44

For 2010 they added cruise as an option package on the Versa S model. The S model has a four speed automatic, the SL gets the CVT and I think the hatches might be different than the sedan for 2010. They also did a mild update to the styling, new wheel covers and grille. It beat the Yaris in March 2010 Consumer Reports, but they said it wasn't reliable.

2008 Nissan Versa S 1.8 from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired106 miles
Most recent distance1500 miles
Previous carLexus LX470

Summary:

Good car for the money

Faults:

I bought a new 2008 Nissan Versa S 6-speed manual transmission. Overall the vehicle is a good car.

So far it's only got around 1500 miles, so it's too soon to say how reliable it is.

The engine is weak. The seats are comfortable for a small car, and the interior space is very good. The trunk is roomy too.

The clutch is not that smooth, and the manual requires a lot of shifting to get power out of the engine. The CVT automatic is probably the best bet, not the 4 speed automatic.

I live in the Bronx, NY and the roads are terrible in NYC, but the Versa absorbs bumps well for a small car, and it has a good ride. It is also easy to park when I find a parking space.

I get average about 23 mpg city/highway. My previous vehicle was a Lexus SUV. I loved that truck, but it got bad gas mileage and it got broken in too many times; hopefully nobody steals my Versa.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2008

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 7 reviews