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Consumer Reports Says The Mercedes GLA Is The Least Satisfying Car In America 21
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Acura, Acura ILX, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Trax, Consumer Reports, Dodge, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey, Fiat, Fiat 500, Ford, Ford Transit, Infiniti, Infiniti QX60, mercedes, nissan, Nissan Sentra, Nissan Versa on 12 21st, 2017

New vehicles are typically one of the largest purchases that consumers make so it’s important that you buy something that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen and sometimes owners spend tens of thousands of dollars on something they regret buying in the first place. Consumer Reports want to help people avoid this mistake so they’ve used data from their Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey along with their own testing and reliability ratings to come up with a list of the ten least satisfying vehicles in America.

Dodge Grand Caravan

The Dodge Grand Caravan dates back to 2008 and its $25,995 price tag simply can’t make up for its many faults. As Consumer Reports notes, the minivan has the worst fuel economy rating in its class and its second-row seats are just plain lousy.

Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 bills itself as fun city car but it’s simply a small, overpriced hatchback with retro styling. There are a handful of interesting variants but CR says the model suffers from a choppy ride, an awkward driving position, and a noisy interior.

Ford Transit Connect

The Ford Transit Connect was designed as a commercial vehicle and the magazine says consumers shouldn’t think about it as a minivan replacement. While it offers good handling and a decent ride, there are plenty of faults including mediocre fuel economy ratings, a cheap interior, and a lack of features.

Infiniti QX60

Luxury vehicles are supposed to be comfortable, quick, and luxurious. The QX60 ticks a few of those boxes but there’s no hiding the fact that the crossover is a Nissan Pathfinder in an extra-large suit. Despite highlighting the model’s spacious and well-appointed interior, Consumer Reports say the QX60’s fuel-economy rating is “so-so” and the driving experience is “mushy.”

Dodge Journey

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is prominently featured on this year list and that’s largely due to aging vehicles such as the Journey. While it’s relatively affordable, with pricing starting at $21,195, it suffers from worst-in-class fuel economy ratings. Consumer Reports is brutal when it comes to the Journey as the publication says “This low-rated model is a poor value anywhere — even at the airport rental lot.”

Nissan Versa Sedan

The Nissan Versa is one of the most affordable sedans in America but buyers might want to simply shop the classifieds. That bargain basement price is a result of some major tradeoffs including a cheap interior and an underpowered engine that is paired to a continuously variable transmission. The model also suffers from a stiff ride and clumsy handling.

Chevrolet Trax

The Trax recently received a facelift but Consumer Reports says one of the biggest issues is the model’s turbocharged 1.4-liter engine which isn’t powerful or fuel-efficient. The organization also notes the Trax has a cramped interior, a stiff ride, and ambitious pricing.

Acura ILX

Like the Trax, the ILX was recently updated to fix its many shortfalls but these improvements didn’t address the car’s “stiff” and “jumpy ride.” Other disappointments include incessant road noise, a bad transmission, and a confusing infotainment system.

Nissan Sentra

The Sentra has a lot going for it but even responsive handling and a spacious interior can’t make up for a stiff ride and a driving experience that is described as “ho-hum and joyless.” The base model is particularly disappointing as it is one of the slowest accelerating cars in its class.

Mercedes GLA-Class

The most disappointing vehicle might come as a surprise because it’s made by Mercedes-Benz. Despite its luxury ambitions, the GLA is a high-riding hatchback that is small, cramped, and expensive as pricing starts at $33,400. Consumer Reports say the crossover suffers from a stiff ride, a loud interior, a bad gearbox, and poor visibility – just to name a few things.

2018 Nissan Versa Note Arrives With New Equipment, Revised Trims 20
Posted by Michael Gauthier in nissan, Nissan Note, Nissan Versa, prices, USA on 09 20th, 2017

Nissan has revealed the 2018 Versa Note will be priced from $15,480.
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Nissan’s Recalling Another Half Million Versas For Takata Airbags 24
Posted by Carscoops Staff in NHTSA, nissan, Nissan Versa, Recalls on 07 24th, 2017

It's been about three years now since the Takata airbag debacle first surfaced, and the scope of the recall doesn't show any signs of slowing down. This time it's Nissan that's adding fuel to the fire by recalling over half a million more vehicles in the United States alone.
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After Beating The Prius In Japan, Nissan’s e-Power Hybrids May Go Global 15
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Hybrids, japan, nissan, Nissan Note, Nissan Versa, Reports on 05 15th, 2017

Nissan is seriously considering of offering the -virtually unknown outside Japan- extended-range hybrid system overseas, bringing the heat to established players, just as it does to its home market.
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2017 Nissan Versa Note And Juke Black Pearl Edition Heading To LA Auto Show 10
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Galleries, LA Auto Show, new cars, nissan, Nissan Juke, Nissan Versa, prices on 11 10th, 2016

Nissan is getting ready for the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show with two new 2017MY vehicles – a revised Versa Note and a limited production Juke Black Pearl Edition upgrade package.
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2017 Nissan Versa Note And Juke Black Pearl Edition Heading To LA Auto Show 10
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Galleries, LA Auto Show, new cars, nissan, Nissan Juke, Nissan Versa, prices on 11 10th, 2016

Nissan is getting ready for the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show with two new 2017MY vehicles – a revised Versa Note and a limited production Juke Black Pearl Edition upgrade package.
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Closing The Door In A Nissan Versa Could Deploy The Airbags 6
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in NHTSA, nissan, Nissan Versa, Recalls, Reports on 10 6th, 2016

Federal auto-safety regulators have opened a probe into certain units of the Nissan Versa, after receiving complaints from owners that spoke of inadvertent airbag deployments.
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2017 Nissan Note Hybrid Leaked, Complete With Facelift 27
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, nissan, Nissan Note, Nissan Scoops, Nissan Versa, Scoops on 09 27th, 2016

Just as Nissan is getting ready to expand its eco-friendly vehicle lineup, the first images with a hybrid version of the Note have ended up on the web.
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Enhanced 2017 Nissan Versa Sedan Goes On Sale In The US From $11,990 30
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, nissan, Nissan Versa, prices on 08 30th, 2016

Nissan has announced the official pricing for the 2017 Versa Sedan, which carries a few updates over the previous model and gains a new SV Special Edition Package.
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Nissan Brings More Color To 2015 LA Auto Show 18
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in LA Auto Show, nissan, Nissan Note, Nissan Versa on 11 18th, 2015

Nissan has set the stage in LA for a genuine Street Art Battle as a trio of specially wrapped Versa Notes are currently serving time as canvases for three local street artists.
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2016 Nissan Versa Note ‘Color Studio’ Bound For LA Show [w/Video] 13
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in LA Auto Show, nissan, Nissan Note, Nissan Versa, Nissan Videos, video on 11 13th, 2015

One year after showing off their factory-personalization program on the Juke sport cross, Nissan is bringing a very youthful Versa Note to this year's Los Angeles Auto Show.
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2016 Nissan Versa Sedan Gains Minor Updates, Retains Base Price 9
Posted by Dan Mihalascu in new cars, nissan, Nissan Versa, prices, Reports on 09 9th, 2015

Following a significant makeover received last year, the Nissan Versa Sedan has received minor updates for the 2016 model year.

These include body-color power outside mirrors now standard on all grade levels, the addition of standard rear speakers for the Versa Sedan S grade, a leather-wrapped steering wheel for the SL grade and two new exterior colors: Cayenne Red and Gun Metallic.
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2012 Nissan Versa SL Review – ‘V for Versatility’ 4
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, nissan, Nissan Versa, Test Drives on 06 4th, 2012

With a starting price of just $10,990.00, the all-new 2012 Nissan Versa is a perfect first vehicle for young singles, couples and growing families.  Small on the outside, but big on the inside, combining refined styling and a high quality interior, the all-new Versa brings Smart Technology with next-generation efficiency, new dual injector system and sub-planetary CVT design to the sub-compact segment.  Helping out further in the pocketbook of budget minded consumers is Versa’s excellent 30mpg/city and 38mpg/highway specs.

Knowing that entry-level vehicles are used as ‘workhorses’-for commuting on weekdays, errand running on weekends and transporting family and friends all week long-the designers of the new Versa sedan sought to combine five-passenger practicality with a high degree of comfort and refinement.  It also offers an unexpected level of available entertainment and connectivity features such as Bluetooth navigation system with a 5-inch touch screen display, satellite radio and an iPod/USB interface.  Knowing that consumers of subcompacts are always busy, Nissan wanted to make sure that they feel good about their purchase of the new Versa long after the new car smell has worn off.  As a result of Nissan’s study of these consumers, designers invested more time and energy in areas that consumers see and touch most-like available Fine Vision instrumentation, quality fabrics, bright trim work and comfortable seating for front and rear seat passengers.

The new Versa sedan’s interior volume of 90 cu.ft. and trunk volume of 14.8 cu.ft., (104.8 cu.ft. total), are intended to not only look great on a spec sheet-the passenger and cargo spaces have been configured for real-world use.  Versa sedan has more legroom than some midsize sedans-trumping even luxury cars such as the Lexus LS460, BMW 5-Series and M-B E-Class.  The trunk design focuses on useable space, taking into consideration everything from the size of the hinges to the shape of the sidewalls.  A 60/40 split fold-down rear seat is offered in the SL model that I tested for even greater versatility.

Other available interior features include trip computer, power windows with driver’s-side one-touch down, speed sensing auto door locks, remote trunk release, fuel door remote release, and steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls.

The Versa sedan’s new exterior design is also a departure from most current sedans, offering a refreshing design character that is both sophisticated and highly aerodynamic.  The designers gave the exterior shape a strong sense of volume, with a wide shoulder width and a smooth silhouette.  In front Versa sedan features Nissan’s new signature sedan grille design and jewel-like headlights.  The front end blends smoothly into the cabin, which offers flowing curves, while design elements such as the shape of the trunklid help give the new Versa sedan excellent aerodynamics, including a low coefficient of drag of 0.31.  Another styling and aero feature not paid much attention to is the indented line in the middle of the Versa sedan’s sweeping roofline.  Not only a design feature, but it is also a functional innovation that helps reduce the amplitude of the roof panel vibrations in order to create a quieter cabin interior without the use of reinforcement devices call ‘mass bumpers’.  Other exterior features include a fixed roof antenna, body-color front and rear fascias and available chrome-accented grille, blacked-out B-pillar, chrome door handles and front foglamps-all coming standard in the SL model that I tested.

One of the biggest challenges in designing a compact sedan is where to put everything-people, cargo, engine, transmission and other mechanical components.  Often the solution is to gather a fraction of an inch here, a fraction there and hope they add up to a usable benefit.  For the new Versa sedan, the approach was a little more radical-create a totally new global platform and drivetrain, reducing the size of engine and transmission, reducing the number of component parts and reducing platform weight.  It’s unusual for a car company to develop a total new platform for only a second generation vehicle but Nissan sees no barriers to the investment of time and money.

The 2012 Versa Sedan’s all-new front-wheel drive global ‘V’ platform, designated ‘V’ for Versatile, utilizes nearly 20% few platform components and weights 150 lbs. less than the previous ‘B’ platform.  While retaining the same 102.4 inch wheelbase and 66.7 inch width as the previous generation Versa sedan, the new model is 1.2 inches lower in height (59.6 inches) and 0.6 inches shorter in overall length (175.4 inches).  The biggest dimensional gain, however, is in the visible gain in trunk length-provided by a more compact engine/transmission design that allows for a 2.7 inch increase in rear overhang.

The new Versa proves that when it comes to packaging and aerodynamics, not all small, entry-level sedans are created equal.  The same can be said of the engine and CVT transmission that beautifully balances excellent environmental performance, responsive power and smooth, quiet operation.  The second-generation 1.6 liter HR16DE 4-cylinder engine includes a range of cutting-edge technologies, making it one of the most advanced powerplants in its class.  For example, while the average engine uses only one injector per cylinder to inject fuel, the new Versa sedan engine is equipped with two streamlined injectors mounted near the inlet valve for each cylinder.  This dual injector system allows a wider injection of fuel, with the smaller nozzels delivering a finer spray (approximately 57% finer than the previous generation single injector design’s particle size) to help achieve stable combustion.  The new compact, lighter weight engine also utilizes DOHC’s, and twin Continuously Variable Timing Control (CVTC) system mounted on both intake and exhaust ports (versus conventional CVTC systems which are mounted only on the intake port), similar to the system used on the Flagship Nissan Maxima.  Using a CVTC on the outlet port increases thermal efficiency, decreases inhalation resistance and offers an approximate 4% improvement in fuel efficiency.  Other enhancements include the addition of a piston oiling jet, tuning of the piston top shape and expansion of the exhaust manifold diameter.  Putting these advanced engine technologies into an entry-level sedan is what Nissan does best-‘innovation for all’, the new dual injector system also uses around half the amount of rare metals in the catalyzer by reducing the amount of unburned fuel and hydrocarbons emissions.  The new 1.6 liter in-line 4-cylinder engine generates 109hp at 6,000rpm and 107lb.ft. of torque at 4,400rpm that quickly launches the Versa’s light curb weight of just 2,459lbs.  Mated to the engine is a standard five-speed manual transmission (1.6 S model only, and an optional next-generation Xtronic CVT transmission.  Nissan makes one of the smoothest and quietest CVT’s on the market and they continue this fact with the new Versa.  Nissan’s CVT also features a transmission ratio of 7.3:1 which is broader than those of conventional CVTs and even typical 7-speed automatic transmissions.  Friction is reduced by about 30%, weight by about 13% and overall size by about 10% versus the previous Versa sedan DVT design.  The new Versa SL sedan rides on 15X5.5 inch machined aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with 185/65R15 inch Continental Contac all-season tires with excellent traction and a smooth, quiet ride.  With all of these enhancements the Versa gets a very good 30mpg/city and 38mpg/highway.

Making the ride even smoother and giving you more control whether getting around city traffic, on the open road at speed, or when traversing curving roads is an independent MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension with front and rear stabilizer bars to ensure that there is no lean when driving through curves.  Other standard equipment includes electric power steering that is nicely weighed with extra boost at slow speeds and less boost at higher road speeds.  Slowing the new Versa down from speed are front vented steel disc brakes-10 inch clamped with single-piston calipers and 8 inch drum brakes in the rear.  Standard ABS, EBD and BA with traction and electronic stability control work together to keep you in control of the car’s direction when traveling and braking on wet or slick pavement.

In addition, the new Versa will be the first Nissan model in the U.S. branded with the PUREDRIVE designation.  PUREDRIVE will be used on models utilizing Nissan’s most advanced technologies to promote eco-friendly driving and lower CO2 emissions.

Standard equipment not mentioned above in the new Versa sedan includes A/C, 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, AM-FM-CD/Aux-in Audio system with six speakers, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, silver trim accents, chrome inside door handles, dual cupholders, variable intermittent wipers/washers, map light, trunk lamp, rear defogger, dual vanity mirrors, and storage slots in each front door with a deep and wide glove box.

Standard safety features in the new Versa sedan include the Nissan advanced airbag system that includes dual-stage supplemental airbags and front seat side-impact supplemental airbags for chest protection, seat-mounted driver and front passenger side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted curtain side-impact airbags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection, three-point safety belts for all five seating positions with front pretensioners/load limiters, front/rear crumple zones, LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Entry-level sub compact sedans continue their sales increase and the new Nissan Versa is one of the best offering Nissan’s latest powertrain innovations and infotainment features at an affordable price with good looks, and great driving times.

2012 Nissan Versa Beauty Head On Done Small
2012 Nissan Versa Beauty Side Done Small
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  • Price: Base Versa S Sedan $10,990 / As Tested Versa SL $17,190.00 including $760.00 destination charges.
  • Transmission: CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)
  • Wheelbase: 102.4 inches
  • Total length: 175.4 inches
  • Total width: 66.7 inches
  • Total height: 59.6 inches
  • Track: f/r-58.3/38.5 inches
  • Headroom: f/r-39.8/36.6 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-41.8/37 inches
  • Turning circle: 34.8 ft.
  • Fuel tank: 10.8 gallons
  • 0-60 mph: 10.4 seconds

Nissan: N is for “Niche”? 4
Posted by Jen Stadler in Automotive, nissan, Nissan Juke, Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, Nissan Sentra, Nissan Versa on 04 4th, 2011

Image: Nissan

Let’s say you’re in the market for a new car, but you haven’t got a clue what you want yet. Conventional wisdom says look at your lifestyle, your budget, and your needs vs. wants and use that as a jumping off point. I say you could probably just go to the Nissan website and start there too. When it comes to sheer number of offerings, Nissan (and by extension, Infiniti) has just about anything your heart could ever desire. But does there come a point when there are too many choices? Is Nissan becoming more of a niche automaker than a mainstream one?

Hey, I’m all for options. You can pick from entry-level b-segment cars like the Versa; the executive-and-family friendly Maxima; the Frontier, one of the few remaining small trucks in the US; or a land yacht like the Armada. You want electric? Pick up a Leaf. How about a supercar? Look no further than the GT-R. And sporty luxury? The Infiniti line beckons. I could go on and on listing their automobiles which (for me anyway) begs the question: how much is too much?

Did the world really NEED a convertible CUV? Image: Nissan

I suppose it struck me this year as I saw them debut three new non-mainstream models: the Leaf, the Juke, and most recently, the Murano Cross-Cabriolet. With each, Nissan told us their core demographic they envisioned for these cars and each seemed rather specific and narrow. Additionally, to say their styling is polarizing would be an understatement. I started wondering why they weren’t focusing on updating their existing line-up? Consumers have long been asking for an Altima redesign (clear tail lights? Still? What is this, 2002?), saying the Titan is getting long in the tooth, and to be perfectly honest, I forgot the Sentra even existed for a minute. Have they given up on their bread-and-butter volume sales to focus on awkward-looking, though fully decked-out, convertible crossovers because – as rumor has it – the CEO’s wife wanted him to make the drop-top Murano happen?

Image: Niss- yaaaaawn – sorry…Nissan

As an example, it makes me a little sad to see the little Sentra SE-R Spec V abandoned the way it has been, languishing in a yawn-inducing shell and no longer even a competitor for the likes of the Civic Si. Such heritage, forgotten, to focus on younger, more agile, more fun offerings like the Juke. Should they prune their expansive limbs? Will they be forced to condense in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami for economic reasons anyway? Certainly, the aftermath remains to be seen, not just for Nissan but Japanese automakers in general. But even prior to the destruction, do you think Nissan was making too many niche vehicles, or were you happy to have so many to choose from?