The cheapest car in America: Nissan Versa 1.6

Nissan has introduced for the 2009 model year in NISSAN VERSA sedan form only, it uses a smaller, 1.6-liter engine gasoline engine. Base transmission is a five-speed manual; a four-speed automatic is optional. The Nissan Versa 1.6 can be distinguished from 1.8 models by its use of black trim (instead of body-colored) for the exterior mirror housings, the bar above the license plate, and the front grille. This model also has smaller 14-inch steel wheels. Standard equipment does not include a radio, but includes four speakers and their associated wiring, making the installation of an aftermarket receiver easier. The Versa 1.6 is offered only with a black interior. Safety features, however, are consistent with other Versa models.

The Versa 1.6 has six airbags, active front head restraints, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Air conditioning, AM/FM/CD audio system, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, and keyless entry are offered as part of a value package. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist are optional ($250) on top of the value package.

The Nissan Versa’s base price of US$9,990 made it the least expensive new car available in the United States.  The Versa 1.6’s $12,498 Canadian base price also undercut its competitors at launch. The new Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 is another way in which Nissan is taking a leadership role in reassuming consumers that now is a great time to consider a new car.

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