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2007 - 2011 First Generation Nissan Versa
Overview And Buying Tips

In today's very high-priced used car market, many shoppers are now looking for "older" models that have aged well as a way to save significant dollars. The Nissan Versa is certainly one of those models and can definitely be a viable and more economical option at this time. And well below average annual mileage candidates can still be found out there.

While introduced in the United States for the 2007 model year, the Nissan Versa was previously sold under the Tiida name in Japan and as the Renault Clio in Europe. Here in the States, the Versa earned a name for itself as a surprisingly well-built subcompact that's affordable, gets good gas mileage and offers above-average space thanks to an efficient interior layout.

For those possibly interested in an older Versa, here's a general overview of the available models:

Used Nissan Versa 1.8 SL Sedan (2008)

The first-generation Nissan Versa is an economy car offered as both a sedan and four-door hatchback. Both possess the Versa's high roof line which creates a large amount of interior space. There's plenty of headroom and ample legroom, even in the adult-friendly back seat.

While the spacious back seat cuts into the available cargo space in the sedan, the Versa hatchback's split rear seats fold to provide over 50 cubic feet of storage for those who need extra cargo room. The Versa also has a number of well-designed and convenient built-in storage areas around the doors.

These older Versa models can be found in four trims: 1.6 Base, 1.6, 1.8 S and 1.8 SL. All models come with a higher fit and finish level than most would expect in an economy car, including higher than average grade plastics, upscale-texture upholstery and well-tailored seats. That noted, the 1.6 Base model (the 1.6 is only available as a sedan and is new for the 2009 model year) is just that -- base. There's no stereo or air conditioning. And there's not much added in the regular 1.6 either, although it does include the air conditioning.

Standard features on the Versa 1.8 S include air conditioning, a stereo with CD player and a tilt steering column. The SL model adds power windows, power locks, power mirrors, cruise control, a 180-watt stereo with an in-dash 6-disc CD changer and driver seat height adjustment. Used Versas can also be found with optional features such as Bluetooth, keyless entry and a Rockford Fosgate audio system.

Used Nissan Versa 1.8 SL Hatchback (2008)

Powering the Nissan Versa is either a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine that produces 107 horsepower and 111 pound-feet of torque, or a 1.8 liter that pumps out 122 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. They're mated with either a 5-speed or 6-speed manual transmission (standard on most trims) or an optional 4-speed automatic. The 1.8 SL can also be found with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that improves fuel efficiency with its more precise shifting.

Gas mileage for the 1.6 is an efficient 26 mpg city and 34 mpg on the highway (33 with the automatic). Fuel economy for the 1.8. doesn't fall much, coming in at 24 mpg city and 32 mpg highway with the 4-speed automatic. Gas mileage for the Versa SL with the CVT comes out the best with a rating of 27 city and 33 highway.

Overall, we believe an older Versa with lower mileage can still make a solid choice as a used car purchase for those looking for an affordable, fuel efficient and better-built economy car.

How To Get The Best Price

There are actually several different ways to buy an older Versa at the lowest price, and even at wholesale. You can click on the links to each of the following methods to get the specific instructions.

First of all, here's a Lowest Price Used Car Buying Guide that details a super effective method, one that often beats down prices even to wholesale levels. And somewhat related to this, here's another excellent method that identifies Price-Distressed Cars Right On Dealer Lots. These are vehicles they are so desperate to unload they would welcome your wholesale offer.

In addition, you can also try the Public Auto Auctions in your own geographic area. While there can be a lot of junk vehicles at these auctions, there are often absolute gems sprinkled in as well. This article reviews what to expect at open-to-the-public car auctions and how to locate them in your own area.

Also ... for those of you who might be interested in a
brand new Nissan Versa, if the price was crazy good, here's info on exactly How To Get The Best Price On A New Versa. This works just phenomenally well.

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