With gas prices approaching $4 a gallon and the effects of the recession still very much in evidence, a high-mileage, inexpensive compact car with better-than-average interior room sounds like an appealing offer. That's what emerged at the New York Auto Show 10 days ago, as Nissan officially launched its 2012 Nissan Versa sedan. It's an all-new car that replaces the aging, boxy Versa sedan that debuted for the 2007 model year. And its rear legroom in particular is unusually ample for a sedan that just barely squeaks into the subcompact designation, as measured by interior volume. Nissan...
Tell Us: Is 40 MPG Highway Irrelevant, Or Crucial To Save Gas?
If you've been paying any attention at all, you'll see new-car ads touting the magical "40 mpg highway" number in big print. You'll see a whole lot of car ads, in fact, for vehicles that include the 2011 Ford Fiesta SFE, 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco (with six-speed manual), 2011 Hyundai Elantra (all...John Voelcker
Is This The 2012 Nissan Versa Hatchback? Photos From Shanghai
At 10:40 am tomorrow, Nissan will kick off its press conference at the New York Auto Show. We already know it'll display the Leaf Nismo RC Concept electric racer, but that's a sideshow. The real interest will be in the new 2012 Nissan Versa subcompact. Today, at the Auto Shanghai show in China...John Voelcker
2012 Nissan Versa: New Compact To Launch At New York Auto Show
All we know so far is that Nissan will show a small car at the New York Auto Show, where media days kick off two weeks from tomorrow. But it's highly likely that the car will be an all-new 2012 Nissan Versa. It will be the latest entrant in a brewing battle among new and recently redesigned compact...John Voelcker