2012 Nissan Versa officially starts from $10,990

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Just as expected, the 2012 Nissan Versa is officially priced from $10,990. The competition is heating, and looks like Kia and Hyundai are not the only ones who can offer such a deal. Here in the U.S., the Nissan is committed to offer affordable transportation for the masses, and the 2012 Nissan Versa will be the key to its success.

If you ever had a $10K car, you know that it usually comes with the basic necessities, and that means sometimes no air conditioner or AM/FM CD radio. But not the 2012 Nissan Versa, it has all those mentioned features plus a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat as standard equipment.

The entry level 2012 Nissan Versa is powered by 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with dual injector system and twin Continuously Variable Timing Control (CVTC), and mated to a 5-speed manual transmission (1.6 S model only). Nissan claims that the 2012 Versa sedan has an estimated fuel economy of 33 mpg combined with the CVT transmission.

For those of you who want to lavish a bit more, there are three upper Nissan Versa that will help satisfy your need:  the 1.6S CVT model at $12,760, the 1.6 SV CVT at $14,560 and the 1.8 SL CVT at $15,560. These models are mated to a next-generation Xtronic CVT transmission. The CVT allows continuous change of the transmission gear ratio by connecting the two pulleys with a metallic belt and changing their diameter by using hydraulic pressure, so there is no need for clutch disc brakes. In addition, Nissan is offering a few other optional equipment such as  Bluetooth, XM satellite radio, a touch-screen navigation system and USB input for iPod/MP3 devices.

The new 2012 Versa sedan is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers by early August.