2012 Nissan Versa hatchback starts at $14,380*

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Just last week, Nissan introducing the new 2012 Versa sedan at a very affordable starting price of $10,990. Today, Nissan is introducing a five-door hatchback version of the 2012 Versa. But this time, it has a much higher starting price of $14,380 excluding destination charges. What gives? Lets take a look.

Anyways, the 2012 Nissan Versa hatchback is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission in the S trim. If you prefer an optional four-speed automatic gearbox, it will set you back an another $1,000. And moving up is the SL trim, it features the Xtronic CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission), which will add another $4,010 to your invoice, ouch!

Lastly is the top-of-the-line 2012 Nissan Versa SL hatchback. It gets all the SL trim’s features plus more, which include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone interface and 16-inch aluminum wheels.

When compared to the base model Versa seda, which starts at just $10,990 when equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed transmission, the 2012 Nissan Versa hatchback represents a steep price increase. If you are buying the 2012 Nissan Versa because you’re being frugal, we advise you to stick with the sedan model instead.