2019 Versa 900 mile rental review

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PalmerWMD
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2019 Versa 900 mile rental review

Postby PalmerWMD » Sun Jul 18, 2021 11:14 am

HI all.
I thought you might enough my impressions from a 900+ mile drive with a 2019 Versa I rented.

1) Interior: surprised and impressed me by its solidity. This car has 43,000 miles on it and everything still feels solid.
Also all gauges easy to read, all switches right at hand in typical Nissan goodness.

2) Handling. Despite the skinny tires I thought quite good. no slack in the steering either.

3) fuel economy: Loaded with myself (230lbs) and nearly 300 lbs worth of luggage I consistently got between 39 and 43 mpg, between 70 and 80 mph. Excellent in other words.

4) Transmission. I know its a CVT and we are supposed to dislike them as enthusiasts, but I could not find anything at all to fault with it. And I was looking. It simulated shifts and except for the CVT typical noise at low speeds (only) I could not discern it from a regular 7 speed auto transmission.

5) Engine. Well. Not much power, that much is clear. Its an economy car. I think maybe the least or 2nd least expensive in the country?
But despite the not small load it had no issues flying up the ills in appalachia with the "O/D off" button engaged. (I know there is not really an O/D there to turn off in the CVT, but it clearly changed the shift programming for higher revs and holding "gears" longer)

6) Looks: The front looked decent, the rear also. From the side the very small wheels/tires seemed a bit off putting.


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Re: 2019 Versa 900 mile rental review

Postby 2019Versafan » Sun Jul 25, 2021 10:12 am

I own a 2019 Versa and I agree with your assessment of the Versa. It's good basic transportation that'll get you from Point A to Point B and will do so for a far more reasonable cost than the big gas guzzling SUV's that seem to be all the rage these days.
I only traded in my 2012 Versa that I loved dearly for the 2019 Versa to beat the $3,000 price increase on the new 3rd generation Versa and I'm very happy with my decision.


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