2008 Nissan Versa User Reviews

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    2008 Nissan Versa S Review
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    2008 Nissan Versa Hatchback — The 2008 Nissan Versa is a car that can get you from point A to Point B, but it doesn't offer much more than that. In the corners, it understeers, and there is a ton of body roll. The tires skid across the road instead of digging in and finding grip. It can, however, outrun an automatic, non vtec equipped Acura Integra, which did surprise me. Gas mileage is where this car shines though. With falling gas prices, it is possible to fill up with 20 bucks, and drive it for 2-3 weeks, depending on how you drive it. The exterior styling is, in my opinion, hideous. The lights wrap around from the front over to the sides. The interior is quite roomy however, and it feels a lot bigger than it actually is. In closing, the 2008 Nissan Versa is a good people mover. The ride quality is not harsh at all, and should keep a small family comfortable for a few hours.

    Pros: Roomy, good gas mileage

    Cons: Understeers, underpowered, ugly

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    2008 Nissan Versa S Hatchback Review
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    My 2008 "violet" The Versa — My newly purchased 2008 Nissan Versa S hatchback is a quirky and fun car to drive. I chose the Versa after I had researched extensively and even test drove the Suzuki Aerio, Scion xa, VW Golf/GTI, Toyota Yaris, and Chevy Aveo. I decided against the xa and yaris because they both had the driving "dials" located in the center column of the dashboard. I am too much of a lead foot and didn't think for safety reason the spedometer was in a good location in the car. It looks like Scion has learned though because on the new 2008 xd that have moved the driving "dials" back to the left driver's side. My Versa stands out in a parking lot. I don't see it as much as the other hatchbacks although it's body style reflects that of a Mazda 5 or 3 hatchback and maybe some Pontiac Vibe thrown into the mix too. I especially like the front and back lights and the way the hatchback looks on the Versa. I also feel taller in the Versa than I did in my Honda Civic. I have great visability between the two oversized side mirrors and a wide front windshield and smaller rhombus styled back windshield. The interior is the selling point though! The minute I saw the inside of a Versa - I knew it was what I would buy. The seats are covered with a soft faux-microsuede material and they are oversized, plush bucket seats. They feel like you are sitting on a sealy posterpedic mattress practically! The driving "dials" are situated nicely in big simple circles on the driver's side and the accessories panel is laid out in the middle of the dash with a fairly decent factory stereo with a mp3 cd player. There are big dials for the ac/heat and a simple sliding bar for the inside/outside air function; one of the standard features on the Versa is a HEPA air filter in the ac/heating system. My Versa came with some upgraded features including power windows & power locks which means it has DEEP door pockets on either side up front and they even have drink holders in them, I also have cruise-control. But even on the standard S package Versa, you get two interestingly placed but effective cupholders in the middle of the two seats, as well as middle divider that has a bunch of what I call "little cubbies" - and further on towards the back, there are another 2 drink holders, so 6 drink holders in all! This car just screams road trip! Moving onto the back seats...WOW! You would never know that a car this 'compact' would be so spacious in the back seat. Even with Sam in the driver's seat (he's almost 6'), the passengers in the back seat would still have the legroom that my parent's mini-van has! Each right & left passenger seat in the back has its own headrest and 3-point seatbelt, and even the middle passenger in the back has a 3-point seatbelt! I have yet to ride in the back but my passenger's have told me that it's a cozy, soft ride back there. The hatchback is a little small for what I'd ultimately like to do with it but it will suffice for sure and offers me more versatility than a sedan trunk. The only other complaint I have with it is that the backseats don't fold down flush with the hatchback; they fold forward instead and so a little "lip" is created so it makes it harder with bulkier stuff, so like a 27" tv per se. Lastly, the handling is easy as pie and very responsive. I have no trouble getting it up to 60mph and it doesn't rev very high either, maybe the low 3,000 rpm range. The steering is reminscent of my Nissan 240sx's steering which was "loose" but very accurate, it allows for more manuvering I feel like. I don't know how something could be loose and yet tight but the Versa's steering is definitely that. It is simple to make turns and I don't feel much body roll when I make them. The 15" tires definitely give the car a very steady feel and making even sharp turns doesn't make the tires squeal. I know I couldn't race a bmw or even a Scion tc in this car but it definitely contends with my stock Honda Civic and I would hope so since it's at 122hp and 127-lbs. of torque; it has more 'gaux' power than your standard 4-banger car. Oh yea, and I get great gas mileage even being somewhat of a lead foot. I filled my Versa up last Saturday (11/1) when I bought it and I still have a 1/4 of a tank left today, a full week later. Nice!! :) All in all, this car suits me to a T. I love the ease of use of it, all of the features, the comfort of it, and most of all the fact that it was inexpensive.

    Pros: ease of use, exterior styling, interior styling, comfort, pick up, price

    Cons: lack of sportiness, smaller hatchback

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    2008 Nissan Versa SL Hatchback Review
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    Nissan Versa Sport Sl — The nissan versa sedan is not so great. I baught the sport model with the bluetooth technology.... fully loaded with a sunroof and a spoiler. The sport has a CVT Transmission that is not in a sedan or base model. Its very unique performance is awsome......... I do have a need for a utility sport now for my cottage so I may sell it for that reason only. ITS A GREAT CAR..... BUT ONLY THE SL SPORT HATCHBACK

    Pros: the sport is an awsome vehicle

    Cons: no negatives.....

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    2008 Nissan Versa SL Hatchback Review
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    Great Little Car — Would recommend to anyone looking for a sub-compact.

    Pros: Great gas mileage, fun to drive, alloy wheels, 6-disc in-dash cd player w/ IPOD connector, Blue Tooth, Smart Key

    Cons: No automatic headlights

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    2008 Nissan Versa S Hatchback Review
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    Reliable, Comfy, And Fuel Efficient — What more can you ask for in a car? this car is great. It's stylish yet simple. My biggest recomendation is to get the CVT tranny though. The 4 auto isnt that great. Compare both in a test drive and you'll see what Im saying.

    Pros: More power than competitors
    + Available upscale features
    + Fuel economy with CVT
    + Interior space
    + Price

    Cons: Modest road presence
    - ABS not standard

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    2008 Nissan Versa S Review
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    The Rental — While my grand am was ill, I rented an 08 Versa for the Christmas holidays from Enterprise. The car was allright, personally didn't care much for it.

    Pros: Good Looking

    Cons: Underpowered

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    2008 Nissan Versa SL Hatchback Review
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    Great Road Manners, Quality Feel, And Super Fuel Economy — I have the loaded SL hatchback with moonroof, Rockford fosgate subwoofer, etc. Everything works perfectly, and the sound system simply kicks ass. The blue tooth system is a real plus for me. The car handles like it's on rails, and it is very comfortable with amazing people space. Could use a few more horses, but it's no slouch either.

    Pros: Finish quality, handling, economy

    Cons: antilock brakes should be standard equipment

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    2008 Nissan Versa S Hatchback Review
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    A Mobile Sofa In A Box — I have recently had the opportunity to drive the new 2008 Versa S Hatchback as a rental car from Enterprise while my del Sol is undergoing body repair. My overall impression of the car is that while it is very roomy for its size and boasts a 1.8L DOHC engine and 'comfortable seats', it may not be all it's cracked up to be. For starters, I'll consider the aspects of the car that agree with. The seats are rather like sections of a large, strategically contoured sofa. While they undoubtedly support a broad range of body types, I happen to be a slim person, so as a result the seats do not provide the type of support I am used to. Nevertheless, I would recommend the seats for individuals of more significant build. Overall, the car is clean in appearance. The engine is covered by a pleasing arrangement of contoured plastic. The interior is adorned by a strongly textured (albeit not unattractive) headliner. The console and compartments are contemporary. Panels on the dashboard have a brushed metal look, and the instruments take the form of three cylinders. Dials and gauges are always backlit, even without the headlights on, and this combined with the shielding provided by the cylindrical walls makes them sharp and clear. The car boasts plentiful legroom and headroom, even in the back seat. Four large and/or lanky people would be able to sit comfortably in the car, and three smaller to average-sized individuals would find the back seat accommodating. There are cupholders to spare, seats and headrests are adjustable, the steering wheel is tiltable, and there is even a sensor to determine whether the passenger airbag should be on, based upon the mass of the occupant. Sounds are unintrusive to the ear. Engine noise is very isolated from the cabin. Road noise is negligible. The car beeps precisely and patiently when a door is left open, lights are left on, or the driver's seatbelt has not been fastened. The cargo area is small with the rear seats upright, but can be expanded. A tonneau cover normally shields the trunk from the cabin, but can be removed. The hatch is easy to operate and opens with very little force, thanks to hydraulics and a sensitive button. And now for the bad news... The car's suspension leaves much to be desired during normal (especially highway) driving. Understeer is exaggerated, despite the amount of car present behind the engine, and steering is a bit vague. This fact becomes readily noticeable on the highway. The car is susceptible to wind gusts because of its tall stature, which creates the need to correct steering with the wind. The steering has some difficulties remaining centered (possibly due to bump steer). This brings me to the suspension. Springs and dampers are fairly soft. The ride is smooth and absorbs bumps very well, but overall the car feels bigger than it actually is. Because of the vagueness of the steering, it is not as agile as one would expect. Despite this, it is admittedly capable of heavy cornering. I must cite an occasion when I successfully frightened off a Subaru Legacy sedan while taking a > 180-degree decreasing radius on ramp. Another feature that annoyed me is the low tire pressure warning light. When I picked up the car, the light was on. The enterprise employee checking the car over took it to Meineke to ensure correct tire pressure, and he assured me that everything was fine. Despite this, the light DOES NOT GO OFF. Perhaps this is due to a lessee slamming into a curb, but I noted no visual damage to the car whatsoever, which had under 3300 miles on it when I began driving it. This could be an issue that needs to be worked out by Nissan. The automatic transmission in this car does a poor job of disproving the "slush box" classification. Shifting out of first gear is extremely, extremely delayed, usually falling around or higher than 3000 RPM for normal city driving. This could be due to the fact that the car is rather underpowered (I solo drag-raced a 2008 5-speed Scion xD with three occupants and lost, with a head start). Shifting is unpredictable and always delayed. There is the (1-2) option to use first and second gears exclusively, and overdrive may be turned off, but the uses for these features are rare and limited. Fuel economy is not spectacular. I get better gas mileage in my 1993 del Sol (with a short ram intake and stainless steel exhaust headers). I averaged about 200 miles to a tank in the city, which equates to 20 mpg, and I am a mostly conservative driver. In conclusion, the car does well for its price range. The one I drove can be priced at approximately $14,500, and yet it felt like a small Altima or Sentra on the inside. Additionally, the car can be drifted with a bit of finesse and skill around an empty, icy airport parking lot without loss of control or rollover...although the fuel level gauge will be thrown off for a few moments until gasoline pools back into the bottom of the tank. Thanks for reading and I hope this helped.

    Owner for 0 years, 1 months

    Miles Driven per Year:500

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    2008 Nissan Versa S Hatchback Review
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    Awesome. — I'm 6'6, and I didn't think I'd fit in this car, but I do. It goes fast when needed to and has an incredible turning radius. I love it, except for not having a mp3 Cd player. Would recommend it without the mp3 player anyway. For the price, its wonderful.

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    Miles Driven per Year:5,000

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2013 Nissan Versa Reviews

    Excellent Value - Economical Affordable Reliable And Convenient Drive By nowhereman

    This is an unbeatable package, economical affordable reliable and convenient drive. Cant go wrong with it for a first car, comfort, convenience and affordability all rolled into one, incredible value ... Read More

    Another Rental Review By Laurbee

    Took this little guy to Long Island. It got really great milage per gallon averaging 46 on the highway and 37 around town. Not a great passing gear but a steady drive. Basic interior storage, cup hold... Read More

    2012 Nissan Versa Reviews

    Good Commuter Car. Very Practicle. By txsmoke

    Purchased this car for commuting to work. It is a perfect commuter car. I'm not really impressed or disapointed with this vehicle. It is very reliable and great on fuel. could be a great family car al... Read More

    Money Saver. I Changed To This Car And Noticed Immediate Savings In Gas. Very Content. By erniejtorres

    This car is great. I loved the space, accommodations, and the general smooth ride of the CVT. I would recommend this to new drivers and to women. The overall aesthetics of the car isn't as sporty as I... Read More

    2011 Nissan Versa Reviews

    Expected Performance, Great Look By tillie_b

    Love it. Handles well. Looks great. Love the hatchback. It's a good SUV replacement with better gas mileage. Works for trips to Home Depot. Little things like the hatchback button instead of lat... Read More

    2010 Nissan Versa Reviews

    Easy, Fun, Budget-friendly Car! By HGoodwin5

    This is definitely one of the best cars I've ever owned! Nice looking exterior and very spacious interior- I could easily fit 5 adults. It gets incredible gas mileage and is very peppy for a 4-cyl. Th... Read More

    Perfect, Budget-friendly Car! By HGoodwin5

    This has been one of the best cars I've ever owned! I really love how inexpensive it is to maintain- I've never spent more than $40 for a tank of gas, even on empty. It has an incredible amount of int... Read More

    2009 Nissan Versa Reviews

    Black Bullet By bmi201092

    I loved my car since day one I got it . It's been very reliable, attractive, very economic and powerful. I never regretted buying that car. But however it would've been alot better if it had a sunro... Read More

    Low Cost. High Reliability! By dwoot2001

    Really fun car. We've had zero maintenance needs in the first 4 years. Smooth as can be. The whole negative is the small size, but you certainly enjoy the fantastic gas mileage. Easy buy. New cars com... Read More

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