The 2012 Nissan Versa Sedan boasts the lowest starting price of any new car in America, with an MSRP of just $10,990. But even with that sticker price, the Versa wouldn’t be the best-selling car in its class if it didn’t also provide a high value. But it is, and it does: According to the motoring mavens at Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com, the affordable and very successful Versa Sedan has the lowest cost of ownership of any subcompact car in the country over its first five years on the road.
Said website editors: “Completely redesigned for 2012, the space-efficient Nissan Versa Sedan complements a trio of trim levels with a new and far more fuel-efficient engine. The Versa garnered total cost supremacy honors in the Subcompact Car segment by combining the lowest fair purchase price and a superior residual value figure.”
And remember, the Versa Sedan is easy to live with, too, since even the base model includes air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD sound system with auxiliary input jack, six airbags, and Nissan’s Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System, a 12-volt outlet. There’s also a peppy 1.6-liter I4 engine with continuously variable valve timing under the hood, and when that powerplant is mated to the Versa Sedan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), the results include EPA marks of 30 mpg city/38 mpg highway/33 mpg combined.