The 2012 Nissan Versa is good basic transportation. Its exterior isn't flashy, its engines aren't powerful, its interior is cheap-feeling and its standard features list can't compare with other cars. But reviewers think that shoppers who know how to use a manual transmission and don't need a lot of features can keep the Versa's price low and get a lot of use out of the sedan and hatchback's large cabin, huge trunk and good fuel economy.
But if you’re one of many Americans who prefers an automatic transmission, the automotive press says you're in better hands with the 2012 Nissan Versa's competitors because the Versa falls into their price range when you add an automatic. When models like the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio are equipped with automatics, they're competitively-priced, have more standard features, better performance and higher quality, though somewhat smaller interiors.