There's also a Sport Package available on the 2008 Nissan Versa SL, which adds a rear roof spoiler, chin and side sill spoilers, and fog lights. The Sedans with Sport packages get a new chin spoiler, while Hatchbacks get new front and rear-end treatments.
For a car that starts around $13,000, the base 2008 Nissan Versa S has a delightful standard-features list, including air conditioning with filtration; a 120-watt AM/FM/CD sound system with four speakers; a rear defroster; and body-colored mirrors, handles, and accents. The SL upgrades to a 180-watt system with a built-in six-disc changer, six speakers, and an auxiliary input, plus cruise control, alloy wheels, height-adjustable seats, a rear center armrest with cup holders, keyless entry, power locks, windows, and mirrors, and an overhead console. Options on the Versa include Intelligent Key, Bluetooth compatibility, a Rockford Fosgate subwoofer, an MP3 player input jack, and XM Satellite Radio.
The 2008 Nissan Versa earned four-star ratings from the federal government in both frontal and side impact but got top Good ratings from the insurance-affiliated IIHS in frontal, side, and rear impact tests, making it one of the safest cars its size. Front seat-mounted side airbags and side curtain bags are standard, but electronic stability control isn't offered, and anti-lock brakes are optional for $250.
Inside, the 2008 Nissan Versa has some of the most comfortable seats of any small, inexpensive car, with generous padding and nice contouring. In back, wide-opening doors make entry and exit easy, without ducking or contorting. Whether as a hatchback or sedan, it's also exceptionally roomy; the hatchback has a generous 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the backseat up, and Nissan says that the amount of interior approaches that of mid-size cars. Overall, the dash, instrument panel, and switchgear feel like they were lifted from Nissan's more expensive offerings.
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