Is The Nissan Versa The Perfect College Commuter Car?


Your teenage daughter will be heading to college this fall and the thought of her being away from home has you concerned, even worried how safe she will be hundreds of miles away from her parents.

Nissan Versa 1.6

To get back and forth between school and home, you’ve considered giving her your 2002 Sonata, but with more than 120,000 miles on the odometer, you worry that the car could break down, leaving her stranded, and vulnerable to whoever might come to her aid. A quality, late model used car with low miles sounds appealing, but there just isn’t much available for under $7500 let alone $10,000.

Well, college students who are in need of a vehicle are getting some help in the form of a cheaply priced new car. No, I’m not talking about the ultra-tiny two seat Smart ForTwo nor am I going to mention the Hyundai Elantra, rather the car with the lowest price on the market is now the 2009 Nissan Versa.

Yes, with a sticker price of $9990, the Nissan Versa 1.6 is the champion of low priced new cars, a model that Nissan says will go on sale later this month. With a 1.6L I4 engine producing 107 h.p. (paired with a five speed manual transmission), the bare bones Versa gets 34 mpg on the highway, just the kind of fuel economy traveling college students want.

It’ll be a bare bones model too with no air conditioning and few of the other creature comforts people want in their cars, but the price can certainly be right for the family who wants new, reliable transportation, wheels which can transports their sons and daughters to college and back without worry that the car will suddenly and mysteriously break down.

Nissan hasn’t said how many of these models will be made available from November 18th forward and there is the matter of a destination/handling charge of $695. But, Nissan is also offering zero percent financing to qualified buyers, making the Versa one car that college families may want to consider, perfect or not.

(Source: Nissan USA)

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