2012 Nissan Versa Tops Sub-Compact Sales in its First Month

2012 Nissan Versa Tops Sub-Compact Sales in its First Month

There hasn’t been a lot of buzz generated around the new 2012 Nissan Versa since its unveiling back in April at the New York Auto Show, so it’s completely understandable if one were led to believe that the Versa will manage limited success. On the other hand, Versa’s biggest competitor Hyundai Accent set off to an early lead as Hyundai managed to move a thousand more units than any subcompact, including the Versa, in its first full month of sales.

Surprisingly, this has become the perfect example of the tortoise and the hare as numbers now show that as of August, the 2012 Nissan Versa is the new best-selling subcompact in the United States– trumping the Hyundai Accent, Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Mazda2, Chevrolet Aveo and Toyota Yaris.

This isn’t necessarily to say that the Nissan Versa is a superior product, but as it is currently the least expensive car sold in North America at $10,990, individuals who buy the Versa won’t be too concerned about performance specs anyway. As for the numbers, the 2012 Versa comes with a 1.6 liter I-4, producing 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque. The CVT helps to optimize the Versa’s efficiency, achieving 30/38-mpg city/highway.

GALLERY: 2012 Nissan Versa/Sunny


  • Hako

    The question I have is “why would anyone prefer a Versa to an Accent?” Inferior fuel economy, weaker warranty, no six-speed or direct-injection, less horsepower AND it doesn’t even look as good. Anyone comparing the two cars carefully could only come to one conclusion…..the Accent is more car for the money.

  • Gerry

    Wow, that is ugly. What happened to the hatchback? I don’t understand why Americans prefer these butt ugly sedan versions to the better looking and more practical hatchbacks.

  • jeffrey

    I waited a year for my hatch back then ordered a second. However here we get the eco edition that gets 47 mpg

    Loving it

  • Carol

    I refuse to buy a Honda or Toyota. We had settled on the Ford Fusion before I saw this. I’m tired of minivans and SUV’s and this is perfect for us. The gas mileage, the look, the leg room and the price is just right. I won’t spend 28k on the Fusion when I can get the same bells and whistles on a Nissan Versa I maxed out at 18,600. We will have this paid off in one year as opposed to 3 with the Fusion, and Fords are unreliable anyway. Nissan hit a home run with the redesigned Versa sedan for 2012. Can’t wait to get mine so I can drive by the losers at the gas station while I enjoy 30/38 MPG!