For the 2013 model year, Nissan is updating its Versa sedan model with a reprogrammed continuously variable transmission (CVT) for better fuel efficiency, and adding a four-speed automatic transmission option.
The addition of a four-speed automatic option is undoubtedly a little strange, considering the Japanese automaker already offers a CVT automatic and a five-speed manual option. But the addition makes the Versa sedan a more versatile model in the marketplace, since the CVT demands a $2,130 premium over the standard five-speed manual, while the four-speed automatic will likely be offered for a $1,000 markup.
As for the reprogrammed CVT, the automaker promises an increase of two mpg on the highway, bringing its rating to 31 mpg city, 40 mpg highway. The five-speed manual will see 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway numbers, while the four-speed automatic is promised to deliver 25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway. It almost seems as if the CVT is a better investment, considering the price premium will pay itself off over a couple of years in gas money.
The outside of the Versa sedan model will also receive a new decklid spoiler and updated underbody ducting. Official pricing information should be released closer to the August launch of the 2013 Versa.