2013 Nissan Versa Sedan Gets Three Transmission Choices, Up to 40 MPG

2013 Nissan Versa Sedan Gets Three Transmission Choices, Up to 40 MPG

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.

  • andrew smith

    I see Nissan has quite the transmission lineup for Versa. I would buy one for my commute but I love the Mazda zoom zoom feel. Do you think they are buying the Nissan auto or making so few of their own design. Reliability shouldn’t cost driving experience. Thanks, Andrew