It’s about five times more expensive than the Tata Nano, but the Nissan Versa maintains its unique position in the automotive industry. Including a $790 destination charge, the 2013 edition of the subcompact sedan is the cheapest new car in the United States with a beginning price of $12,280.
The Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic all have entry level prices of less than $15,000. But the Nissan Versa retains its current status despite an increase of $1,100 from the 2012 model.
The top-of-the-line 2013 Nissan Versa sedan starts at $17,380, including shipping, which places it higher than comparable models of key competitors from Hyundai, Ford, Chevrolet and Honda.
Nissan recently announced improvements for the updated 2013 Nissan Versa include a Versa sedan 1.6 S AT model with four-speed automatic transmission and a Versa sedan S Plus model.
The 2013 Versa sedan 1.6 S AT starts at $13,780, including shipping. The 2013 Versa sedan S Plus with a continuously variable transmission starts at $14,480, including shipping.
The Tata Nano, which debuted a few years in India, grabbed international attention when it assumed the title of “world cheapest car” with a price of about $2,500.
Article Last Updated: September 8, 2021.
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