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Versa: Miserly on gas, not performance

Francisco Mendoza, who’s in charge of internet sales at Tracy Nissan, says the 2013 Versa is right car to handle the escalating gas prices.


POSTED October 10, 2012 7:28 p.m.

TRACY – The 2013 Versa subcompact might be the right car for the times.

That’s with gas prices hovering near $5 per gallon, says Francisco Mendoza of internet sales at Tracy Nissan, 3195 Naglee Road.

He showed off the SV sedan model equipped with the 60/40-split rear seat, cloth door trim, chromed interior door handle / painted shift knob, and driver’s side armrest.

But where it counts, the Versa gets improved gas mileage from that of the previous year. Try 35 miles per gallon – on the average – including 40 mpg highway and 31 mpg city.

Part of the reason for that is the 1.6-liter double overhead camshaft, 16-valve, four-cylinder engine with Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission.

The SV model has front and rear stabilizer bars, power-assisted front disc / rear drum brakes, and 15-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers.

Safety features include driver and front passenger, side-impact, and curtain airbags; lower anchor and tethers for children latch; anti-lock brakes; traction control system; vehicle dynamic control; and tire pressure monitoring system.

Inside this subcompact is a six-way adjustable driver’s seat,  AM/FM/CD/Aux-in audio system with four speakers, power door locks with auto-locking feature, cruise control, and remote trunk release.

On the outside, the Versa sports a chrome front grille and door handles, chrome multi-reflector halogen headlights, and rear spoiler with the LED high mount stop light.

This Nissan also comes in the 1.6 S and 1.6 SL trims.

More information on the Versa and other models can be obtained by calling Tracy Nissan at 209-820-6000 or logging on to

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