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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 11/03/2011

Reader Review of the Week: 2012 Nissan Versa


“John” from Maine recently bought a 2012 Nissan Versa sedan and is not very impressed so far. Although the small car is perfectly fine around town, it is downright dangerous on the highway, he says. Other drivetrain characteristics bug him, too. Continue reading the full review to find out more. Once you’re done, write a review about your own car  here .

“This car has a very cushy ride that impresses on short, leisurely drives around town, but take it out on the highway, especially on a windy day, and you'll kiss the ground when you get home. This car is all over the road at highway speeds. It lurches from side to side and feels like the steering linkage is made out of rubber bands. It's exhausting to drive for any length of time and frightening at times on the highway, especially when the wind is blowing.

“The CVT transmission is annoying and unpredictable. I never know what it's going to do when I step on the gas. It sometimes shutters and hesitates when I accelerate depending on how and when I step on the gas. It also revs the engine a lot on long uphill and downhill grades, very annoying! The overall driving characteristics of this car are poor at best, and at worst, almost dangerous in my opinion.

“The high-end SL doesn't have any storage bins, center armrest/bin, hooks or handles above the windows and no outside temp gauge, all pretty much standard on most cars and sorely missed. I'm really disappointed with this car and will get rid of it ASAP. Do yourself a favor and give it a really good, long test drive on the highway before you buy. I wished I had!”

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