Eric's Autos: 2021 Nissan Versa
It's interesting to take note of evolving definitions and standards. In 1990, the Honda Civic sedan was categorized as a compact, but by today's standards, it would be considered a subcompact and a much smaller car than the 2021 Nissan Versa sedan ... which is categorized as a subcompact sedan by today's standards.
The Versa's got a larger trunk and more room for the driver and front seat passenger and a bigger, much stronger engine under its hood than the "compact" Civic had.
In addition to that, it's still a car -- a thing that's becoming hard to find as crossovers take over. These crossovers are also more expensive than cars like the Versa, which you can buy for under $15k without even haggling over it.
Which may be the most interesting thing of all!
What It Is
The Versa is Nissan's most affordable -- and technically subcompact -- sedan, one notch down from the Altima and two notches down from the Maxima.
It is also just about the most affordable new car you can buy.
The base S trim stickers for $14,930 and comes standard with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission; you can swap that out for an automatic Continously Variable Transmission, which bumps the price up to $16,600.
There are also SV ($17,740) and SR ($18,340) trims, both of which come standard with the CVT automatic.
Its main rivals are other $15k-ish small sedans such as the Hyundai Accent ($15,395 to start) and Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ($15,295 to start).