The 2020 Nissan Versa tests the limits of content in a value-driven segment

16 Aug
2020 Nissan Versa First DriveThe average transaction price for a new car is now more than $37,000. For those with access to low-interest, long-term loans, that's not too difficult to stomach. In the real world, not everybody is in that position. Some need new-car reliability and the peace of mind brought about by the accompanying warranty, and they need to do it for...

Toyota eyes trimming passenger car lineup to boost profits

13 Nov
2019 Toyota YarisToyota's coupes and small cars could be inching their way toward the chopping block. Automotive News reported Monday the automaker will look to end production of some cars. The news is hardly as drastic as Ford's decision to cut every passenger car from its lineup (save for the Mustang) to focus on trucks, SUVs, and crossovers. However, North...

More Nissan Versas added to Takata airbag recall

6 Aug
2010 Nissan VersaA handful of 2007-2008 Nissan Versa subcompacts have been added to the growing list of vehicles fitted with faulty Takata airbag inflators. Nissan last month said that it had identified 233 Versa sedan and hatchback models with passenger-side airbag components that could explode. The cars were inadvertently not included in an earlier recall of the...

2018 Hyundai Accent, 2018 Kia Rio pass stringent IIHS crash test

6 Jul
2018 Hyundai AccentThe redesigned 2018 Hyundai Accent and 2018 Kia Rio subcompact cars scored a key win in the IIHS' challenging small-overlap frontal crash test, garnering a "Good" rating for the driver side and an “Acceptable” rating for the passenger side, the insurance industry-funded organization said Tuesday. The small-overlap test simulates impact...

2018.5 Nissan Versa adds safety, convenience tech for modest $200 price hike

11 May
2018 Nissan VersaAt the proverbial eleventh hour, the budget-friendly 2018 Nissan Versa has gained $200 worth of additional safety and convenience gear: a rearview monitor paired to a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a USB input. That additional equipment adds $100 to $200 to the Versa's base price, depending on the trim level. The least-expensive...

Despite rumors, 2019 Chevrolet Sonic to return to showrooms

7 May
2018 Chevrolet SonicDemand for crossovers and SUVs hasn't spelled the demise for one subcompact car despite rumors to the contrary. A Chevrolet spokesman told The Car Connection Monday that the bite-size Chevy Sonic will be on dealer lots for the 2019 model year. "Sonic will indeed be sold to both retail and fleet customers for 2019 model year," Chevrolet spokesman...

2018 Fiat 500 Urbana: the citified subcompact car

26 Mar
2018 Fiat 500 UrbanaFiat will roll into the New York auto show this week rocking a new urban-inspired package option designed to dress up its 2018 Fiat 500 hatchback, the automaker said Monday. The appropriately named Urbana Edition was inspired by a similar package already available on the Fiat 500X crossover. On the 2018 500, the package features black-trimmed...