2014 Nissan Versa SR Super Gallery (30 Photos)

 

2014 Nissan Versa SR

Twenty-odd years ago, Nissan established itself as the Japanese sportscar brand. It did so not with sporty go-fasts like the 300ZX and 240SX coupes, but with a pair of staid, boxy sedans: the V6-powered Nissan Maxima SE and the Nissan Sentra SE-R. Especially the Sentra SE-R. For 2014, Nissan is hoping to recapture some of that car’s magic by breathing some enthusiastic life into its cheapest offering and creating the 2014 Nissan Versa SR.

Lots of industry “experts” who were still in diapers while I was in college (and, yeah, possibly also in diapers- depends on the girlfriend) have already weighed in, saying the SR isn’t a worthy successor to the old SE-R. They might be right, but that doesn’t mean the SR isn’t worthy of your money.

First, take a look at the new Nissan Versa SR. It’s not a terribly bad-looking little car, if you can imagine it without that awful red/orange/maroon metallic paint.

Next, consider that the legendary Sentra SE-R was powered by a 140 HP 2.0 liter engine mated to a 5 spd. manual transmission. In contrast, the 130 HP Nissan Versa SR makes do with “only” 130 HP, but that’s mated to a CVT that will keep the Versa at its peak output and shift around it- compared to the 7500 rpm redline of the classic SE-R.

Does that mean the 2014 Nissan Versa is a match for the old Sentra SE-R on a racetrack? No, but it’s not as far off as you might think- and, like just about any car in 2014 compared to its 1991 equivalent, the new Versa is safer, has cleaner emissions, gets better gas mileage (39 MPG vs. 29 MPG, and that’s using the “old” EPA rating), and is cheaper to buy ($18,690 in 2014 vs. $11,720 back in 1991, which works out to $20,413 in 2014 dollars at 2.44% inflation). Keep in mind, too, that SE-R won’t connect to Bluetooth, won’t have a CD player, and- because of its smaller 14″ wheels- is at a serious traction deficit to the SR.

Adding the 2014 Nissan Versa SR’s standard VDC traction control to the equation would likely spell doom for the SE-R on most racetracks in the hands of most drivers- auto journalists included. In the rain? Forget about it- the SR would win hands-down.

So, is the new Nissan Versa SR a worthy successor to the 1991 SE-R? We’ll have to check back again in twenty years or so and see if the young turks of the next generation are rushing to its defense the way the young turks of this one are rushing to champion the cause of the SE-R. Until then, here’s ALL the official press pics Nissan gave me at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

 

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Original content from Gas 2, photos courtesy of Nissan.





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  • moseslonn

    I sure would like to see a real world comparison with the Honda Fit. They look awfully similar. And they both look just right for my world – especially if I can sick a kayak on top and a bicycle inside.

    • OOoh … have you been looking at my March calendar? Expect that very thing soon!

      • moseslonn

        Just spoke with my dealer. Versa SR and the diesel Frontier will be here in MAY!! 2015. 🙁

        • May 2014. It’s on Nissan’s site, so you can configure yours today … as for your dealer, he’s trying to sell you what he has on the lot, not what you want.

          Amazingly, some car salesmen lie. I know, I know- you’d think that would be some kind of pop-culture trope if it was true, but it’s actually true. Some people are horrible, and they get jobs all over the place.

          • moseslonn

            SR wasn’t on the configurator when I looked. I’ll check again. Why would he push me into a Honda Fit! I mean he was a car guy! He seemed like such a nice fellow…

            Yes on horrible people with jobs. I usually get them for bosses.

          • I can’t find it now, but I was on the press site. In any event, here’s the SENTRA SR … Versa should be up there in May-ish.

            http://www.nissanusa.com/cars/sentra/versions-specs/version.sr.html

          • Phoghat

            they get those jobs BECAUSE they’re horrible,
            I was a pharmacist for 45 years and retired, thought it would be fun to sell cars, no, it was not

          • I don’t buy that ALL car salesmen are horrible any more than I buy that ALL pharmacists are pawns of the pharma companies.

          • Phoghat

            absolutely true, but it’s a cut throat business, and most salesman cut each other’s throats to make a buck

  • The biggest question I have is: will Nissan build an EV version? Nissan needs to double down!

    • I don’t see how an EV version makes sense? It’s about the same size and shape as the Leaf … maybe a bigger EV, yeah.

      • It is quite a bit smaller than the Leaf, I think, and it may have better aerodynamics; or at least more potential for lower drag.

        Nissan needs to offer several EV’s – smaller and bigger than the Leaf, and maybe bring the e-NV200 to the USA, as well.

        • You are correct, Neil- the Versa is almost 12″ shorter than the Leaf. Weird.

          • I think the Leaf is also 3-4″ wider than the (older) Versa model. Even though the Leaf mule was a Versa, the Leaf platform is different than the Versa.

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  • It looks like this new version of the Versa is better in many ways than the previous one; but I wish that Nissan had figured out how to have a flat floor when the rear seats are folded down.