Last post on Nov 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM
You are in the Nissan Versa
What is this discussion about?
Nissan Versa, Hatchback, Sedan
#848 of 1276 Re: Sold on Versa, but no VST? [flightnurse]
Dec 16, 2006 (8:49 pm)
VST? That's what robandjeanne call what some refer to as Electronic Stability Control. Many manufacturers have different names for it. I DO agree with what they're trying to say: Nissan/Toyota/Hyundai/Kia and GM (for their rebadged Daewoo Kalos known as the AVEO here) should all offer ESC as an option for their small car segment, or "B" car as it has been generally termed by the automotive press.
IMHO such a thing may be introduced sooner than later in this "B" segment, hopefully.
The Versa would be ideal if it offered ESC optionally, and had ABS standard. For example: The Versa SL liftback is unavailable with ABS in my area, and from what I gather it will be difficult to find a machine with ABS until sometime in February, 2007. That makes a customer go elsewhere, of course, for an ABS equipped small vehicle of this type.
Honda is on the beam, with ABS STANDARD with the Fit. This is the way to go.
#849 of 1276 Sorry, I meant CVT
Dec 16, 2006 (10:31 pm)
I said CVS cars. I was thinking of the pharmacy. BTW, can a CVT owner comment on the transmission when wanting to downshift down a hill for compression braking?
#850 of 1276 Re: Sorry, I meant CVT [duffner]
Dec 17, 2006 (11:23 am)
Regarding the CVT and going downhill, I have noticed that if you take your foot off the accl petal there is a little lag time before there is engine brake and you start slowing down. I drive between Phoenix and Flagstaff, the drive home back down to Phoenix you go down many steep hills, and all I do is take my foot off the Accl Petal and well start slowing down I don't use the (turn off OD button)
#851 of 1276 Re: Sorry, I meant CVT [flightnurse]
Dec 17, 2006 (9:47 pm)
Question #2: When going down the hill in compression braking, can you then feed it gas and also back off the gas to get in synch with some idiot stepping on and off the brakes in front of you? Is it more manageable a transmission then Auto or Manual in this case?
#852 of 1276 Re: Sorry, I meant CVT [duffner]
Dec 18, 2006 (4:58 am)
Anything is possible, but the CVT is something that you need to get use to. At first when I drove a Murano with it I wasn't that impressed, but since getting the versa I wouldn't go back to a manuel or conventional Auto..
#853 of 1276 Re: Sorry, I meant CVT [flightnurse]
Dec 18, 2006 (10:18 pm)
I went to Universal Nissan in Los Angeles today. They were extremely pleasant. I drove a gray CVT, SL model. With 3 people it exhibited a lot of pep. We blasted on to the freeway with plenty of power. It went up and down a steep hill, and compression-braked on its own coming back down. It certainly doesnt have a luxury car ride, but its not supposed to. Its a fine car. Too bad you cant get the options.
#855 of 1276 Re: Crash Test Results [dtownfb]
Dec 19, 2006 (6:37 am)
Sad to say, but I guess you're gonna need all that crash protection, since you can't find 'em with ABS.
#856 of 1276 Re: Crash Test Results [bayoujay]
Dec 19, 2006 (7:24 am)
Yes, however the IIHS results are very impressive in this class, so once the Versa becomes more widely available with ABS, it will offer an excellent safety package.
#857 of 1276 Re: Sold on Versa, but no VST? any deals?
Dec 19, 2006 (7:56 am)
Yes. VST or vehicle stability control is supposed to be required on all cars (in around 5 years?). The IIHS is the car testing group recommending VST. They're in the news for giving the Versa a good rating on crash tests. I guess that rating eliminates any deals that might have been possible on Versa.