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Nissan Versa, Scion xA, Hatchback
#22 of 50 I would pick the Scion xA
Jul 21, 2006 (10:02 am)
because I feel like it is more of a car enthusiasts's car. It just seems to be a "funner" package than the 2007 Nissan Versa. However, the new Versa is a good deal and looks to be a comfortable car to drive. I have not driven the Nissan Vera but I have driven the 2006 Scion xA and loved it. I like it's 32 mpg city and 38 mpg highway getup, too.
On the test drive of the xA I brought my 25 y/o son along and he sat in the back seat. I drove and the salesman was in the passenger seat. During the drive, while on I-15 here in eastern Idaho, I looked back and asked my son how comfortable it was back there.
Was there enough leg room?
Was the ride comfortable?
Answer: "Yeah, it is!"
Nuff said. I liked the comfortable feeling of the driver's seat and didn't mind the center guages, though they are kind of a novelty.
The 2006 Scion xA is a real possibility for us. So is the 2006 Kia Rio LX sedan and the 2006 Kia Rio5 hatchwagon. Meanwhile, the 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4 moves nicely along at 116,700 miles now. While driving back from Arizona we got an oil change for the Sporty in Flagstaff, AZ (nice town BTW) and we got a fuel injector cleanout. Wow, what an immediate help for the Sportsman's ghastly mileage. Way better gas mileage now. Over and out.
#23 of 50 Re: I would pick the Scion xA [iluvmysephia1]
Jul 21, 2006 (12:50 pm)
i agree with you, i love the xA!!! more than likely that is the car we will get in the fall, the xB was one of my choice but my husband is worried about the driving in the snow with it
(all the weight in the back and not much in the front)
so that leaves the xA there is one thing i am a bit disapointed with the scions...the color choices...the aveo offers much nicer colors (in my opinion) and since they are targeting the same people (20's----i am 35 but that is beside the point ) scion should offer some fun colors!!
the aveo, rio5hatch, the vibe, the caliber and some other come in that awsome burnt orange..i wish the scion would too
#24 of 50 Re: I would pick the Scion xA [iluvmysephia1]
Jul 21, 2006 (9:36 pm)
Well the biggest difference between the Versa and Xa is the size. The Versa is a bigger car, a co-worker has a Xa and I let her drive my versa, she loved it over her Xa. the A/C in the Xa can not keep the car cool here in PHX, these days and the Versa has more power then the Xa.
BTW, don't judge the mileage that the EPA says the Xa will get you wont get it.
The Xa sent the standard for the subcompact class a couple of years ago but the I like the Versa is a much better car for the money..
Jul 22, 2006 (5:00 am)
do you ever drive down to Casa Grande? The reason I ask is my wife and I were driving back to Idaho and stopped in Casa Grande to stay at a hotel there. While plying Casa Grande's streets in search of food we were stopped at a stop light and a red 2007 Nissan Versa pulled up alongside us. I had never seen one on the streets before. There was a young man driving the bright red Versa...was that you?
I took notice because not only had I not seen one before on the street but that guy didn't have his A/C on(his windows were open)and it was in the upper 90's and humid! We were definitely running our A/C in the Sportsman.
#26 of 50 Re: flightnurse... [iluvmysephia1]
Jul 23, 2006 (6:34 am)
I do get down to Casa Grande for work, twice a week, but mine is Onxy Blue (metallic blue) and I always have my A/C on when I'm driving, I'm getting too old to sweet.
#27 of 50 back in town...
Jul 23, 2006 (6:55 am)
WOW! Back in town after a brief holiday (I am in Europe right now which is why I can't see any of the cars- lots of Ford Focuses though!) So much input, I don't know where to start! Thanks everyone and I'm glad to see the discussion.
Okay, money IS a factor. We want a hatchback, it will be our only car, and I don't know JACK about cars which is why I want something relatively new, reliable and with a good warranty. We are planning on keeping this car for a long while and have thought about having another child in maybe 5 years.
I have only driven an '87 Ford Escort (my first car when I was a kid) and a ZX3 with way too many miles on it and with a crushed seat from a rather plump man looking to sell it. My impression has been pretty bad. But the Focuses are all over here in Germany and the 4-door hatchbacks look extremely roomy. It is a consideration and the resale value is pretty low so I could probably get a good deal on a 2005-2006. The Matrixes are kinda pricey- we're looking to keep it around 12-13k... but I just love the size (and mileage). I don't drive fast- except in my computer games- and am used to the somewhat-underpowered European cars (just sold a 2005 Skoda Fabia 101hp).
I am really up in the air here. I am hearing positive and negative from all sides. I guess we'll just have to test drive. A couple remaining questions:
Is the technology of the Versas so superior to say the xAs? Or Focuses (which I realize are built on older techonology)?
What are my main points of difference between the cars (Versa, xA, xB, Matrix, Focus)?
I really just want a reliable, small family car that gets good mileage and is safe.
Thanks a ton!
#28 of 50 Re: back in town... [lollavid]
Jul 23, 2006 (8:37 pm)
well if resale isn't a major factor then get yourself a 06 Ford Focus, Ford is giving them away, last I saw they has $2500 rebates, PLUS $500 for a total of $3K. The 07 Forcus are out and I'm sure they will deal very well on them.
But the Versa is a better car then the Focus and Xa, with the Versa you get Side Air bags as standard Equipment...
#29 of 50 Re: back in town... [lollavid]
Jul 24, 2006 (9:34 am)
have you look at the kia rio5 hatch? cute little car, it has 110 HP ( a bit more than the xa, aveo, fit and yaris but not the 122hp of the versa) the only one in this category that offers 6 air bags standard! and it is still cheaper that the matrix,it does get 35+ mpg plus if you want to keep it for a long time, kia has a 10yrs/100,000 powertrain warranty, plus "the bumper to bumper" warranty is 5 yrs/60.000...anyways, that is more than any other car maker. at least, give it a "look" it is a car worth putting on your list, order the brochure from the kia website and go see on the rio5 2006+ forum , they all have good comments on the car!!! the same can't be said about the focus, the owners in forums talk about many bad experiences ( sometimes right after purchase)and many of them wouldn't buy that car again...and from what i saw, it is a bit more pricey too.personally, i would not buy a ford car, but that's me
there is also the new dodge caliber, starts at 13.500$ (or close to that price) for the base model,(really it is a BASE model-not much comes with it) and doesn't get as good gas mileage..but the look is nice.it is pretty much the same size as the pontiac vibe and it offers the AWD option but it is $$$ (close to 20.000$ with it)
#30 of 50 Re: back in town... [canuck785]
Jul 24, 2006 (11:53 am)
thx canuck. i am very biased towards Toyotas and (less so) Nissans. The Kia may be a good car, but I know I'll never go that way. And as for the Ford, I am quite certain I won't go there either. Honestly I am at this point just debating between the Scion xA, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Matrix.
#31 of 50 Re: back in town... [lollavid]
Jul 24, 2006 (2:08 pm)
i understand your point of view! my husband is sold on toyotas too. we dont actually own one now due to various reasons, one is that he bough/sold 8 cars in the past yr and he hasn't come across a good deal on a toyota truck lately.
anyways, i will pick a scion more than likely, and that is after doing a lot of research and test driving.IMO they just offer the best quality/value/options/look combo
i just thought i would share of bit of infos i got after looking all over for a car under 15K, that was getting 30+ mpg.
my last thought: i owned a subaru justy in 1989 and this car was SWEET!!! about the same size as a scion, had the AWD option on it,and was getting great gas mileage too. the quality of the justy was without any comparison with the metro, festiva and others sold at that time! i wish this car was still available, i'd buy it without looking at anything else.