Last post on Sep 08, 2011 at 12:14 PM
You are in the Nissan Versa
What is this discussion about?
Nissan Versa, Car Safety, Hatchback
#28 of 37 Re: Versa in cold weather? [cph]
Jul 12, 2007 (8:52 am)
I live in Montreal Qc. and frequently drove my versa around town and to ski hills last winter. Snow performance was quite acceptaple with the winterforce (firestone) winter tires I had installed. I braved quite a few snowstorms and the car was still predictable in slippery conditions with the understeer remaining manageable. A limited slip differential would be nice, but those things are not usual in this category.
#29 of 37 Re: Versa in cold weather? [cph]
Jan 14, 2008 (3:31 pm)
Well, we bought the Versa with ABS, based in part on some of the comments here. We have absolutely loved it. We put great snow tires on it, not studded, and the thing has been performing much better than we expected. We live in a pretty rural part of the Northeast and this winter has been very snowy. With the exception of my old Subaru Legacy wagon, this might be the best car I have driven in the snow - including our AWD Forester!
I agree about the wheel wells, though, they really plug up.
So, 5 stars, Nissan!
#30 of 37 Re: Versa in cold weather? [cph]
Jan 14, 2008 (6:24 pm)
What brand/model of tires did you buy? Also, what transmission do you have? I have the 6 manual and am looking for a snow tire.
#31 of 37 Re: Tires [cathy8]
Oct 14, 2010 (7:40 pm)
Do you have continental tires on yours?
By checking on the web, they are well rated and expensive enough to buy.
How is it for starting in cold temperatures and heater defroster performance?
#32 of 37 Re: Tires [crown5]
by pf_flyer HOST
Oct 15, 2010 (3:42 am)
I really don't like the Continentals that came on the Versa. I've always driven with all-seasons (been years since we bought snow tires) and when we bought our 2007 Versa I really noticed a difference in traction. If it got any kind of wet on the road at all, it was time to be very careful. I rotate my tires religiously, and those Continentals were shot after 30,000 miles when I've typically been getting 45-50,000 out of a set of tires. I replaced the tires on the 2007 with Cooper CS4's and got 55,000 out of them with improved traction. First thing I did on the 2010 Versa was to put on a set of CS4's
#33 of 37 Re: Tires [pf_flyer]
Oct 15, 2010 (7:35 am)
Your comments are not strange to me.
Service staff at dealer mentioning Continental tires not being what they are advertised thus not rendering after sale service as expected.
#34 of 37 Re: Tires [crown5]
by pf_flyer HOST
Oct 15, 2010 (7:43 am)
The Continentals were OK on dry pavement, but they started to show unusual wear rather quickly. Since the Coopers lasted not quite twice as long on the same vehicle with the same alignment, I'm going to chalk it up to the Contis not being the greatest tire since sliced bread... at least that model of tire
#35 of 37 Re: Tires [cathy8]
Oct 25, 2010 (5:24 pm)
Had to go to dealer due to vehicle wandering left
All they did was to switch front tires.
So yes, may be something with those tires.
#36 of 37 cold weather/snow performance
Sep 08, 2011 (8:29 am)
I'm looking at the 2012 Versa hatchback, and I live in Buffalo, NY. How does the Versa perform in areas with quite a lot of snow? I currently have a Subaru Outback with AWD and it drives wonderfully in even the worst snowy weather. The Versa doesn't have AWD (and I've never owned a car without it) and I'm concerned it won't drive as well through the snow and ice.
#37 of 37 Re: cold weather/snow performance [joconnor09]
by pf_flyer HOST
Sep 08, 2011 (12:14 pm)
Well I have a 2007 and 2011 Versa, both 6 speed manuals, live in State College, PA (winters, but only occasionally Buffalo-like) and I've run all-season tires and been just fine. Having said that, I'd definitely do dedicated snow tires if I were in Buffalo. I know I would know my limitations facing lake effect snows, even with snow tires. By no means should you expect AWD performance