2020 Nissan Versa First Impressions; What Are The Right Safety Features? | Talking Cars #226

2020 Nissan Versa First Impressions; What Are The Right Safety Features? | Talking Cars #226


We talk about our early
impressions of the 2020 Nissan Versa, an update to the
federal crash testing program, and do new cars today have
too many safety features? Next on Talking Cars. [THEME MUSIC] Hi, and welcome to Talking Cars. I’m Jennifer Stockburger. I’m Gabe Shenhar. And I’m Jon Linkov. So today we’re going to start
with news about crash tests. So the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration announced this
week that they are going to update the current New
Car Assessment Program, NCAP for when we shorten
it, and these are the crash tests, et
cetera, that give vehicles their star safety ratings,
very important to consumers. So Gabe, any history,
et cetera, on this idea? Yeah. This program
started in the ’70s, and it has seen a few
updates over the years, most recently, back
in the early 2000s, they added side
to the crash test, and they added the static
stability factor as a predictor for rollover propensity. But the reality today
is that the star system, with every car getting fives and
fours, is not discerning enough and is not very
helpful to consumers. And other programs such as the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have eclipsed
what NHTSA does, and they introduce new
tests based on new research, and there is a good
system of differentiation there, which is more
helpful to consumers. Great. They didn’t give a lot of detail
about what the changes were, but if you go back, we commented
on, in 2016, on this same idea. They were working on it
then, which was, again, additional crash tests, this
frontal oblique, more updated dummies that were
more representative of the population, and
then not just doing some of the advanced
safety technologies that we love as just
recommended technologies, but actually including their
availability in the rating much like we do. But they haven’t
gotten there yet. And it’s so funny– you say it started in the ’70s. The rest of the world kind of
emulated the New Car Assessment Program, but have
done, quite frankly– you look at the
European version, the Euro NCAP, they do many
more tests than we do, Jon. You know, the IIHS, Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety, always seems to be
challenging their students, the auto makers, to do better. Raising the curve, yeah. In this way, yes, they all– I won’t say they
all– but you tend to study for the test, tend
to prepare for the test. Don’t go extra if you’re
not to be asked that. But IIHS stops
that in many ways, prevents that, by constantly
upping the ante, so to speak. And unfortunately,
NHTSA’s tests, procedures right now,
it’s kind of, well, I know the tests already. I don’t have to study. And if you look at
ConsumerReports.org and you call up our
vehicle ratings, you’ll see the results. You’ll see that the marginal or
the good for the IIHS results, and then you just
see a lot of stars. And it’s five star, and
five star, five star, and here’s a four. Right. If every passing,
like I said, that’s not really helping you anyway. Also, in terms of
number of models and the time to market, NHTSA,
National Highway Traffic– lags behind the
Insurance Highway. In terms of when they test them? Yeah. And I think that’s important,
that the star ratings, there’s some misconception,
that is not required. That is a consumer information
program very much like our own in that the cars have to pass
mandatory Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard crash tests. This is not a requirement. So they don’t have
to have star ratings. What’s really
interesting given that we buy every vehicle we test,
we get the window sticker, Monroney. It’s named after
the senator who– I think a senator– who mandated having this
consumer information. And plenty of new cars that
you buy, you go and buy right off the showroom floor, it’s
blank for the NHTSA crash tests. You know that they will provide
the bare minimum of safety for, like you said, the Federal
Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Right. That’s so minimal. Right. So capping it all
off, we are very positive to see
this system updated. It is not a standard. So technically they should
be able to move a little more quickly. We’ll see what changes
actually get proposed. We hope it happens soon. For more information
on this, we do have content on our website,
ConsumerReports.org. Moving to From the Track– So this week we purchased and
have begun accumulating miles on the 2020 Nissan Versa. So just a couple of specs, this
is a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, 122-horsepower small sedan,
up from 109-horsepower in the outgoing
version, not huge. It comes with a CVT
or five-speed manual, 35-miles per gallon
according to EPA. It has been a long time
since an update, right Gabe? Yeah. This is the third generation
of the Nissan Versa. But before that, something
about subcompacts in general– I mean, this class of
cars are hard to like. Manufacturers need to
save both cost and weight with these cars. Right. The profit margin is minimal. So you end up with cars that
are kind of noisy, hard-riding, with uncomfortable seats, with
very minimal basic interiors. And for people who are looking
for a good fuel economy, nowadays there’s
hardly any daylight between the fuel economy– I mean, you’re saying
35 miles per gallon according to the EPA. We’re seeing some
midsize sedans, not to mention regular
compact sedans, that get 34-33 miles per gallon. And the hardest
problem for subcompacts is competition from
used cars, much nicer two or three-year-old used cars
that are much more substantial and make you feel like you’ve
got much more for your money, and you don’t feel as
vulnerable on the road. I mean, safety-wise, yeah, I
mean, they pass everything. I mean, they look good in
crash tests these days. But when you’re the smallest
car on the road surrounded by everybody who’s
larger than you, you’re at the disadvantage. Yeah. John did you get in it? Do you find it hard to like? I was gonna say [INAUDIBLE]
[? this is Lincoln. ?] How was the show? I mean, it’s almost the
entire class, and I agree. Everything you said was
on point, because it’s a very tough class. Now, I mean, I was
shocked at the price. Because I think of the
Versa as when they– as base price like
11,000, 12,000. It’s just in your mind of
these very affordable quote, unquote, econo-boxes. $18,900 as tested– excuse me. Yeah, used car, move
up to a compact car. Move into a compact SUV. You’re not going to be
giving up a lot either. That said– Well, Nissan actually
has the Nissan Kicks, which is priced almost not
that far away from the Versa. And that, in fact,
replaced the Versa Note. If you remember, they had
the hatchback conversion of the Versa. Well, and it’s front-wheel
drive because they even said, yeah, we’re not going to make
an all-wheel drive Kicks, because we just want someone
who wants to come out of the small
front-wheel drive car and go into a slightly
taller front-wheel drive car basically. I mean, it’s a fine car. Not to knock anyone who is
going to go and buy this car. It rode well for the class. For its size. Not really noisy for the class. Materials– there are a lot of
hard plastic, but you get that. I’m happy they didn’t
make the dash all soft. You see so many
car manufacturers make the dash nice and soft,
and then there’s a hard elbow. Don’t make the dash soft. Don’t waste money there. I was disappointed. My arm fell into this
really hard plastic piece. So there’s a nice
piece on the door arm rest, like, oh, nice,
soft material, and then hard, and that’s where my arm fell. Of course. Probably the biggest
thing is that our car is has few hundred miles on
it and is already squeak– now, we don’t do
squeaks and rattles from our car for liability,
but it already squeaks a ton. A headliner somewhere. If you’re spending $18,000
or plus of your money, you expect a car that’s two
weeks old to at least not squeak. So that’s disappointing. I’m going to–
and again, I agree with everything you’re saying. It’s not fancy, it needs
more power, all of that. I’m going to put the mom hat on
for a second though and skew– you said the smallest
car on the road– skew a little bit to crash
avoidance in that, agreed, the price range– 14.7 to 18.2– this is a car
where if you are buying new, Nissan has added that
Nissan Safety Shield 360, standard equipment,
automatic emergency braking with
pedestrian detection, lane departure warning. You can get this on
this car as opposed to competitors like
Accent, Fit, Rio, where this is either
optional or not available, as a means of getting– particularly when I say the
mom hat– a young driver into a car with these features
at an affordable price. And simplified controls. There’s nothing fancy in there. I was going to say, they’re
not cost-cutting there either. We use the word detents. Some people may not
know what it is. It’s when you turn a knob
and it clicks in the spot. It doesn’t have flimsy– oh my gosh, I went
from cold to hot. Oh, the heat is
now at level five. It’s rich feeling, a full
function infotainment system. Apple CarPlay. Apple CarPlay, you
know, premium– All those things you would want. With the SV. Yeah. It has– the rear seats, fine
for kids climbing in and out. Speaking of the rear
seats, the Versa used to be the space wonder,
with an amazing rear seat in the first and
second generation, and now it doesn’t
have that anymore. I took my 15-year-old high
school boys to school, and it was a bit tight
in that rear seat. They’re going to– I mean,
for my kids they were perfect. They clamor in and out,
and easy with the doors to get in, a lot of
foot room for backpacks. So certainly a fine small car. It’s just– it’s not a
great category to begin. With so it’s expectations. For the safety information
you’re dead on. For the class, I think that
offering is really great if you’re buying new,
but your budget just says this is where
you’re going to be. I think that’s great. And that’s great, because
a lot of these cars are going to find their
way into rental fleets. Correct. Or, parents that are buying
these cars for their kids. So that’s wonderful. Yes. In the world of rental fleets,
that’s got to be a midsize. No. [INAUDIBLE] So great. Stay tuned. Obviously we will be
testing the Versa, and we’ll have more about it. So we’re going to move
onto audience questions. Keep them coming. We have one video, a
couple written questions. [email protected] I say it every time. We love, love, love them. So the first is
from John in Iowa. Take a listen. Good morning, Talking Cars. This is John from Iowa. I have a 2017 Ford Expedition
with 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost, and my wife has the two-liter
EcoBoost in her Edge. I’m just curious about
the long-term reliability of these engines, and if there
is any preventative maintenance that should be done
over the long-term to keep them running well. Thanks a lot. Keep doing a great job. OK. So John is specifically
talking about a couple of EcoBoost versions
from his Ford vehicles. Jon, any answers for John? So we actually, last year,
right around this time, looked at some reliability
data at small turbo engines. By small, you’re talking
a four-cylinder, maybe some six-cylinders. Like, Ford makes up
a 2.7-liter V6 turbo. OK, 2.7 liters is
small historically for a six-cylinder engine. But that replaces a five-liter– Right, right, right. It replaces a big engine. But some people say, a
small turbo, four or three. No, you have a V6. But our data really showed that
the transmission and engine in both those, both the
two-liter turbo charged EcoBoost in the Edge, and
then also the 3.5-liter V6, they were fine. There’s not any problems,
engine-transmission combination. Really, the biggest
for those model years, the biggest thing that you
see is what you see in a lot of cars today– infotainment
and electrical issues– freezing systems, short cuts
in and out, stuff like that. But to John’s question, nothing
he can do maintenance-wise. No, that’s the thing. That’s the one issue. Maintenance-wise,
do the oil changes. Change the filters. Do the cheap
maintenance that’s going to give you the best return, and
follow what’s in the guidebook. The one thing is that
there is the normal use and the extreme
use, and it tends to be that most people
fall into extreme use, even if they’re doing like–
well, I just drive around town, but it’s those cold
starts and stops and such. Unless if you live
in a dusty area, then you have to change
filters more often, particularly cabin
filters, air filters. And if the manufacturer
calls for synthetic oil, don’t cheap out. Go for synthetic oil. Even if synthetic– again,
it’s cheap insurance is what you say. Yeah. Change the filter and the oil,
and that will go a long way. So sounds like John has a
couple good choices in there. So good. Next is a written
question from Matthew. Can you please talk about
and address the fact that there are too many safety
features that many people think should be standard? These safety systems range
from pedestrian detection all the way to rear
seat child reminders. If all of these systems are
standard, the prices of cars will be much higher
than they are now. These systems also
encourage people to be distracted and operate
a vehicle in an unsafe manner, because they believe that the
car will save them if need be. No one walks next to you
on a sidewalk or rides on the back of your bicycle
and reminds you to be safe. We should not force
automakers to put so many standard features
that no one can afford them. So first of all,
Matthew, let’s be clear that CR, Consumer
Reports, is one of those people who think these
things should be standard. So I just want to
make that clear. We believe many of them
are effective and should be standard. Gabe, do you want
to help Matthew out in working through that logic? Well, of course we’re
all great drivers. So who needs that? But the reality is
that there is going to be a moment that
someone somewhere is going to be distracted. Someone somewhere is going
to have a human error. And if these kind
of features are going to save you from disaster,
then it’s all worth it. And this is progress. I mean, you’re not going
to buy a black and white TV because it’s cheaper
in that right. So as these systems become more
prevalent, the price goes down, they become more mainstream,
it’s easier for a manufacturer to include them, the
consumer awareness grows, and the demand grows. Parts get cheaper,
supply gets cheaper. Exactly. That’s par for the course. Yeah. Jon. Look, don’t chew paint. We can keep lead paint. We don’t need regulations. Don’t have– asbestos
did a great job. We don’t have to
worry about that. Just don’t inhale it. I mean, at some point, something
is there and it’s fine, but you need regulations
at times to spur. Seat belts– manufacturers
weren’t just throwing seat belts in. You had to have regulations. I mean, to Gabe’s point, I
actually unfriended someone who I knew through high-performance
driving school, Audi club, BMW club, because we
got in an argument, and he became insulted
about the fact that– I don’t need these systems. I can brake faster
than any system. I’m a high performance driver. And it devolved into
insults and such. I was like, you can’t– you’re not that great. Even professional
race car drivers will get into a fender
bender on the street. I counter that– and
I’m sure we’ve all had similar discussions,
because we are around people who are drivers, if you will. You’re the best
driver in the world. I’ll give you that. But what about the
person behind you? What if they’re a
terrible driver? What if they’re a
distracted driver? Don’t you want them
to have these systems? It’s the same thing
I say with my kids. You’re not the only
person on the road. If you never need these
systems, that’s fantastic, but you want all the cars
around you to have them. And Gabe, you were
talking about price. There is societal benefits to us
reducing the number of crashes, the number of fatalities,
the number of injuries, in any way we can, be
in our insurance costs, in our medical insurance
costs, all of that comes back around
to benefit everyone when crashes are reduced. Time on the road– I mean, so you’re driving,
a guy slams on the brakes. The person behind you
is not paying attention, doesn’t have automatic emergency
braking, plows into you, you plow into them,
and now you’re caught with the
highway shut down. Yeah. If you’re the guy
stuck back there, you’re annoyed as anybody. Right. In the last few years,
we’ve been driving cars that are equipped that way. And I can attest, I’m not
exactly a lousy driver, and there were a few
times, I’ll admit, that a blind spot
warning helped me. Yeah. Or a forward collision warning
or something like that. Yeah. We’ve said the words. We said the save
my bacon features, and we actually have verbatims
of people in our survey that used the words
saved my bacon. So those are our
thoughts, Matthew. Hopefully that gives
some sense of why we feel so strongly that
these should be standard. But it’s a great counter. It’s a great
consideration anyway. Our next question is from
Boris from Ontario, Canada. In the good old days if
a headlight went out, you’d just buy a relatively
inexpensive replacement and put it in place by
yourself following instructions in the owner’s manual. Nowadays traditional headlamps
are substituted with LEDs even on budget cars. Absolutely true. And usually LEDs are
soldered onto a board that is sealed into an assembly. In such cases,
manufacturers suggest replacing the whole
assembly which, especially in the case of
technically complex headlights, might cost thousands of dollars. Even worse, chances are
that this will happen way after the warranty expiration
and all of the expenses will be on the owner. I’d really like to hear your
opinion on this subject. So being the headlight person– I hope you guys don’t
mind that I keep talking. We’ll just stand over– We’ll stand over here. So yes, the appeal of the LEDs– and he’s absolutely
right, mainstream cars– is longer life,
inexpensive source, smaller source for the stylus. So I don’t think we’ve seen– I put it kind of in
with the EV batteries– a lot of LED source failures. But I will say to
answer Boris, we have a lot of
high-performing halogens, replaceable-bulb halogens, which
he’s couching as traditional, that are still out there. If this is a big concern
of Boris or anyone else, opt for the halogen. It
may need a change in model, but if it’s something
you’re concerned about, there are many
where you can just go to the traditional halogen
replacement bulbs– $20. We have not seen, certainly in
our reliability or anything, a rash of having
to replace LEDs, but they’re still
relatively new. So that would be my
advice for Boris. So hopefully helpful. Question four is
David from Iowa. I’m replacing my
2008 Camry hybrid, and I’m looking for a quieter,
more luxurious car with better ride and handling
for road trips. The new Avalon and
Lexus ES hybrids are obvious choices, though
I’m somewhat concerned they might be too large. I’m also intrigued by a plug-in
or possibly a battery EV. What do you
recommend considering cars and SUVs available now
and those on the horizon? Gabe, thoughts for David. If you like your Camry
hybrids, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t
buy a new Camry hybrid. Your ’08 Camry hybrid
got 34 MPG on our tests, and the current Camry hybrid
gets 47 miles per gallon. So there’s been a huge progress
in terms of hybrid technology. So I bet you’re going
to be happy with that. As to a pure electric
vehicle, I don’t think– barring an Audi
e-tron $80,000, you’re not getting any more comfortable
ride than a Camry hybrid in any existing
electric vehicle. And you’re stopping
more often to charge. Yeah. You’re road-tripping. If You’re road-tripping, same– It’s a different kind of thing. I mean, it requires a lot
more planning particularly for a long road trip. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Jon? So I’m personally not an
Avalon, a Lexus ES fan. I don’t like the current
style, doesn’t suit me well. Honda Accord Hybrid. I’ll see your 47
miles per gallon and match you at 47
miles per gallon. I will concede that the shifter,
the gear selector in the Honda Accord Hybrid, is annoying with
the buttons, but that’s fine. Ride I think is slightly
better we’ve said. It’s a high. And it’s roomy. It’s not huge like
the other ones. So I think the
Accord is a good one. It gives the space, it’s
not gigantic, it rides well, and I like it better
than the Camry. They’re comparable. So yeah, David, pick
whatever you like. Right. I said, and I kind of honed
in on his more luxurious, to do the Avalon hybrid. You’re right. I’ll have to give you
the 42 miles per gallon. But I kind of ticked
off the boxes– 93 road test score,
excellent reliability, excellent owner satisfaction,
standard safety, IIHS top safety pick plus. I always like that it doesn’t
get any better than Avalon hybrid. Easier to use controls
than the Lexus ES. Yes. So that was my
skew to the Avalon. Yes, it’s bigger, but I
think you’ll be very happy. For me, and I am a fan of
those bigger– getting old– but absolutely a
fabulous road trip car. I was trying to figure
out some of the things he was looking for. Like, an SUV, but
he’s doing road trips. Well, if mileage is key,
then you’re not getting that. What are you going to get,
29, 27 in a Highlander hybrid? So that’s why I think
sticking right in that class, those choices can’t go wrong. Right. David, just stick where you’re
at, a little bigger perhaps. So that will do it
for this episode. As always, more information,
see the show notes. Keep the questions coming– [email protected] And we’ll see you next time. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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62 Comments

  1. Some people are willing to put up with small car issues because they get a new car warranty. And some people just gotta have a new car.

  2. Tesla M3 is a vastly superior car in terms of technology and luxury compared to a Toyota. Why would you guys not mention this vehicle if it’s in a similar price category as the Camry?

  3. I disagree with being surrounded by big SUVs. Not in all areas. A lot of people still prefers buying cheaper cars. This car is ideal for students and those people with limited budget. Instead of buying used cars, buy this brand new.

  4. one of my best friends was almost killed on his bike by a distracted driver. if the safety system was in place there would nto have been an accident. Ask these people if they have anyone they love who walks or rides a bike.

  5. Being rear ended for me was so scary that every time I come to a stop I checked my review mirror behind me and when I noticed that people have a camera sensor right above their mirror I know that vehicle has either collision warning or automatic emergency braking or both and it makes me feel just a little bit safer having them come up behind me that a vehicle that I know has absolutely nothing

  6. Crash avoidance is fantastic, but it won't help if the Porsche Cayenne next to you is on the phone and forces you of the road. It's definitely worth moving up to the compact segment based on IIHS statistics.

  7. I really like my stripped down 2014 honda civic manual. It's really good economy car and just good car period. I could care less about soft touch materials or tech that will definitely fail out of warranty and cost you an arm and a leg to fix.

  8. These systems should be standard. The life savings is worth the cost. These vehicles will eventually be in the used market. Hopefully the majority of these systems will be reliable and will not cause drivability issues in the future. Crash prevention/avoidance is more important than vehicle size.

    The versa is a good package for a new driver.

    LEDs do seem to be expensive replacements.
    I’ve read many complaints at $1200 a pop for the Mazda CX-5 LED-DRL each right after 36k.
    2015 Yukon models have LED taillights that burn out causing a whole assembly to be replaced , $750 each.

    I’m really looking at new vehicle technology, and its making me cringe. Civics with adaptive dampers….

    I think she’s my favorite.

    Thanks CR!

  9. One othing that shows all this lane watch assist, auto braking, etc isn't really that helpful in preventing accidents: insurance. Other than stability control and ABS, insurance rates aren't that much better (if at all) with that stuff.

  10. Add another host that is an actual car guy to debate better about the questions because y’all agree with each other too much.

  11. David, I'm pleased you're interested in battery electric vehicles. The driving experience is unlike anything comparably priced ICE vehicles—even hybrids—can achieve, especially when taking into account Total Cost of Ownership (fuel and maintenance).

    Hundreds of thousands of BEV drivers are already enjoying the electric experience and the vast majority vow never to go back to ICE. That ought to tell you something.

    If you are willing to wait another six months to a year, the BEV choices will be much improved. Whilst you're waiting, take some electric test drives and look at the well-to-wheels comparisons between hybrids and BEVs. They indicate that BEVs end up being better for both the environment and the air quality for humans (and other animals) around you, on average in under two years of use. They are also low maintenance and the batteries last at least ten years with little degradation (~10% capacity loss after 200,000 miles is normal for modern battery chemistries but it's continually improving).

    The road trip planning requirement mentioned here is overstated but it does depend on the in-car navigation's awareness of charging options, and the ability to use different charger networks. This is all becoming easier over time, but a quick search online for electric car road trips should give you plenty of viewpoints from existing owners.

    On the flip side, if you install a dedicated charger at home (under $1,000) you can always guarantee you leave the house every morning with 80% for daily use, or 100% for a road trip. Think of the time you'll save by not having to call in at the gas station!

    Have fun with the research, whatever you end up choosing. This is an incredible time to be alive and choosing a new car, with so many novel alternatives available to those willing to take the plunge.

  12. This umm new crash test ummmm is being updated ummmmm so you’re going to see ummmmm some new changes ummmm going forward ummmmm. 🙈😬

  13. I see lots of cars with LED taillights with individual LED failures. Headlights will certainly fail too. They will be expensive to fix.

  14. RE: safety features. My Volvo is too old to have blind spot warning, lane keeping assist and the like. I thought they were superfluous until I drove a rental with them. Lane keeping was sometimes annoying, but the rest were nice to have and the blind spot warning was a useful tool in traffic.

  15. Hate CR for making cars more and more expensive. All they want to do is make driver's worse and rely on systems that don't work themselves most the time

  16. But how many times have those safety features put people in danger? What about the fake fuel saving auto start/stop? What about over aggressive traction control? Human error yes, but what about technology error? How many people don't even look right and left anymore, they just rely on blind spot detection. Obviously Tesla has had some pains when their cars don't recognize the side of a large truck or certain center dividers.

  17. Does the new versa charges like 3k extra from base manual to base CVT like they did with the current gen? If it does, I will get the new gen Honda Fit.

  18. I don't think all these safety features should be standard. I think they should be optional at all trim levels of a vehicle and not just on higher trims.

  19. These nuckleheads would say Mazde Miata is an awsome car and would not mention any of the limitations of being a small car on the road, but when it comes to Versan ohhh it is small, there is not enough room, subcompt category is not the greatest category to begin with ya ya da….

  20. @14:30 that sounds really like conservative and progressive debate. I am glad CR is on the greater good side. For those who thinks they should be able to opt out health insurance until they are old, that is just not how things work. There is a bigger world out there.

  21. All the safety features in the world can't take away the fact that the Renault built Nissan versa has had a horrible reliability record in much worse than average resale value.

  22. I think the newer model civic touring models, with all the little leds on the top and just have a projector, those headlamp assemblies would need to be replaced.

  23. What is the most papa;ing to me is how certain auto manufactures combine certain 'options" one must select in order to get the blind spot monitor/system! I just want a few safety items like the afore mentioned blind spot monitors, perhaps surround view cameras, that really all I need/want. The standard fleet of safety systems seem to be notorious in product placement of the actual systems people use daily and bundle them into the next level of costs/optional safety equipment! Kinda insulting to me. BTW…The Nissan brand overall? I'd just skip them all together! As far as the ford motors go? Of course you change the oil/filters @ a regular timeline! I would go as far as changing them sooner than the manual recommeds! At the very minimum 4K miles or 6 months for any/all oil/filter changes. It may cost a bit more but the long term reliability is paramount for peace of mind.

  24. I own a 2018 Nissan kicks SR, Nissan did an excellent job with the kicks. I might consider buying the 2020 Versa for my daughter.
    No problem whatsoever with the Kicks. 19700 miles.

  25. Fussing bout the versa is the reason why there not making small cars anymore … There are great cars that it completes with … Not everyone wants a tall hatch that have the nerve to call a CUV SUV that gonna get worst mpg …
    SAVE THE SUBCOMPACTS!!! 💪🤣

  26. Your host all do a great job, Jenn is by far my 💛💛💛 favorite 💛💛💛.
    I love the simplicity of my Versa. I loved my back seat. Being taller I no longer fit in the backseat of the new Versa. Stop dropping the roof line, I don't want to go into an SUV. Keep up the advocacy for the consumer.

  27. All this hot air about "safety". What happened to learning how to actually drive a car? Nobody even asks how the government telling us what we can and can't buy is not constitutional. It is a violation of the Non Aggression Principle. In a free society we would choose whether we want to order a car with all this crap.

  28. It seems like lately Nissan replaced the Big Three as the go to manufacturer for rental fleets. I see a lot of Sentras, Altimas, Versas, and Rogues used as rental cars. Back in the 80's and 90's, Nissan used to make really awesome cars. The need to bring their mojo back.

  29. Americans are real bad drivers. We wouldnt need so much safety features if they are safe drivers. We give license to every god damn person just to sell cars so either stricter drivers regulations or put these safety system in.

  30. Isn't it a positive that almost all cars gets four or five stars in crash testing? Doesn't that mean that all new cars are about as safe as each other. Or am I missing something? Sure, make it harder and then all the manufacturers will advance further – but I don't see anything wrong with all cars doing well.

  31. The question from Matthew should hopefully encourage viewers to think about how individuals relate to society. CR and many of its representatives certainly have a more Progressive stance – credit to Jen for acknowledging that. I would like to point out that another perspective exists wherein individuals prefer to exercise their own judgement.

    The term "safety feature" includes a wide range of active and passive systems that are intended to benefit the car owner or other parties. I happen to own a newer car that has most of the available safety tech, and I personally believe some are useful and some are not. Those features come at a cost, so as a Consumer, I would prefer the ability to choose which features to consume, rather than to have a government entity mandate it.

    Finally, to Matthew's point, there is a point of diminishing returns for safety features, beyond which they enable irresponsible behavior. Who hasn't seen other drivers on their mobile phones?

  32. Most recently, I bought a used car specifically to avoid some of the safety systems. I ended up with a backup camera only. I look at the camera and then turn around, look out the back and do my thing.

  33. Subcompacts are hard to like? Huh? I have driving nothing but subcompacts my entire life and love the small size, light weight and sporty handling.

  34. Your comments are sadly becoming much too subjective. Telling someone to buy a small SUV instead of a subcompact is pointless. Stick to helping people make good choices from the car class they are interested in.

  35. There should be some legislation on user replaceable bulbs in the lighting system of cars including instrument cluster and LCD or displays. It's causing cars to become scrap and wasted. Also these modules should have life cycle intention behind it and make them completely recyclable. There should also be more laws protecting the environment when recycling cars. But it would never fly

  36. I agree with people thinking the safety systems got their but so now they can not pay attention like they should. Cars. SUV’s and Trucks still can’t stop a vehicle from Tboning you when you’re not paying attention or rear ending you. We still need to pay 100% Attention and put that Damn Phones Down. Nothing Urks me more then watching moms and dads with kids in the back texting away while driving.

  37. I don't wan't anybody that uses my insurance company to be a smoker.. but "freedom". Car buyers should be able to not be forced to spend more money cause others think we should be forced to have features we don't want.

  38. For the Ford turbo engine don't use the recommended service interval change the oil earlier and give it the Italian tune up now and then.. it prevent turbo surges and waste gate get abit gummed up if you just puttin around town

  39. I Rent a JDM Yaris not the Mazda version sold in the states and the plain old Halogen headlamps were surprisingly superb on dark country road seems they didn't give up style for function.. unbelievable light output from a simple factory H4 style headlamp

  40. For question 3 .. High output Halogen may have to be replaced every 3 years it prevent unexpected burn outs however the cost still won't add up to Led headlamps even after 12 years of ownership..

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