When we arrived in Las Vegas we had booked a small car from Hertz. It was the Nissan Versa, 2010. It only had 6,000 miles on the clock. The color was white. We only wanted a car because our timeshare was 2.5 miles from the Strip.
We only had 2 carry on bags, and 2 computer bags, to put in the back of the vehicle. Len drove from the airport, so he adjusted the seats, the mirror, and side mirrors. I watched as he backed it out of the alloted spot.
It was an automatic, and had the gear selection in between the seats. I was surprised because when I went to rest my arm on the rest, there wasn’t one.
This little car, had some get up and go. Almost immediately we went onto the interstate, and Len had no problems keeping up with traffic, and changing lanes.
Our timeshare was only six and a half miles from the airport, so it only took us minutes to find it. We parked up and put the alarm on.
When we next drove the vehicle is was daylight, and we had a chance to look around it. It was the 1.6 liter basic car, but it did have automatic, which I believe doesn’t come standard on this model.
Upon looking in the glove compartment I found a manufacturer’s price list, and it stated $9,999 + the extras. I thought it to me a good car for that price.
We drove to the Las Vegas Strip in it several times, and even with a G.P.S. system, sometimes you lost a road to a right turn only, and I have to say how easily this vehicle was to handle.
Twice we drove on the Interstate, and it certainly had a lot of poke for a small car. We were keeping up with the traffic, including the crazy taxi drivers. The drive was comfortable, and so were the seats. The brakes worked great, and we found it to be a good ride.
It was great parking in the self parking garages behind the casinos. Often we had to go up to the 3rd or 5th level. This was so much smaller than both our vehicles, that it was great to park.
Some information from the website that I wouldn’t have any idea about:
MR18DE – 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower – 122 hp @ 5,200 rpm
Torque – 127 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Emissions – ULEV
Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) on intake valves
Nissan Direct Ignition System
Iridium-tipped spark plugs
Electronic drive-by-wire throttle
Front engine/front-wheel drive
4-speed automatic transmission
Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission)
11.02″ vented front disc/rear drum brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
Suspension and Steering
Front: Independent strut suspension with stabilizer bar
Rear: Torsion beam suspension with integrated rear stabilizer bar
Ripple-control shock absorbers
Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering.”
All I know is that we picked it up around 11.00 p.m. on the Friday night, and returned it at 9.00 p.m. the following Thursday. With all the driving we had done, we only put in just over a gallon of gas. This little car must have done 45 miles to the gallon. I am totally blown away because on the website it states:
City 28. Highway 34 miles to the gallon.
This is the least amount of gas I have ever purchased.
When we returned the car to Hertz, we just pulled up in the parking garage, a lady came and sat in the car, and then gave us a receipt.
The car for a week was $129.00. The actual rental cost was around $77 and the rest was all the other costs they tag on.
Both Len and I enjoyed driving this car, and when my Kia Optima gives up on me, I would certainly think about purchasing one. For around $10,000 I feel you get a good little car.