A continuously variable automatic transmission is available only on the 2011 Versa SL hatchback, where it is standard, along with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine.
Other 2011 Versa models use conventional transmissions with a fixed number of forward gears. A five-speed manual is standard on the base sedan with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder, and the S sedan and hatchback have a standard six-speed manual and 1.8-liter engine. A four-speed automatic is optional on the base sedan and S models.
That will change on the redesigned 2012 Versa sedan, which goes on sale later this summer. The S sedan will have a standard five-speed manual and optional CVT, and the CVT will be the standard and only transmission choice on the SV and SL models. All 2012 models will use a new 1.6-liter engine. The EPA ratings on the 2012 Versa with the CVT are 30/38 mpg city/highway, topping the manual transmission’s ratings of 27/36 mpg. With the CVT, the 2011 Versa’s estimates are 28/34 mpg.
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