Our Buy / Drive / Burn today is a trio suggested by yet another reader, This time From SoCal Mikester. Mike wants to see three very affordable compact hatchbacks from 2007. Honda, Nissan, and Psion are all available today, but which one is worth the limited number of $ 2007?
Note: Although 2006 was the proposed model year, Fit was first available in North America in 2007. Play the rest of the game with xA.
Honda introduced a “new” Fit in North America this year, but the first-generation model has been sold elsewhere since 2002 and is scheduled to be replaced. Available only as a hatchback, all North American fits are also front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is also available in the Japanese market). Honda will offer two trims this year, base and sport. Today I choose the sport of manual transmission, but the trim can also be used as an automatic. It produces 109 horsepower with a 1.5-liter in-line 4-cylinder engine and runs on the front wheels in 5th gear. Fit requests $ 15,170.
The Versa is new in the 2007 model of North America, but has been on sale in Japan since 2004. Unlike the Fit, the Versa is offered in the guise of a hatchback or sedan. The all-wheel drive version is available outside of North America, but Nissan only offers front drivers here. Trims are limited to base S or luxury SL, sedans and hatches are at both levels, and there are also manual and automatic transmissions. Our choice today is the SL hatchback with a 5-speed manual, which sells for $ 14,550. Interestingly, Nissan asks buyers whether to choose a hatch or a sedan for the same money, and the CVT adds another $ 1,000. All cars are equipped with the same 122 horse 1.8 liter in-line 4-cylinder.
Psion is between a small hatch in 2007: xA was officially completed last year and xD replacement is not available until the 2008 model. xA was imported until December 2006, so today I will buy the leftovers. The xA has been available since 2004 and the 5-door hatch shared the platform with the unpopular Toyota Echo (2000-2005). In the final year, xA was available in one trim of the unnamed base version. All examples were powered by Echo’s same 1.5-liter in-line 4-cylinder engine, which produced 103 horses. A 5-speed manual or a 4-speed auto was available-I’ll use the manual today. Our trio bargain, xA, demands only $ 12,780.
Three discount Japanese hatchbacks for economy-oriented buyers. Which one will go home with you?
If you have a B / D / B trio you want to see, leave it in the comments!
[Images: Honda, Nissan, Scion]
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Compact 5-door hatchback from 2007
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