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2015 Nissan Micra Order Guide Break Down

There’s something magical about the phrase “...from $9,998.”

A brand-new car for less than $10k gets attention, whether it was the Hyundai Accent a few years ago, the just-repriced (thanks, Nissan) Mitsubishi Mirage or the subject of today’s story, the 2015 Nissan Micra.

It is really hard to push someone toward a used subcompact car when something brand new, with full warranty, can be had so cheaply. But really, how many, outside Quebec, do you think Nissan will sell at that price?

There’s no air, windows are the hand-crank variety and cruise control is just a dream. It’s also a stick, which should be the only transmission considered but the majority of buyers prefer automatics.

All models get the same 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine delivering 109 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 107 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. There’s a choice between a five-speed manual and, wisely considering the small engine, a conventional four-speed automatic. Nissan was wise to forgo the CVT, which is brilliant with larger engines as in the Altima and Pathfinder but with smaller, lower-torque engines, not so much.

What’s cool about the Micra, unlike a lot of other cars on the market, is the choice of transmission remains even when you go upmarket. You can get the stick even in the topline SR model.

That the Micra S with automatic adds air and cruise control is part of why it jumps the base-model’s price by $3,300 to $13,298. It’s also why the S with automatic is probably not the best choice, aside from the fact small cars are always more fun with a stick.

The point of a low-dough new car isn’t to break the bank. And the jump up one level is rather small once you’ve decided you need air conditioning. So that’s why the SV is the...

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The SV is only $400 more than an automatic S at $13,698 and you get power heated side mirrors, body-colour door handles, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, illuminated steering-wheel audio controls, integrated key with remote keyless entry, power door locks, power windows, rear cargo cover passenger’s side assist grip, six-way manual driver’s seat, driver’s seat armrest and upgraded cloth seat and door trim.

Even if you need the four-speed automatic transmission — a $1,000 option at SV and SR trim levels, the price is still below $15k.

I like being surprised when I’m looking through order combinations, and the $500 convenience package stood out. It adds a rear view camera, USB connection port for playing your own music and a 109 mm (4.3 inch) colour display to the AM/FM/CD sound system. If you want to go all out, the SR, at $15,748 with the stick, starts as an SV and adds alloy wheels, sport headlights and taillights, fog lights, black outside mirrors, chrome accents, side sill spoilers, black rear spoiler, chrome exhaust finisher, sport cloth seat and door trim, leather wrapped steering wheel and leather-wrapped gear shift knob (manual transmission only). It includes all the elements from the SR’s convenience package mentioned above.

My choice remains the SV with the stick and the convenience package. I can add alloy wheels for $799 and still be less than $15k.

Nissan has undoubtedly elevated the microcar segment with Micra, and has forced one rival, the Mitsubishi Mirage, to match its base price under $10k. It’s still hard to imagine any new car at $9,998 being much more than a loss-leader, however.

Once you start adding the most desired options, the price starts to look a little, well, normal.

•2015 Nissan Micra SV: $13,698

•Convenience package: $500

•Alloy wheels: $799

•Freight and PDI: $1,400

•Total: $16,397

•Estimated monthly lease: $208 plus tax
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Overall still great value for the money and a car that seems to cost more than it actually is.

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