YANKS RATE TI­IDA HIGHLY

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — WR.

THE Nis­san Ti­ida has im­pressed the Yanks with its fru­gal­ity. In the 2015 AAA Green Car Guide Cat­e­gory Win­ners, the Ti­ida — which is sold as the Versa in the U.S. — took two top spots in the Best Value Cost-Per-Point Scores, all of which were petrol mod­els. They were:

1. 2014 Nis­san Versa SV

2. 2014 Nis­san Versa Note SV

3. 2013 Hyundai Ac­cent GLS

4. 2015 Toy­ota Yaris LE

5. 2014 Kia Soul+

The first placed Versa SV was $27 (R320) cheaper to run than the fifth placed Kia Soul+. En­gi­neers and tech­ni­cians with more than 100 years com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence eval­u­ated the ve­hi­cles. Each cat­e­gory was scored on 0-10 points. Scores were to­talled to de­ter­mine top ve­hi­cles. Then, each ve­hi­cle’s to­tal score was di­vided by its “as-tested” price to de­ter­mine its cost per point for best value. The guide lists ve­hi­cle spec­i­fi­ca­tions, test scores, data and ob­ser­va­tions in one-page sum­maries. Tested ve­hi­cles were se­lected based on emis­sion cer­ti­fi­ca­tions from the Cal­i­for­nia Air Re­sources Board and U.S. EPA fuel econ­omy rat­ings.

Tests were per­formed at the Auto Club Speed­way in Fon­tana and on South­ern Cal­i­for­nia roads by the So­ci­ety of Au­to­mo­tive En­gi­neers (SAE), the EPA and the Auto Club.

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