Nissan Micra 2015 to 2019
The first-generation Nissan Micra (also known as the K10) was first introduced to us back in the early nineteen eighties and Canadian sales of the K10 ended in 1991.
Fast-forward to 2014 and a made to order K13 (fourth generation) was reintroduced to Canadians as the 2015 Nissan Micra, after a 23-year leave of absence.
Only sold on this side of the 49th, the 2015 Nissan Micra certainly caught the attention of Canadian car buyers when its brand new start price of just $9,998 was revealed. OK, it was a bare-bones S edition with a 5-speed manual transmission. Yet, still, a very sweet deal for pretty well anything with that coveted “new car smell”.
Nissan did extensive testing to ensure that the 2015 Micra met the unique challenges of our roads and climate. Modifications included steering and suspension revisions, larger (15-inch) wheels, standard heated outside rearview mirrors and additional heater ducts to pass warm air the rear passengers. The 5-speed manual transmission came standard with all three Micra trim levels (S, SV and top-line SR) and a 4-speed automatic transmission was optional on SV and SR.
As the name implies, Micra is small in size, yet big on versatility, as it’s a five-door hatchback with split-folding rear seats. It’s also an agile, fun to drive little car. And to highlight its sporty attributes, Nissan sponsored a Canadian auto racing series exclusively for owners of a stock Micra S, called the Nissan Micra Cup.
The V-Type platform that unpins Micra positions road wheels on the far corners of its frame, in order to provide optimal handling and stability. This also increases inside passenger space, plus large door openings make it easier for occupants to enter and exit and its high roofline is designed to give taller passengers ample headroom.
The one and only engine is a compact and lightweight DOHC 1.6-litre 4-cylinder that features dual fuel injection and Continuously Variable Timing Control systems, in order to increase power and fuel efficiency. So, not only is Micra inexpensive to buy, it’s also inexpensive to run. Combined city/highway fuel consumption is rated at 7.9 L/100km, and 8.0L/100km with the automatic transmission. So, its total average annual fuel bill is estimated to be $2,080.
Every Micra is fitted with a surprisingly high level of safety equipment. Primarily these include Nissan's Advanced Airbag System, an immobilizer key system, pipe-style steel guard beams in the side doors and a vehicle dynamic control system. That said, if you plan to buy a used Nissan Micra, check that the following issues have been corrected:
- Some 2015 Micra vehicles have a defective driver's (front) airbag inflator. Dealers will replace the airbag inflator, if vehicle is included in the safety recall.
- Dealers will modify a lower trim panel on certain 2015 Micra vehicles where the driver's foot or shoe could contact an edge and impede smooth accelerator pedal operation, or delay the driver shifting their foot from the accelerator to the brake pedal.
- A bad connection at a side airbag sensor on some 2015/16 & ’17 Micra vehicles may cause unintended curtain airbag, seat-mounted side airbag and seat belt pretensioner deployment. Dealers will install a jumper harness and replace the side airbag sensor with a new one.
- In some 2017/18 Micra vehicles equipped with a mechanical key ignition system, a spring in the ignition switch may wear, break and then shut off the engine. Dealers will inspect the lot number of the ignition switch and will replace defective switches. Owners are also advised to remove heavy objects from the ignition key ring.
- The rear-view camera system on some 2018/19 Micra vehicles does not return to its default setting when the transmission is shifted to reverse. Nissan has notified owners by mail and dealers have a software update for the rear-view camera system.
The Nissan Micra is often suggested as a new car buying alternative to a used car.
Typical prices (March 2020) for a used Nissan Micra:
2015 Nissan Micra SV/auto: $8,000 to $9,500
2016 Nissan Micra SV/auto: $9,000 to $10,500
2017 Nissan Micra SV/auto: $10,000 to $12,000
2018 Nissan Micra SV/auto: $12,000 to $14,000
2019 Nissan Micra SV/auto: $13,500 to $15,500