When you're in love with the least expensive car, but also want to splurge a bit.
Stop us if you've heard this one before: the Nissan Micra is the cheapest new car you can currently buy in Canada. A lot of you may already know that, and the teeny tiny hatchback still holds that crown for the 2017 model year, with a base MSRP of $9,998. But what if you're in love with the Micra, but also want to splurge a bit? We've counted the beans, and a top-of-the-line Micra with all the fixin's will set you back $20,999.
That's right – by opting for the highest SR trim and checking off a list of accessories boxes that would make even Porsche reps nod their heads in approval, you can more than double the price of a base Micra.
The SR trim starts at $16,188 – already a huge jump compared to the lowest-priced S trim – and customers can opt for a $1,000 four-speed automatic transmission if they don't like rowing gears on their own. There are also a few exterior paint options that cost an extra $135.
There aren't any specific option packages available per se, but there's a slew of accessories from which to choose. If you want your Micra to stand out in a crowded parking lot, several body pieces – including door handles, side mirror covers, and wheel caps – can be finished in different colours. If you're one of those people with an "active lifestyle," you can purchase a ski/snowboard carrier ($287), or bicycle hitch mount ($389).
There's also an emergency kit ($70), license plate frame ($55), and paint pens ($14) for touch-ups, but we're confident you can get some or all of those thrown in with the purchase of your car if you make sure to say plenty of "please" and "thank you's" to the salesperson.
You could theoretically add $3,811 worth of accessories onto this Nissan hatchback, which is well over a third of the price of a Micra S.
All Micras come with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. They also have enough seatbelts to carry up to five occupants, so there's that.
Sold in markets around the world, the fifth-generation Micra (pictured here) has been released in other countries, though Canada is staying pat with the version it's been selling since the 2015 model year. We're plenty curious to see if it will continue with that sub-$10,000 price tag for the coming years.