The outgoing Nissan Versa had the distinction of being the cheapest new car in America and reaching more driveways—or perhaps just more rental fleets—than any other car in its class. But while it was popular, it lacked personality and style. Now, however, Nissan atones for those automotive sins with the all-new Versa, which has vastly improved over its predecessor.
Starting at $15,, the Versa is no longer the least expensive new car in the U.S., but the subcompact sedan's freshly creased sheetmetal and class-exclusive features warrant the $ added to its base price. Likewise, our first hands-on experience verified that the Versa finally measures up to less popular but more sophisticated rivals, such as the Hyundai Accent and the Toyota Yaris sedan.
HIGHS: Redeemed styling, ample standard features, respectable from behind the wheel.
The Versa has transformed from unquestionably homely to universally handsome, with details cribbed from the attractive Altima and the spunky, if silly, Kicks crossover, which fills the gap left by the dead-for Versa Note hatchback. Among the Versa's three trim levels (S, SV, and SR), we split our time between the mid-level SV—painted in Nissan's dazzling Electric Blue Metallic—and the top-of-the-line SR, which wears the first factory-offered inch wheels ever fitted to a Versa.
Inside, the new Versa benefits from smoother-grain plastics and more attractive seat fabric compared with the old car. And Nissan upgraded the switchgear, trading the chintzy dials for sturdier knobs.
LOWS: Higher price, smaller back seat, still painfully slow.
Unfortunately, the back seat lost its previously spacious accommodations, with legroom shrinking by six inches. Some of that space—about three inches of it—went to front-seat passengers, but our comfort was compromised in both locations.
We also wish the voice-recognition software (on SV and SR trims) understood our commands and that the inch touchscreen responded quicker to inputs. Apple CarPlay alleviated both of these concerns during our brief drive, but it's not available on base models.
One of our biggest gripes with the previous Versa was its indifferent on-road demeanor. Sure, it was comfortable, but the driving experience lacked the vigor of the pragmatic, if stale, Accent and Yaris. The new Versa improves on this with a pleasantly firm ride, accurate steering, and a progressive brake pedal.
The dampers no longer allow the sedan to topple into corners, and they help the car maintain a civil attitude on uneven surfaces. No one will mistake the Versa for an enthusiast's car, but this extra dash of driving verve goes a long way. It's also safer: Every new Versa offers automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high-beams, and lane-departure warning.
Another notable improvement is the powertrain's newfound refinement. The Versa still uses a naturally aspirated liter inline-four, but an increased compression ratio helped Nissan extract another 13 horsepower and seven lb-ft of torque, totaling and , respectively. That said, the Versa remains painfully slow, both when we flattened the right pedal leaving a stoplight and when we tried passing on the highway.
The updated Xtronic CVT effectively mitigates engine drone by mimicking real gearchanges. EPA combined fuel economy in CVT-equipped models is up 1 mpg, to 35 mpg, and the CVT's reinforced belt yields better response below 25 mph. The old five-speed manual carries over as standard equipment, though it's only on the S trim, which we didn't drive.
While many automakers are replacing cars with crossovers, Nissan still believes in sedans and says its research shows that younger buyers want them. If it's right, and if those shoppers seek a stylish subcompact with active safety features, Nissan's Versa might gain some traction beyond the fleet buyer's office.
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Nissan Versa Features
"It has a very good safety score and a nice interior, but it suffers from poor acceleration and dull handling." - Cars.USnews
The Nissan Versa Sedan is offered in three trim levels: S, SV, and SR. All the trims come standard with a four-cylinder engine paired with an FWD drivetrain. And just like its hatchback counterpart, the Versa Sedan comes standard with a CVT. The base trim is equipped with only the bare minimum features. It gets a 7-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity as standard. If you are looking to buy a new car with a warranty while spending really little. The base S trim fits the bill. The mid-spec SV trim brings in cloth upholstery, power windows, and cruise control for an additional expense of $
The SV comes equipped with keyless entry, a height-adjustable driver's seat with an armrest, NissanConnect with mobile apps and a 7-in color display, Divide-N-Hide storage, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with auxiliary audio controls, and Siri Eyes Free. Although SR has a lot more to offer, SV offers great versatility for a minimal price.
liter DOHC valve 4-cylinder engine
Integrated Key with remote keyless entry
16" x " 5-split spoke aluminum-alloy wheels
Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System
Upgraded cloth seat trim
Sport side sills
7" touch-screen display
Upgraded Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges with trip computer and outside temperature display
Bluetooth streaming audio
Power windows with driver’s one-touch auto-down feature
Rear roof spoiler
Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition
Rear window defroster
The base S trim is short on features, and the best it has to offer is the standard 4 speaker sound system with Bluetooth. So, if you want value for your money, upgrade to SV trim as it has a lot more to offer than the base trim.
Nissan Versa Engine and Performance
“With a meager horsepower four-cylinder engine, a nontraditional continuously variable transmission (CVT) and uninspiring handling, the Versa Note offers little in terms of performance. This is strictly a point A to point B car with minimal entertainment in between.”-Edmunds
Engine dimensions of the Nissan Versa
The Versa Sedan is powered by a liter inline-four engine. The small motor is rated for horsepower and lb-ft of torque. Gear shifting duties are done by a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The engine is underpowered, it struggles to move almost lbs. of the sedan. So it will take some time before you reach decent speeds.
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The Versa sedan can be used as a city commuter. Nissan Versa’s power output is the lowest in the segment. You would be better off with selecting something a little more powerful. However, there is nothing more powerful available in the segment of cars considered.
Acceleration of the Nissan Versa
Nissan Versa Note is not going to win you any races. The zero to sixty mph is run in seconds and the quarter-mile is passed in seconds. It takes painfully long to achieve decent speeds. The CVT drones while doing higher speeds. There isn’t much to say about the Nissan Versa.
The Versa Sedan can tackle city driving but it is a different story when it comes to highway driving. You need to plan your overtaking maneuvers well. You will also need to floor the gas pedal and overwork the little engine, a lot more than any other sedan.
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Most of the cars in this comparison achieve their zero to sixty mph run in the subsecond window. All the other cars in consideration are faster, the Hyundai Accent being the quickest at seconds, while the Ford Fiesta and the Toyota Yaris take and seconds each.
Ride and Handling of the Nissan Versa
The Nissan Versa doesn’t score high on the fun factor. The Versa doesn’t respond well to any enthusiastic input from the driver. Although the steering wheel has been weighed nicely, the tall body means a lot of body roll when you corner. The Versa has been equipped with skinnier tires in favor of fuel efficiency which takes away all the fun you can have.
The driving experience is best described as serene. There’s no engine noise, or for that matter, the whine associated with electric motors that you might have experienced with earlier electrics. You might hear some far-off wind and tire noise, but that’s about it. Unlike the first generation to bear the name, the Leaf feels more substantial.
Braking of the Nissan Versa
The Versa also follows the industry trend of using discs brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. Versa Sedan covers feet before coming to a halt from 70 mph. The Toyota Yaris has the best in comparison stopping power.
Brake Rotors Front (in)
Brake Rotors Rear (in)
Curb Weight (lbs)
The Yaris covers about feet to come to a halt from a speed of 60 mph. On the other hand, the Hyundai Accent takes feet to come to a standstill. This is despite a brake rotor size of 11 inches for the front wheels of the Accent.
Nissan Versa Fuel Economy
"The Versa with the CVT gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway." - Cars.USNews
The Versa’s small engine lacks power and to compensate for this shortage it is pushed to the limits on a regular basis. Versa offers a combined fuel economy of 36 miles to the gallon. If we consider the competition, the Versa sedan's fuel economy could have been better than the Accent if the engine wasn’t overworked so often.
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)
In comparison, the Ford Fiesta has the largest fuel tank, measuring gallons. However, it doesn't have the best fuel efficiency, it returns a fuel economy of 27/35/30 for the city/highway/combined. The best-in-class fuel economy is delivered by the Hyundai Accent, measuring 33/41/36 for the city/highway/combined ratings.
Nissan Versa Interior
“No Versa has an especially dressy interior. Hard plastic surfaces dominate its dashboard and doors. The carpet has a distinctly budget feel and even the cloth upholstery on all trims don’t impress.”-TheCarConnection
Seating and Comfort of the Nissan Versa
The Versa isn’t about luxury, Versa doesn’t try to hide its low price tag. The hard plastic trim is all around. The upholstery is thin and Versa’s cheapness is evident. The droning sound of the CVT can unpleasant while traveling long distances. Versa is equipped with a softly tuned suspension that soaks all the bumps and road undulations, pretty well.
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)
Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)
In spite of its smaller dimensions, the Versa has loads of interior space on offer. The front headroom (inches) is easily one of the best in the segment. Even the rear seats have decent space, at inches rear headroom is smaller than most of the competitors in the segment.
Interior Features of the Nissan Versa
The Nissan Versa offers a modest list of interior features. Some of these features are mentioned below:
- 7" touch-screen display
- 4-way manual driver's seat
- 60/40 Split fold-down rear seats
- Cloth seat trim
- Silver accents on dash and vent rings
Infotainment of the Nissan Versa
The Versa is offered with a 7-inch touchscreen display and a four-speaker audio system. The infotainment system is an example of a bare-bones setup with aux input and Bluetooth phone connectivity. The response time is better than most of the popular smartphones.
The interface is intuitive to use and comes loaded with the following tech :
- Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
- Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
- Satellite radio
- Four USB ports (two front, two rear)
- A six-speaker audio system
Cargo Capacity of the Nissan Versa
The Nissan does well when you need to store items in the trunk. The hatchback offers cu-ft. of trunk space. The 60/40 split-folding rear seats can be folded to increase the cargo volume even further. The Versa doesn’t have many cubby spaces for storing items inside the cabin.
The largest cargo space on offer is the Nissan Versa, measuring cubic feet. The next best space on offer is offered by the Hyundai Accent. The Toyota Yaris gets a cargo room of cubic feet and ranks third for the same. The least offering is by the Ford Fiesta, measuring cubic feet.
Nissan Versa Exterior
“We’ve already put forward the argument that hatchbacks can be more aesthetically pleasing than their sedan siblings. It could quite easily ring true in this case. Short overhangs, sculpted doors and a large rear spoiler above the rear window (on the SR model) convey a fun character. From a purely practical point of view, the tall doors mean easy entry and exit. The wide-opening rear doors, meanwhile, prove their worth when fitting a child seat, and when buckling in or extracting your bundle of Cheerios-covered joy.”-KelleyBlueBook
Dimensions and Weight of the Nissan Versa
The Versa shares its underpinnings with the Nissan Versa Note but it doesn’t share in the dated design of the hatchback. The Versa is one of the more attractive options in the subcompact segment. Compared to the Versa sedan, the Versa hatchback has a sleeker front fascia and updated headlights. At inches, the Versa Sedan is one of the longest cars in the class. It also has a wheelbase of inches which results in a generous passenger volume.
Curb Weight (lbs)
In comparison with its competition, the Nissan Versa clearly stands out as the best this is solely to do with the large dimensions. It records the largest wheelbase, ground clearance, width, and more.
Exterior Features of the Nissan Versa
- Active grille shutters
- Intelligent auto headlights
- Led headlights with signature
- Led fog lights
- External ground lighting
- Heated outside mirrors with led turn signal indicators
- Power sliding glass moonroof
- Acoustic laminated glass
- Walmart.capital one/activate
- 36 x 72 wall art
- 1997 ford f 150 problems
- Stress rash inner elbow
- Yamaha mt 10 saddlebags
Nissan just dropped details on the brand-new Versa subcompact sedan, and so far, so good. Outside, the new Versa looks much improved thanks some sleek body panels that work well with Nissan’s latest signature styling features, including the V-motion grille and boomerang-shaped headlights. The dimensions also play a part here, as the new Versa is lower, longer, and wider than the outgoing model.
Inside, the cabin takes after Nissan’s larger sedans, including the Altima and Maxima, and emphasize the horizontal for an added sense of space. The cabin is also stuffed with safety stuff, including standard features like Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, Rear Automatic Braking, and frontal Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. You can also opt into features like Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Driver Alertness, and Blind Spot Warning.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto headline the infotainment bits, while automatic climate control and heated front seats keep it comfy.
Motivation is derived from a liter four-cylinder, which sends horsepower and pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. Transmission options include either a five-speed manual as standard, or an optional CVT.
The Nissan Versa will go on sale this summer, or you can catch it next week at the New York Auto Show. No word on pricing just yet, but it should be quite reasonable considering the current model comes with an MSRP of $12,
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Nissan Versa SR First Test: A Huge Step Up
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Full disclosure: I have loathed the second-gen Nissan Versa since it made its debut for the model year. I always hated its bottom-heavy, loaded-diaper rear styling, its tinny door-closing sound, its wheezy performance, and its apparent design intent: to punish buyers for not having upgraded to at least the Sentra. It's been a perennial short straw in rental counter roulette. So it was with mortal dread that I faced spending Labor Day weekend piloting the new third-gen Nissan Versa. What karmic transgression on my part had led to this?
But when I walked out to the parking lot, I was not repulsed by the new styling, dominated by the Vmotion grille and a much cleaner caboose. And within a few miles I was looking around the interior thinking, "Maybe this is no longer the soul-sucking misery machine I remember the last one being." I asked my co-pilot to dig out the window sticker, and we were both shocked to see that this top-shelf SR model with nearly everything on it cost just $20K and change. It seemed to have every mod-con the middle-class cars have: adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, blind-spot warning, Apple CarPlay, and a partially digital instrument cluster that offered several screens' worth of information on fuel use, driver assist systems, and tire pressures.
The seats offered laudable lateral support with bolsters upholstered in orange accent fabric that coordinated with orange stitching on the dash—all of which hinted at a next-class-up aspiration despite the acres of hard plastic surrounding them. But even here, the dash-top plastic had a pleasing low-gloss sheen (which apparently was deemed too pricey to continue below the stitched swath on the lower dash and door panel).
Underneath, it still rides on Nissan's V platform (Kicks, Micra), and its HR16DE liter engine is only lightly tweaked to add 13 hp and 7 lb-ft (now hp/ lb-ft) with no changes to the Xtronic CVT, so the acceleration still sucks. It hits 60 mph in seconds and lumbers through the quarter mile in seconds at mph—just a tenth quicker in both measures than its predecessor. So the Versa still trails key liter rivals like the Hyundai Accent (/ at ) and Ford Fiesta SE sedan (/ at ) and the liter Toyota Yaris (/ at ). It's "just plain underpowered," executive editor Mark Rechtin said. "There should be enough power to get you out of trouble, and the Versa does not have it."
Among those similarly priced class rivals, the Versa measures longest and widest, boasts the largest trunk, and virtually ties the Accent for most interior space. It'll even hang on for g worth of lateral grip while posting a second figure-eight lap— second ahead of the Ford and Toyota, behind the Accent. Of course, while executing such maneuvers, the electric power steering feels utterly rheostatic and completely devoid of feedback, too—like those pinky-finger-light first-gen hydraulic systems of the '50s. It even rides comfortably, absorbing road acne with admirable suppleness.
With EPA fuel economy ratings of 34/40 mpg (city/highway), it matches Toyota and bests the Ford and Hyundai. My test car's trip computer showed a mile average fuel economy of 36 mpg.
And so it was that I entered our Car of the Year proceedings thinking fairly highly of the lowly Versa, only to have my colleagues largely smack it down. (Stay tuned for our rollout of Car of the Year content.) "The driving experience is forgettable," online editor Stefan Ogbac said. Detroit editor Alisa Priddle said the "engine sounds terrible and tinny upon acceleration," adding that "steering is super light; there is no feeling of confidence here."
On the value front, they professed a preference for cheaper versions of next-class-up sedans (most of which they'll find will stretch a $20, budget) or—and they have a point here—the Honda Fit. That little gem trades a trunk and perhaps a bit of ride suppleness for hatchback versatility and "Magic Seats" with all the same safety gear for as little as $18, OK, yes. I'd probably trade orange accents and stitching for the Honda's resale and versatility in a cheaper package.
|Nissan Versa SR|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$19,|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan|
|ENGINE||L/hp/lb-ft DOHC valve I-4|
|TRANSMISSION||Cont variable auto|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||2, lb (61/39%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||x x in|
|QUARTER MILE||sec @ mph|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||sec @ g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||32/40/35 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||/84 kW-hr/ miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||lb/mile|
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The Nissan Versa sedan is a fine transportation tool for getting passengers from point A to point B, but it also makes the journey more enjoyable than many other subcompact cars. Not only is the Nissan handsome, it has a price tag that's affordable for almost everyone. While almost everyone will also find its four-cylinder engine to be ill-equipped for prompt highway passes, they should find its highway fuel economy to be impressive. The Versa's smooth ride and cushy front seats make it a relaxing chariot for daily commutes, and it's available with more driver assists than its classmates. Although some of those alternatives are better to drive, the Versa is a very good little car for folks who care most about comfort and safety.
What's New for ?
For , Nissan doesn't make any changes whatsoever to the Versa lineup.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The top-of-the-line Versa SR is the one to get. Sure, it's the most expensive version, but we think it's worth it for all the enticing standard equipment it provides. Both the SR and the slightly less expensive SV come with an automatic transmission, and their infotainment systems feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. However, only the SR gets inch rims, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED headlights, passive entry, and remote start. We'd also add the Convenience package for its adaptive cruise control and heated front seats.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Every Versa is motivated by a hp four-cylinder engine that powers the front wheels. A five-speed manual is the default transmission on base models, but a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) can be had on the S, too. The latter comes standard on the higher SV and SR trim levels. While the Versa feels slow when pulling away from stoplights and during highway-passing situations, its CVT helps prevent coarse noises by mimicking actual gearchanges. The Versa we drove had a smooth ride that isolated road imperfections. It also was much better to drive than the version it replaces, providing accurate steering feel and consistent brake-pedal feedback.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Versa is rated up to 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway when equipped with the CVT. The entry-level Versa with the manual has significantly worse figures, with an estimated 27 mpg city and 35 highway. We tested an automatic-equipped Versa on our mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, where it earned 40 mpg. For more information about the Versa's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Versa's interior no longer looks and feels like a children's play area. It uses nice materials throughout and has soft-touch surfaces on the doors and dashboard. While Nissan doesn't offer power-adjustable seats and leather upholstery here, the fanciest model can be had with heated front seats as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The mid-level SV model unlocks some desirable standard features, such as a driver's-seat-mounted armrest and a digital screen in the gauge cluster, while the top-tier Versa SR brings automatic climate control, passive hands-free entry, remote start, and more. The back seat can comfortably fit two adults but both the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio have more rear-seat headroom and legroom. The sedan has useful cubbies on its center console, and we managed to fit six carry-on suitcases in its trunk; 17 total with the back seat folded.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Versa features a standard inch touchscreen infotainment system with useful buttons and knobs. However, only the SV and SR trim levels have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. During our evaluation period, we found that the CarPlay interface responded better to our inputs than the car's normal menus did. Every Versa has three USB ports and voice-command capability, but anyone who wants the ability to listen to SiriusXM satellite radio will have to look higher than the base model.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Nissan sedan comes with a lot of standard driver-assistance technology, including automatic high-beams and lane-departure warning. For more information about the Versa's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard front and rear automated emergency braking
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
While Nissan's limited and powertrain warranties fall short of the lengthy coverage that Hyundai and Kia provide, its protection plans are comparable with most other rivals. The Versa also doesn't come with complimentary maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36, miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60, miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
More Features and Specs
Expectations are important when you’re talking about a car like the Nissan Versa. That usually comes with the territory of being one of the cheapest new cars you can buy in the market today. For the amount of money that you’re spending, you need to understand where that money is going.
Don’t get me wrong. The Versa is not an ugly car. On the contrary, it looks more expensive than its price tag suggests. Give Nissan credit for not only increasing the sedan’s overall proportions but, more importantly, for giving it a fresh design that as a lot of endearing qualities to it. The front section, for example, looks more alive and upbeat, a stark difference from the previous version, which looked like it had just come out of an all-night bender. The angular headlights are a nice touch and Nissan’s trademark V-shaped grille doesn’t scream for attention the way past versions did. The sedan’s profile is different, too. The windshield is more steeply angled and the character lines are a lot more defined.
All these design improvements may not evident when you look at them individually, but put them all together and you have a sedan that doesn’t look like it costs just a little over $10, That’s a huge victory for Nissan.
A big part of the value provided by the Versa is its size. Longer and wider than its predecessor, the Versa now has a inch wheelbase, a huge improvement from the inch wheelbase of the previous model. Not only does that create more space in the interior, but it also gives the Versa a more mature stance. It’s not as pudgy as it once was. The longer wheelbase contributes to the sedan’s increased length, which now measures inches. It’s not as long as the Honda Civic, but it has the edge over the Toyota Yaris in that respect. The same can be said for the car’s width, which now measures inches, wider than the Yaris ( inches) but not as wide as the Civic ( inches). Likewise, the Versa measures inches vertically. It’s taller than the Civic by a full two inches, but the Yaris is the tallest among the three, measuring inches.
One thing that doesn’t play well with us the Versa’s ground clearance. Sure, a inch clearance means that its underside is less likely to get gobsmacked by uneven roads, but a higher ground clearance doesn’t do any favors to a car’s sporty stance. The inch ground clearance of the Toyota Yaris is a bit much and the Civic’s own inch ground clearance sits a little too high for our tastes, too. Then again, debating about how much space there is between the Versa’s underbody and the road doesn’t mean a lot given what kind of car we’re dealing with here.
Let’s just be happy that the Nissan Versa is bigger than its predecessor. The extra space provided by the size increase is a good thing.
By virtue of its bigger size, it comes as no surprise that the Nissan Versa tips the scales at 2, pounds. It’s not as heavy as the 2,pound Honda Civic, but the Yaris is a lot lighter, tipping the scales at just 2, pounds. The disparity in weight between the Versa and the Yaris has less to do with the Versa’s size and more to do with the Yaris’ size. The latter is simply a smaller — and lighter — vehicle.
Nissan Versa Interior
- Cloth upholstery
- More interior space
- Neatly laid-out dashboard
- inch touchscreen infotainment system comes standard
Stepping inside the interior of the new Nissan Versa is like stepping into a new world.
Sure, it’s still littered with cheap materials, but again, what do you expect for a car that sells for less than $20, There are significant improvements, though, and that’s what’s worth mentioning here. We’re not going to get rid of the plastic elements in the Versa, but Nissan did the smart thing by removing the cheap plastic from the previous version and replacing it with plastic that looks and feels more high quality. When you’re buying a car like the Versa, it doesn’t matter if the materials are high-grade so long as they look high-grade. Nissan’s learned that trick with the Versa and the results are promising. Unfortunately, the seats are still stiff and can get uncomfortable, especially in long drives. You definitely have to take the good with the bad when it comes to the Versa’s interior.
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Each Versa trim also comes with unique upholstery so that’s something to look forward to as well. Even the build quality of the dashboard is much improved. It looks cleaner and more sophisticated now. Look closer and you’ll even realize that the Versa’s dash is identical to the dashboard of the Kicks crossover. That includes the standard inch touchscreen infotainment system and partially digital gauge cluster.
Even small details like the push-button start and the three standard USB ports are all victories for the new Versa, not because they’re improvements from the previous model, but because the earlier model didn’t even have them — there was one USB port in the predecessor — to begin with. Throw in some fancy options like heated front seats, automatic climate control, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, and you might even forget that you’re inside a car that costs less than $20,
As impressive as these improvements are, the most significant one is the availability of driver-assistance technology in the new Versa. Drive the previous-generation Versa and you won’t find any of these driver-assistance techs anywhere. That’s leaps and bounds improvement, folks. Features like emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automated emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights, and lane-departure warning. Nissan’s even offering the Safety Shield package with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert in the new Versa.
I don’t want to use a cliché and say that the all-new Versa has grown up, but the cliché certainly applies, especially in the interior.
Nissan Versa Cargo Room
Cargo volume shouldn’t be a problem for the Nissan Versa.
The Versa sedan boasts 15 cubic feet of cargo space, which is decent for a sedan in its segment.
The Versa’s cargo area is almost identical to that of the Civic’s, which offers cubic feet of cargo room, and a lot more than the cubic feet of cargo room that the Toyota Yaris offers. Even better, the Versa’s cargo opening is wide for its segment and the trunk is deep enough that you can store well into the section. Unfortunately, the Versa’s rear seat doesn’t fold completely flat so the layout can get tricky if you’re putting hard items or equipment inside.
Nissan Versa Infotainment System
For a car that sells for the amount of money that the Nissan Versa sells for, it’s already a small victory that the Versa not only comes with a touchscreen infotainment system, but a surprisingly competent 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Mind you, every version of the Versa — from the base Versa S to the top-of-the-line Versa SR — comes with the touchscreen as standard so that in itself is a huge leap from what we’ve gotten used to with the Versa. Surprisingly, the touchscreen is also easy to use. The layout isn’t overly fancy so you won’t have a hard time navigating the controls and getting used to the setup. There are moments, however, where its slow to respond to your inputs so exercise a bit of patience in that respect.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also make their debuts in the Versa, though theyre only available in the SV and SR trims. That means the entry-level Versa is, as the kids would say these days, “s” out of luck.
The rest of the dashboard looks clean and well-organized. The center stack’s layout includes large and clearly marked buttons and knobs that should be easy to reach for most adults. Nissan’s also offering a suite of optional features, including satellite radio, automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and a six-speaker stereo.
Nissan Versa Powertrain
- liter inline-four cylinder unit
- horsepower and pound-feet of torque
- Five-speed manual comes standard, CVT is optional
- 0 to 60 MPH in seconds
- Top speed sits at mph
- Fuel efficiency comes up to 27 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined
The Nissan Versa is powered by a liter inline-four cylinder unit that produces horsepower and pound-feet of torque.
A five-speed manual transmission comes standard, though a continuously variable automatic transmission is available in all but the base Versa S model. Power goes directly to the two front wheels, allowing the Versa the ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in seconds on its way to a top speed of mph.
Ok, so the Versa isn’t exactly dripping in pony power, but if you’re the optimistic type, you can take comfort knowing that the all-new model has more power on tap than its predecessor, which could only cough up a dull horsepower. As with most things about the Versa, you take your small victories where you can get them.
Compare the Versa’s power and performance capabilities with its two rivals and the figures paint a clear picture. The all-new sedan has the edge over the Toyota Yaris, which uses an even smaller liter inline-four cylinder engine that produces a dreary horsepower and pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual comes standard on the Toyota subcompact, but a six-speed automatic is also available as an option. Power also goes to the two front wheels, but with barely horsepower to work with, the Yaris’ second, 0-tomph time clearly lags behind the Versa.
The Honda Civic, on the other hand, falls on the right side of the comparison test with the Versa. It boasts a bigger liter inline-four cylinder engine that packs horsepower and pound-feet of torque.
Like the Versa, the Civic also comes with a CVT transmission that sends power to the two front wheels, allowing the Honda subcompact to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 10 seconds flat before maxing out at a top speed of mph. The acceleration time is where the Versa gets its value, at least compared to the Civic. Despite carrying a smaller engine and having a power deficit of 36 horsepower and 24 pound-feet of torque when compared to the Civic, the Versa is only seconds off the pace against the Honda subcompact in a race to 60 mph. By now, you’re probably noticing a theme here. Small victories, ladies and gentlemen. Then again, the Civic has a mph edge in top speed over the Versa so enjoy those tiny wins for as long as they last.
Is the Nissan Versa Fast?
Not really, but again, perspective matters when you’re asking about the Nissan Versa. By and large, Nissan’s subcompact is a slowpoke. The second, 0-tomph acceleration time should be enough time for you to make a cup of coffee. It’s not going to win a lot of races, even against rival models in the segment it occupies. But you also have to understand what the Versa is. It wasn’t built to be fast, nor was it built to become a legend in a drag strip. Like most subcompacts, the Versa was built to get you from point A to point B without any of the sizzle that typically comes with higher-segment sedans. As long as you get to your destination regardless of how long it takes to get there, then the Nissan Versa would’ve done its job.
Nissan Versa Fuel Economy
So the Nissan Versa lacks in power and performance capabilities. Big deal. It wasn’t meant to be fast anyway. But that lack of power typically comes with the pressure of boasting impressive fuel economy figures. Unless we’re talking about electric cars, we can’t have on with the other.
The Versa does well on this end, boasting fuel economy ratings of 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with a combined 32 mpg rating.
Great numbers in a vacuum, but not as impressive as what the Yaris and Civic return. It’s not surprising that the Yaris returns a higher — 32 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway, 35 mpg combined — fuel economy rating than the Versa. It has a smaller engine and has less power to burn fuel. What is surprising, though, is that the Honda Civic also returns a higher fuel economy rating than the Versa. The latest version of Honda’s best-selling model claims fuel economy ratings of 30 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined. I’m not going to spend time pinpointing the inner intricacies of the Civic’s super fuel economy rating compared to the Versa, but it really boils down to one fundamental point: the Civic is simply a better car than the Versa.
Taking into account all the numbers that have been thrown out, now’s the time to answer the single most important question with regards to the all-new, third-generation Nissan Versa: how does it feel to drive?
This is an admittedly tricky question because we were given the top-of-the-line Versa SR, and with all things range-topping, the Versa SR came with everything Nissan had to offer.
Getting comfortable inside the Versa, especially if you’re a tall driver, is going to get some getting used to.
But once you settle into your seat and you get going, you’ll be surprised how smooth the ride is. That was our first impression when we took the Versa SR out for a spin. Sure, the lack of power manifested itself on certain occasions, including times when we tried to pull away from stoplights and when we brought the Versa on the highway to do passing situations, but it’s also unreasonable to expect the Versa SR to accelerate as quickly as you’d want it to and effortlessly pass more powerful cars on the open road.
The Versa also wasn’t as stiff as we thought it would be. It absorbed bumps in the road better than we expected and while it did exhibit a little body lean when we were turning corners, the steering remained responsive and the sedan was composed all the way through.
It’s still not the best-handling car in its segment, but from where our expectations were when we first got inside the Versa RS to the moment we got out of the car after a few hours of test driving, we were as impressed as we were surprised at how balanced the Versa RS was on the road. At the very least, it’s a huge improvement from the previous-generation Versa.
Nissan Versa Pricing
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