One of the least expensive new cars on the market today, the Nissan Versa tries to give buyers in the subcompact segment value for money with room and features. It's a space-efficient package that doesn't use much fuel, but still offers features -- like iPod integration, Bluetooth and keyless start -- that some more expensive rivals don't have.
The Versa doesn't have the power or style of its competitors, however, so it will appeal mainly to people who want inexpensive transportation from Point A to Point B.
All Versas have a 109-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The base Versa S has a standard five-speed manual transmission and an optional four-speed automatic. Also included are 15-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, a two-speaker audio system with auxiliary input and a trip computer.
The S+ features a four-speaker audio system, cruise control and a continuously variable transmission. The SV adds power windows, mirrors and locks; keyless entry; and a tachometer. Top-of-the-line Versa SLs get keyless entry and push-button start, alloy wheels, a split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth, iPod controls, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and fog lights.
The Versa S comes with a low price but still offers a decent level of equipment. In addition to the 1.6-liter four-cylinder shared with all Versa sedans, the S gets a standard five-speed manual or available four-speed automatic. The S features 15-inch steel wheels, a trip computer, air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a clock and a two-speaker audio system with auxiliary input.
The S+ adds a few more convenience features to the S's equipment list. The "+" gets the Versa S a continuously variable transmission for better fuel economy, along with low rolling resistance tires, a rear spoiler, cruise control, silver trim on the steering wheel and a four-speaker audio system.
The SV is a wise purchase for customers who want more features at a relatively low cost. Over the S+, the SV adds body-colored mirrors; a chrome grille and door handles; upgraded gauges with a tachometer; an upgraded trip computer; power windows and locks with remote keyless entry; a passenger seatback pocket; upgraded cloth trim with better door trims; and a driver's armrest. The Convenience Package adds features such as a split-folding rear seat, an iPod interface, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a passenger side vanity mirror and a front map light.
The SL is the best-equipped Versa and offers a lot of standard features for the money. Most notable are 15-inch alloy wheels, along with the Bluetooth system, keyless entry and start, variable intermittent wipers, front map light, passenger-side vanity mirror, split-folding rear seats and an audio system with iPod integration, speed-sensitive volume control and steering wheel-mounted controls. The Technology Package adds such advanced features as a navigation system with backup camera, USB connection and SiriusXM with NavTraffic.
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|Build & Price|
2014 Nissan Versa Note$17,991 | 3,886 mi
2013 NISSAN VERSA$12,950 | 27,371 mi
2013 Nissan Versa$13,998 | 25,809 mi
2013 Nissan Versa$14,488 | 11,044 mi
2013 Nissan Versa$14,995 | 35,567 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$10,950 | 23,673 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$11,950 | 12,942 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$11,950 | 25,921 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$11,993 | 19,076 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$12,385 | 37,802 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$12,491 | 37,245 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$12,499 | 38,780 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$12,700 | 18,076 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$12,999 | 26,160 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$13,990 | 8,461 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$13,991 | 28,742 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$13,991 | 11,422 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$14,888 | 35,032 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$14,991 | 3,326 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$14,999 | 21,690 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$15,991 | 5,832 mi
2012 Nissan Versa$17,991 | 6,390 mi
2011 Nissan Versa$10,788 | 62,341 mi
2011 Nissan Versa$11,977 | 58,811 mi
2010 Nissan Versa$9,325 | 88,717 mi
2010 Nissan Versa$9,592 | 46,626 mi
2010 Nissan Versa$9,777 | 71,860 mi
2010 Nissan Versa$9,795 | 73,379 mi
Powerful optional turbo engine and solid feel, but fuel economy is behind some competitors and options escalate price
Lots of advanced options with sporty driving dynamics, but can be expensive and controls are complicated
Attractive styling with comfortable interior and good economy, but some packages raise price too high
Offers hatchback versatility with low price, but economy is nothing special and doesn't have solid feel like others in class