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5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2017 Nissan Versa OVERVIEW
When it comes to getting around, staying comfortably within your means is easy with the Nissan Versa. The subcompact sedan offers perfectly acceptable daily transportation at a price that just isn't low, but the lowest. Starting at just $12,855, the Versa is the cheapest route to putting a new car in your garage.
What's New for 2017
The mid-level SV model gains a Special Edition option package.
Choosing Your Nissan Versa
Despite its economy mission, the front-drive Versa doesn't skimp on passenger room. In fact, the backseat is easily the most spacious in this class, and everyone enjoys the type of smooth ride usually found in much larger vehicles. At 14.9 cubic feet, the trunk reminds us of a family car, as well.
The engine is more in line with our expectations for budget transportation. Every Versa is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces a modest 109 horsepower. Base models run with a five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. Everything else gets a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Models equipped with the CVT deliver an excellent 35 mpg in combined city and highway driving. Efficiency drops to 30 mpg with the manual, or 29 mpg with the four-speed automatic.
The Versa is offered in four trim levels:
Individual options are limited to small trim and protection items.
The CVT offers enough of an efficiency advantage that we wouldn't order a Versa without it, which leaves out the S and it's deliriously low price. If you're moving down from a larger car, we recommend the SV, which provides the conveniences most buyers expect in a modern passenger vehicle.
Strong finance incentives carry on into March and most customers will probably opt to purchase rather than lease. Practically every model features cash rebates and low APR.... View All Nissan Lease Deals