The Nissan Versa may have lost the crown for the cheapest car in the U.S. last year with its 2020 redesign, but it easily became a legit competitor for best-looking gateway model. With its redesign still fresh, the 2021 Nissan Versa will hit showrooms with no significant changes.
Visually, the redesigned Nissan Versa is nothing short of stunning for its class with its sloping hood, bold V-motion grille, sweptback headlights, sharp body creases, and floating roof design. While it may still be simple in its lowest trim level, moving up the ladder to the midrange and higher grades adds some style with alloy wheels and other upgrades.
Inside, this subcompact sedan’s redesign brought in a sharper look with its new dash design, flat-bottom steering wheel, available contrasting leatherette accents, accent stitching, and a standard 7-inch touchscreen. Moving into higher trim levels takes the simple Versa and dresses it up with upgraded cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-speaker audio system, keyless ignition, and more.
Under the hood, the 2021 Nissan Versa keeps its 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 122 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 114 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. This engine will continue to pair with a standard five-speed manual gearbox or an optional Xtronic continuously variable transmission.
Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has tested the new-generation Versa for safety, so stay tuned for official ratings. With automatic emergency braking standard across the board, the new-generation Versa is setting itself up for high ratings, but we’ll have to wait on its crash tests to see where it lands. Buyers who want the added safety of having blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert can get this standard in the SV and higher trims with Nissan's Safety Shield 360.