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Nissan Versa
2017
Nissan Versa 2017 sedan Trim Shown: 2017 SV sedan FWD CVT

Nissan's subcompact Versa sedan is unimpressive, with a noisy and cheap interior. The engine drones as the car gathers speed, and the continuously variable transmission exacerbates engine noise. Handling, though secure, lacks precision, and the car feels clumsy as a result. The ride is compliant and has good isolation from bumps and ruts, but the short, quick pitches make it feel jumpy on the highway. To its credit, the rear cabin is relatively roomy and fuel economy is commendable at 32 mpg overall. Running changes include new interior refinements and some styling details, but much of the interior still feels low rent. Most controls are straightforward.

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2012-2016
2012 Redesign Year
Nissan Versa 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 Sedan S/SV

The 2012 redesign of the sedan was a disappointment, eroding the previous car's budget-plush feel with a noisy and blatantly cheap interior and a so-so ride. While the previous model was our top-rated subcompact sedan, the changes made to this version dropped it to the bottom of the category. On the positive side, this Versa gets much better fuel economy -- 32 mpg overall vs. 27 -- and it provides a roomy rear seat. But it's slow, noisy and handles clumsily. Even considering its low sticker price, this version of Nissan's small car feels low-rent. This edition of the Versa also scored a poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $11,100 - $12,700 $8,650 - $10,150
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2015 $10,050 - $11,650 $7,635 - $9,135
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2014 $8,975 - $10,575 $6,635 - $8,135
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2013 $7,900 - $9,450 $5,585 - $7,035
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2012 $6,900 - $7,800 $4,580 - $5,430
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2007-2011
2007 Redesign Year
Nissan Versa 2011 Trim Shown: 2011 Hatchback

Nissan's subcompact Versa debuted in 2007 in both hatchback and sedan versions. Although smaller than the Sentra, it packs an impressively roomy rear seat and its tall roofline allows easy access. The 1.8- liter, four-cylinder engine is relatively refined, but needs to be revved up to deliver power. The standard six-speed manual is a bit clunky; the optional CVT is the better bet where smoothness is concerned. Fuel economy is good, but not a standout at 28 mpg with the CVT. We found the ride relatively comfortable and quiet, but handling wasn't a long suit. Curtain airbags were standard, but antilock brakes were rare in early models. For 2010, changes included standard ABS for 1.8 S models, the 1.8 SL got stability control and ABS. This iteration of the Versa holds the distinction of being named one of our top rated subcompact sedans.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2011 $5,775 - $6,625 $3,485 - $4,285
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2010 $5,100 - $5,825 $2,805 - $3,505
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2009 $4,675 - $5,450 $2,385 - $3,135
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2008 $4,825 - $5,200 $2,515 - $2,865
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2007 $4,600 - $4,875 $2,300 - $2,550
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