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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.

Road Test

Nissan redesigned its entry-level Versa sedan, but not for the better. While the previous model was our top-rated subcompact sedan, the changes made to the new version have dropped it to the bottom of its category. On the positive side, this Versa ge...

Highs

  • Fuel economy
  • Rear seat

Lows

  • Agility
  • Engine noise

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 (109 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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