Nissan Versa

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2020 Nissan Versa Ratings & Reliability
The Nissan Versa has historically been one of the most affordable new cars on the market. Redesigned for 2020, the subcompact sedan gets several important standard safety features, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Lower, longer, and wider than its predecessor, the new Versa is visually distinguished by Altima-like styling cues. Its 1.6-liter four cylinder engine is now up to 122 hp, and transmission choices carry over from 2019. Push-button start is standard, while automatic climate control, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay are optional. We hope that Nissan remedies some of the issues with the outgoing Versa--including a cheap-feeling interior, noisy cabin, lousy handling, and a Poor rating in the IIHS' small-overlap crash test.
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2019 Nissan Versa Ratings & Reliability
Nissan's subcompact Versa sedan, with its cheap interior and noisy cabin, lags behind even other unimpressive subcompacts. The hatchback Versa Note is much more pleasant. Overall, the tiny Versa sedan feels like a bare-bones penalty box. 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 stiff, with short quick pitches that make it feel jumpy. To its credit, the rear seat is relatively roomy, most controls are straightforward, and its 32 mpg fuel economy is a standout for a subcompact car. The Versa scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
2012 Redesign Year
Nissan Versa 2018
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
2018 $11,650 - $13,500 $8,670 - $10,370
2017 $10,600 - $12,300 $7,735 - $9,285
2016 $8,225 - $9,825 $5,535 - $6,985
2015 $6,150 - $7,675 $3,590 - $4,990
2014 $4,950 - $6,100 $2,440 - $3,490
2013 $4,725 - $5,500 $2,210 - $2,910
2012 $4,475 - $5,350 $1,990 - $2,765
2007 Redesign Year
Nissan Versa 2011
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 $3,775 - $4,950 $1,440 - $2,365
2010 $3,625 - $4,550 $1,295 - $2,020
2009 $3,325 - $4,225 $1,170 - $1,770
2008 $3,725 - $4,025 $1,365 - $1,615
2007 $3,575 - $3,875 $1,235 - $1,485