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.