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Although it's more stylish after a 2020 redesign, the Nissan Versa continues to be a basic, inexpensive subcompact. Available as a sedan only, we found it to be easy to drive and user-friendly.
Unlike most of its competitors, it comes with important standard active safety features, such as AEB. But the Versa is no joy to drive, with its stiff ride, dull handling, and droning engine. Fuel economy is good at 32-mpg overall but not a standout, considering that a number of midsized sedans can match or better that. The driver's seat is short on support, and unlike previous Versas, the rear seat is tight. A more substantial used car can be had at the same price, but those who buy the Versa should get the SV for its BSW and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
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2020
2020 Redesign Year
Although it's more stylish with the 2020 redesign, the Versa continues to be a basic, inexpensive subcompact. Available as a sedan only, we found it easy to drive and user-friendly.
Unlike most of its competitors, it comes with standard key advanced safety features, like automatic emergency braking. But the Versa is no joy to drive, with its stiff ride, dull handling, and droning engine. Fuel economy is good at 32 mpg overall, but some midsized sedans--let alone compact ones--can match or better that. The driver's seat is short on support, and unlike previous Versas, the rear seat is tight. A more substantial used car can be had at the same price, but those who consider the Versa should get the SV version for its blind spot warning and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
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2020 Nissan Versa
$17,225 - $20,375
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2012-2019
2012 Redesign Year
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.
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2019 Nissan Versa
$15,225 - $17,950
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2018 Nissan Versa
$12,275 - $14,200
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2017 Nissan Versa
$10,100 - $12,475
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2016 Nissan Versa
$8,225 - $9,725
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$6,825 - $8,375
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2014 Nissan Versa
$5,950 - $7,000
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2013 Nissan Versa
$5,525 - $6,300
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2012 Nissan Versa
$5,900 - $6,450
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2007-2011
2007 Redesign Year
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.
$5,275 - $5,875
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2010 Nissan Versa
$5,050 - $5,600
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$4,850 - $5,350
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$4,950 - $5,100
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$4,800 - $4,850
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