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Nissan's smallest car has a very roomy rear seat, comfortable ride, and well-finished interior. It's available as a hatchback or sedan. The tall roofline allows easy access. The relatively refined 1.8-liter engine isn't that powerful. A less expensive 1.6-liter is also available. The six-speed manual is a bit clunky, but the optional CVT and conventional automatic perform well. Fuel economy isn't impressive for a subcompact, however. The ride is relatively comfortable and quiet, but handling isn't particularly agile. Stopping distances are long without the optional antilock brakes. Curtain air bags are standard. Reliability is average for the hatchback, worse for the sedan.

See Reliability page for the latest 2009 Nissan Versa recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available. Side and head protection air bags standard. ESC available from 2010, standard from 2012.

Road Test

Among subcompacts, the Versa seems almost like a luxury car, with its nicely made and well-appointed interior. The little Nissan rides pleasantly and quietly. Its powertrain feels refined. Further, the rear seat is enormous for a small car. Handling...

Highs

  • Ride, interior, rear seat, fit and finish.

Lows

  • Agility, no folding seatback, headlights.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 (107 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (122 hp)