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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. Curtain air bags are standard across the line, while ESC is standard on the SL trim. Reliability is average for the hatchback, worse for the sedan.

See Reliability page for the latest 2010 Nissan Versa recalls.

Safety Equipment

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

Road Test

While many subcompacts are crude and cheap, the roomy Versa stands out as a class act. It has an absorbent ride, a smooth powertrain and a quiet cabin. The rear seat is especially generous, more so than some mid-sized sedans. And, interior furnishing...

Highs

  • Ride, relative quietness, rear-seat room.

Lows

  • Agility, no folding rear seat, so-so fuel economy for its class.

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)