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Nissan's subcompact Versa sedan is disappointing. In a departure from its predecessor, the small car is now noisy, and the interior is blatantly cheap. The car drones as it gathers speed, and the continuously variable transmission accentuates engine noise. Handling, though secure, lacks agility. The ride is compliant but jumpy. To its credit, the rear cabin is relatively roomy and fuel economy from the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is commendable at 32 mpg overall. The old Versa hatchback carries over for now and is the better of the two.

See Reliability page for the latest 2012 Nissan Versa recalls.

Safety Equipment

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

Road Test

Nissan redesigned its entry-level Versa sedan for 2012, but not for the better. While the previous model was our top-rated subcompact sedan, the changes made to the new version have dropped it to the bottom of its category. On the positive side, this...

Highs

  • Fuel economy, rear seat, trunk.

Lows

  • Agility, engine noise, front-seat comfort, fit and finish, IIHS small-overlap crash-test results.

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
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 (109 hp)