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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 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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

NA

What Owners Say

“The transmission is not smooth and it does not handle easily when executing turns or tight areas.”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Nissan Versa)

“gas mileage, not to bad in acceleration,room”

PHILIP E., NJ (2012 Nissan Versa)

“No engine pickup”

Anonymous, GA (2012 Nissan Versa)

“acceleration is slow”

Anonymous, CT (2012 Nissan Versa)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

NA

What Owners Say

“The Versa is very noisy and transmission doesnot change smoothly. Also, cheap interior features such as lack of interior stability handles above doors that add extra help in exiting car or going around sharp curves.”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Nissan Versa)

“Comfort, climate control and ride are acceptable. The noise from the outside is the loudest of any car I've ever owned.”

JUDITH W., KS (2012 Nissan Versa)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

NA

What Owners Say

“the car has a lot of road noise. It has slow acceleration”

JOHN L., WA (2012 Nissan Versa)
No Data Available

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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