The Nissan Versa is an economical and comfortable subcompact sedan featuring a spacious interior, a roomy cargo area as well as good fuel economy. In fact, it's one of the cheapest sedans that you can find on the market. If you are a driver for a cab-hailing service such as Uber or Lyft or you are simply looking for an affordable family vehicle, then the Nissan Versa provides a cost-effective option. And as much as it's one of the cheapest subcompact sedans today, it doesn't mean it's made of cheap materials. It's interior features luxury touches, which will make your ride comfortable and most importantly, enjoyable.

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Trim Levels and Features

The Nissan Versa is available in 3 trim levels, namely S, S Plus and SV. The base S trim comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, manual locks and crank windows, power mirrors, as well as Bluetooth phone connectivity. It also comes standard with a 4-speaker stereo system, featuring an auxiliary audio jack and a CD player. The S Plus trim adds a rear spoiler, cruise control, and an automatic transmission system.

For the SV trim, you will get a height-adjustable driver's seat, upgraded cloth upholstery, power locks and windows, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, keyless proximity entry, a media interface for the infotainment system and a USB port. Available upgrades for this trim include fog lights, 15-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, a five-inch touchscreen interface, and Bluetooth audio streaming.

Midway through the 2018 model year, Nissan introduced the 2018.5 Nissan Versa, featuring an upgraded infotainment system, a rearview camera and plenty of standard features. The 5-inch touchscreen was replaced by a 7-inch touchscreen interface. The 2018.5 Nissan Versa also comes standard with Bluetooth audio and phone support, a USB port, and Apple Siri Eyes Free. As you can see, you have plenty of available options if you decided to purchase a used Nissan Versa. You simply need to purchase the model that you can afford.

Performance and Handling

The Nissan Versa is equipped with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine, which delivers an output of 109 hp. The engine is then mated with a front-wheel drive train. It comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission while a continuously variable automatic is available. While its engine is not as powerful as some of its competitors, it will serve your urban commuting needs without fuss. Its ride is smooth and pleasant. It's also maneuverable while its fuel economy is decent. Models equipped with the manual transmission deliver a fuel economy of approximately 36 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg on the city. On the other hand, the CVT models get a respectable fuel economy of 39 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg in the city.


The Nissan Versa attained decent safety scores according to crash tests conducted by both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A rearview camera is the only notable safety feature in all the models.

Interior and Comfort

Both the sedan and the hatchback models of the Nissan Versa seat 5 people. And as noted earlier, its interior is spacious, with ample legroom and headroom for the passengers in both rows. Rear seats are the most comfortable in the class. Cloth seats come standard while faux suede upholstery and premium cloth upholstery are available. It also comes with two full sets of child car-seat connectors.

New Vs. Used Nissan Versa

Nissan introduced smartphone compatibility features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for the 2019 model year. Therefore, if those features are important to you, then you should purchase a 2019 Nissan Versa or a newer one. However, you can still purchase a used Nissan Versa and still get an almost identical vehicle. You should also note that Nissan redesigned the 4-door Nissan Versa sedan for the 2012 model year while the hatchback was launched in 2014. The 4-door sedan then underwent an interior and exterior refresh in 2015. Most of these changes were minor. The 2018 model didn't have any major changes, apart from replacing the 4-speed automatic transmission with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Therefore, if you buy a used Nissan Versa, you will not only get a similar vehicle but you will also realize significant cost savings.


Auto shoppers who are on a budget should definitely consider purchasing the Nissan Versa. This utilitarian sedan features a spacious interior, a soft ride, and great fuel economy. While it might not be as equipped as other cars in its class, its outstanding predicted reliability rating, combined with its low base price makes it a great option for shoppers who are low on cash.  

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