2017 Nissan Versa

Pros: Value pricing; dexterity in city commuting; fuel economy; rare-for-the-class features

Cons: Lots of noise; meager power at highway speeds; built-to-a-price cabin materials

CG Says: For 2017, Nissan Versa drops its optional 4-speed automatic transmission—leaving a choice of 5-speed manual or CVT transmissions. A new Special Edition Package that includes 5-inch color display screen, fog lights, and alloy wheels is newly available on the SV model. Note that the Versa sedan is also available in a hatchback body style called Versa Note (see separate report). Although the base S and mid-level S Plus versions of the Versa are somewhat sparsely equipped by today’s standards, the top-line SV and SL models have all the expected features at a price that looks good even against smaller subcompact rivals. Power can feel meager at higher speeds and some of the interior materials don’t impress, but if interior room, cargo space, and high fuel economy are tops on your list, the Versa is a must-see.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Nissan
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices 1.6 S, manual: $11,990
1.6 S Plus, CVT: $13,990
1.6 SV, CVT: $15,580
1.6 SL, CVT: $17,140

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
109
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
27-31
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
36-39

2015 Versa Sedan
2017 Nissan Versa