2018 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 2018, Nissan Versa drops its topline SL model, but gains standard variable-intermittent wipers, map lights, and adjustable front headrests for all models. The Versa compact sedan is one of the least expensive cars on the market. Note that the Versa sedan is also available in a hatchback body style called Versa Note (see separate report). The sole engine is a 109-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with a choice of 5-speed manual or CVT automatic transmissions. 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 SV Special Edition 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 S: $12,875
S Plus: $15,015
SV: $16,605
SV Special Edition: $17,105

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
2018 Nissan Versa
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - 4
80%

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