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2018 Nissan Versa Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Nissan Versa 1.6 S include 1.6L I-4 109hp engine, 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 15" steel wheels, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability, power mirrors.

2018 Nissan
Versa Sedan

Starting at: $12,110

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  • Air conditioning
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 4
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Engine displacement - 1.6 L
  • Engine horsepower - 109hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 107 lb.-ft. @ 4,400RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 78.0mm x 83.6mm (3.07" x 3.29")
  • Compression ratio - 9.80 to 1
  • Payload - 390kg (860lbs)
  • GVWR - 1,537kg (3,389lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,455mm (175.4")
  • Exterior body width - 1,694mm (66.7")
  • Exterior height - 1,514mm (59.6")
  • Wheelbase - 2,601mm (102.4")
  • Turning radius - 5.3m (17.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,062mm (41.8")
  • Rear legroom - 940mm (37.0")
  • Front headroom - 1,011mm (39.8")
  • Rear headroom - 930mm (36.6")
  • Front hiproom - 1,222mm (48.1")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,173mm (46.2")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,313mm (51.7")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,318mm (51.9")
  • Passenger volume - 2,554L (90.2 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 422 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 422 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.6
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 109hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 107 lb.-ft. @ 4,400RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 5 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 30mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 10.8gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 27mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 36mpg
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Front tires - 185/65HR15.0
  • Rear tires - 185/65HR15.0
  • Wheel size - 15"
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Tachometer
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
1.6 S 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 S Search New $12,110   109-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  27 / 36  
1.6 S+ 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 S+ Search New $14,250   109-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 39  
1.6 SV 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 SV Search New $15,840   109-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 39  
1.6 SL
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$17,280   109-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 39  


Driving Impression

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Versas deliver a satisfying ride, though no better than expected. Handling is predictable but nicely composed, not as good as the Honda. A tight turning radius blends with comfortably weighted steering, to make each body style easily maneuverable around town.

The low-powered engine and continuously variable transmission often feel overwhelmed when striving to bring the Versa up to highway speed. Reaching 60 mph takes more than 11 seconds, sluggish performance. Passing on the highway can be challenging for the overburdened engine.

The base-model sedan’s standard 5-speed manual transmission doesn’t yield much improvement. Even worse, it extracts a substantial penalty in fuel economy.

Most Versa models are comparatively frugal in the subcompact category, at least with the CVT, though the engine must work hard to keep pace with traffic. With the CVT, the 2018 Versa is EPA-rated at 31/39 mpg City/Highway, or 34 mpg Combined. The manual-shift sedan is EPA-rated at a less-tempting 27/36/30 mpg. Bigger sedans, like Nissan’s own four-cylinder Altima, offer nearly comparable highway fuel economy while providing more interior room.

Walk Around

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Unlike some models that come in twin body styles, the Versa looks impressively well-proportioned as a hatchback, but less appealing and more humdrum in sedan form. In fact, the two versions share no sheetmetal.

Either way, the Versa has fallen behind the times in design, compared to more stylish rivals it its price category. Other subcompacts have evolved, while the Versa essentially stood still.

Body components are familiar from other Nissan models, including the grille, large headlights, and bumpers. Most versions ride on 15-inch wheels, which look too small for the sizable wheelwells.

Interior Overview

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Inside, the two body styles are more closely aligned, falling short on styling. Except for its center stack, the dual-cockpit layout is hardly adventurous or enticing. Broad stretches of hard black plastic weaken its appeal even further.

Most adults will be satisfied up front, though not entirely comfortable over long distances. Leg space is bountiful out back. Rear-seat riders get 37 inches of legroom in the sedan, or 38.3 inches in the Note hatchback. Six-foot passengers can actually ride behind other six-footers without cramping.

Sedan trunk space is sizable for the subcompact class, at 14.9 cubic feet. The Versa Note boasts even greater space. With rear seatbacks upright, its hatch provides a hefty 18.8 cubic feet, expanding to 38.3 with the seatbacks folded. The available Divide-N-Hide adjustable floor holds small items underneath.

Base-model upholstery is indeed basic. Upgraded fabric in SV-trimmed Versas raises the quality level. Switches and buttons tend to feel hollow, even unsubstantial, failing to inspire confidence.

The sedan is quiet. Little road noise can be heard. And, thanks to more sound-deadening material, the hatchback is even quieter than the sedan.


New Car Test Drive

Affordable pricing is the foremost attraction, along with impressive back-seat space. The sedan is among the least-costly new cars, though Nissan’s CVT is a better choice than the S sedan’s manual gearbox. Most buyers are likely to consider the Versa Note more comfortable and versatile, though also more costly. Several good small cars are available, including the Chevrolet Sonic and Honda Fit, but the aging Versa is more about being affordable than being good.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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The Nissan Versa S sedan ($12,110) comes with a manual transmission, manual windows and door locks, four-speaker CD audio, Bluetooth hands-free phone, and 15-inch steel wheels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $885 destination charge.) Versa S Plus sedan ($14,250) substitutes a CVT for the manual gearbox, adding cruise control and a rear spoiler.

Versa SV sedan ($15,840) adds upgraded fabric upholstery, a split-folding rear seat, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, and a lighted USB port. A Special Edition package ($500) for the SV sedan includes a 5.0-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, foglamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome front-end accents, and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Versa Note S hatchback ($15,480) is equipped similar to S Plus sedan, with CVT. Versa Note SV hatchback ($16,380) is comparable to SV sedan, but also includes rearview camera and 5.0-inch display, plus Divide-N-Hide adjustable floor.

Versa Note SR hatchback ($17,980) gets sporty exterior and interior enhancements, including foglamps, a rear spoiler, suede-like seats, 16-inch alloy wheels, body-color side sills, and mirror-integrated turn-signal indicator.

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