Nissan Versa Review
The 2015 Nissan Versa ranks 41 out of 42 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Versa, as well as reliability and safety data.
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The 2015 Nissan Versa has a bare-bones interior and delivers a dull performance, but critics say it provides a spacious cabin and decent fuel economy for a bargain-basement price.
The 2015 Nissan Versa's four-cylinder engine accelerates slowly and struggles to climb hills or reach highway speeds, according to some test drivers, but others say it provides decent power for commuting. The base sedan and the Versa Note come standard with a five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic transmission is available with the base sedan alone, but critics say when accelerating hard the automatic becomes noisy. The 2015 Versa gets its best fuel economy estimates with the automatic transmission, delivering 31/40 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class. According to reviewers, the Versa has a comfortable ride. They say that its steering is predictable and the Versa is easy to drive, but most critics agree that its handling is drab, adding that it isn’t nearly as fun to drive as more athletic rivals like the Ford Fiesta or Kia Rio.
Reviewers say the Versa's interior is constructed with inferior materials and has very basic styling. They find ample leg- and shoulder room in the front seats, but say they are not supportive on long-distance trips. The back seat has enough legroom for two tall riders and is sufficiently roomy, reviewers say. Trunk space in the Versa sedan is big for the class, and cargo space in the Note hatchback rivals competitors'. Standard features are limited compared with the Versa's rivals, according to some critics. The 2015 Versa comes standard with Bluetooth, an auxiliary input and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Available features include power door locks, a USB port, a touch-screen navigation system, smartphone app integration, push-button start, cruise control, satellite radio, a rearview camera, and Nissan's Around View Monitor, which uses multiple cameras to provide a 360-degree view around the vehicle to aid in parking.
- "Although visually unremarkable, what makes the Versa so attractive is that it doesn't cost much, holds its value fairly well, delivers excellent fuel economy and has an abundance of space for both passengers and cargo. In fact, the Versa features 90 cu ft. of interior volume. Impressively, there is more rear legroom than in a BMW 5 Series or a Mercedes-Benz E-Class." -- AutoTrader
- "The 2015 Nissan Versa sedan provides comfortable, spacious and inexpensive transportation, and comes with a generous choice of available amenities. Just don't expect much in terms of personality or driver engagement." -- Edmunds
- "Rivals like the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio and Honda Fit are more fun to drive, but none can touch the Versa's starting price." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Versa sedan has been the top-selling subcompact in recent years due to its combination of strong fuel efficiency, excellent interior space and low pricing - in fact, it's the cheapest car on sale in the U.S. Unfortunately, the latter is reflected in the Versa's poor interior quality and mediocre driving dynamics." -- Left Lane News
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Like the Versa, the Kia Rio is available as either a sedan or a hatchback. With the rear seats folded, the Rio hatchback offers substantially more cargo space than the Versa Note. Test drivers say it’s zippy off the line and has precise steering, especially in the sport-tuned SX trim.
Details: 2015 Nissan Versa
The 2015 Nissan Versa seats five and comes with front-wheel drive. It’s available in sedan and hatchback (Versa Note) body styles. All models come with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. The Versa sedan is available in S, S Plus, SV and SL trims, while the Versa Note comes in S, S Plus and SV trims, as well as SR and SL trims, which are new for 2015. A four-speed automatic is optional on the base sedan, while S Plus and higher trims come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Versa sedan was redesigned for 2012, and the Versa Note was introduced for the 2014 model year. Other than some interior and exterior updates, the Versa sees few changes for the 2015 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 to 2015 model years.
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