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MSRP: $11,990 - $17,960
Invoice: $11,703 - $17,505
MPG: 27 City / 36 Hwy
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Nissan Versa Interior

The 2015 Nissan Versa has a very plain cabin that features low-grade materials, according to reviewers. Several also note that the Versa doesn’t have as many standard features as rival cars. The front seats are roomy but aren’t very comfortable on extended trips, and there’s a surprising amount of room in the back seat, auto writers report.

  • "Up front, controls and cabin materials are basic." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Up front, the dashboard features easy-to-use controls but suffers from decidedly downmarket materials. At least revisions like a new center stack, steering wheel and instrument cluster freshen things up for the latest model year." -- Left Lane News
  • "The first thing that strikes you about the 2015 Nissan Versa's passenger cabin is its roominess. Nowhere is this more evident than in the backseat, where even tall adults will find a surprisingly generous amount of legroom." -- Edmunds
  • “But you'll rap your knuckles black and blue in the hunt for any soft-touch surfaces beyond the one under your butt. The materials aren't any better under visual inspection, either; they look hard, entry level, and cheap." -- Car and Driver (2014)

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Seating 

The Versa seats five and comes with a four-way manually adjustable driver seat. Available features include a driver seat armrest and upgraded cloth seats. Test drivers say it’s hard for drivers to find a comfortable seating position because the seat doesn’t adjust up or down and the steering wheel doesn’t telescope, and they add that front-seat comfort diminishes on long trips. Most reviewers agree that the Versa has spacious front seats and they’re especially impressed with the back seat, where there’s ample head- and legroom, which is a rare compliment for a subcompact car.

  • "The front seats are fine for short hops, but comfort wanes on longer drives. Taller drivers might find it hard to achieve a comfortable position due to the lack of a telescoping steering wheel. Shorter drivers will likely find the S and S Plus trims' lack of a height-adjustable seat to be problematic." -- Edmunds
  • "The Versa is commendably roomy, and folding rear seatbacks add versatility. In both Sedan and 5-door forms this is a small car that can comfortably seat two full-size adults in back." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Tall buyers on a budget will find much to like in the modestly-priced Versa, which offers a cavernous cabin. Space up front is ample, and there's more rear seat legroom than in the BMW 5-series, Mercedes-Benz E-class and short-wheelbase Lexus LS." -- Left Lane News
  • "There's plenty of head, shoulder, and legroom for front-seat occupants, but the space afforded rear-seat passengers is truly admirable." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

Interior Features

The 2015 Nissan Versa comes standard with a CD sound system, Bluetooth, an auxiliary input and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Buyers will have to upgrade to get power windows, power door locks and a USB port. Additional available features include touch-screen navigation, keyless entry, smartphone app integration, push-button start, cruise control, an upgraded stereo system, satellite radio, a rearview camera and Nissan's Around View Monitor, which uses multiple cameras to provide a 360-degree view around the vehicle that helps the driver park.

Reviewers report that the 2015 Versa’s climate controls are well-placed and its gauges are easy to read. However, critics point out that the cabin lacks some of the features that come standard on rival cars, including power door locks.  

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  • "While Bluetooth has been added to the standard features list this year, base-model Versas are still leanly equipped. Amenities like keyless entry, full power accessories and satellite radio are standard on certain competing models, but you'll have to pay extra to get them on the Versa." -- Edmunds
  • "Aside from interior volume, the Versa doesn't offer many features that help it stand out." -- AutoTrader
  • "The hatchback does inherit the sedan's dashboard. This isn't a problem in terms of basic design and layout, with highly legible gauges straight ahead, three large and easy-to-reach dials for HVAC control, and an optional navigation screen that's sufficient for this class." -- Car and Driver (2014)

Cargo

The 2015 Nissan Versa sedan has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is excellent for a subcompact car. The Versa Note hatchback has 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 38.3 cubic feet with the seats folded. These figures are OK for the class, though some rival hatchbacks have more overall space, including the Hyundai Accent and Chevrolet Sonic. Automotive writers say the Versa sedan has a spacious trunk with a broad opening and a low liftover height, which makes it easy to load.

  • "Those who prefer not to travel light will appreciate the sedan's spacious trunk." -- Edmunds
  • "As a grocery-getter, the sedan holds much in its 14.9-cubic-foot trunk, while the Note swallows 18.8 cubic feet with rear seats up or up to 38.3 with them down." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… the Versa sedans has one of the largest trunks in the segment. The aperture is wide enough to accommodate most large boxes, and liftover is very low." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 7/18/14

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