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MSRP: $11,990 - $16,890
Invoice: $11,703 - $16,465
MPG: 27 City / 36 Hwy
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Nissan Versa Interior

Reviewers say the 2014 Nissan Versa’s cabin is extremely basic. Hard, plastic materials look and feel low-end, they report. What the Versa does provide, test drives note, is plenty of space, especially in the rear seats, which is unusual for a subcompact car. Reviewers report that the Versa offers clear gauges and well-marked controls that are close at hand, as well as a decent amount of available features for the class.

  • “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
  • "As in the sedan, the Versa Note's dash and door panels are made from nicely grained but rock-hard plastic materials." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Interior materials are sturdy, but not particularly posh. Hard plastics abound and seats are cloth-only, but at its $15,990 price point, the SV adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with built-in radio controls, a height-adjustable driver seat, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, and a wireless cell-phone link." -- Consumer Guide
  • “It's the most basic of layouts, with plenty of hard plastics. Compared to competing hatchbacks, this Versa's cabin is uninteresting and dated-looking.” -- Edmunds
  • "The Versa sedan's cabin quality is disappointing because its basic materials and controls are a step backward from the prior-generation car. However, the Versa remains a space-efficient car and can comfortably accommodate adult passengers in the front and rear seats at the same time." -- Cars.com (2013)

Seating 

The Versa seats five and comes with a tilting steering column and manually-adjustable driver’s seat. A driver’s seat armrest and upgraded cloth seats are available. Reviewers say that one of the Versa’s best features is its roomy cabin. This is especially noticeable in the rear seats, which reviewers say offer enough legroom to comfortably accommodate tall passengers. The seats themselves are sufficiently adjustable and comfy, test drivers report, and getting in and out of the car is a breeze.

  • "A six-footer can adjust the driver's seat to a comfortable position, get in the rear seat behind, and have plenty of legroom. We're not talking limo space, but it is quite usable for a car in this segment.” -- Car and Driver
  • "To the Note's credit, there is an abundance of space inside. This is especially true for the rear seats, which can comfortably accommodate full-size adults thanks to its class-leading 38.3 inches of legroom and generous headroom." -- Edmunds
  • "There's plenty of head, shoulder, and legroom for front-seat occupants, but the space afforded rear-seat passengers is truly admirable." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "They don't have any fake stitching, or big bolsters, but they are adjustable and they aren't uncomfortable. On my long highway commute, they were much more comfortable than a lot of the infinitely adjustable, Italian-leather sport buckets you'll find in other cars." -- AutoWeek (2012)

Interior Features

The 2014 Nissan Versa comes standard with a two-speaker CD sound system with an auxiliary input. Buyers will have to upgrade to get Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, power windows and door locks and a USB port, which are features that come standard on some rival cars. Additional options and features on higher trims include a multi-view camera, navigation, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, an upgraded stereo with satellite radio and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

Test drivers say that the Versa offers clear, legible gauges, as well as climate controls that are clearly marked and easy to reach. Additionally, some reviewers appreciate that the Versa is available with features like a rearview camera and keyless access with push-button start.

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  • "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
  • "The quality of the interior materials is low, even for the subcompact segment, but gauges and controls are at least well placed and intuitive. The availability of desirable features such as keyless ignition/entry and a rearview camera is a nice touch for a car with a sub-$20,000 sticker price." -- Edmunds
  • "On the upside, its chunky buttons and knobs are easy to reach and decipher." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The 2014 Versa sedan has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is excellent for a subcompact car. A split-folding rear seat is available on all except the base sedan, and is standard on hatchback models. 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. This is decent, although some rival small hatchbacks have more overall space, like the Kia Rio. Reviewers say the Versa sedan has a large trunk with a wide opening and a low liftover height, which they say makes it easy to load.

  • "The trunk, too, has a surprising amount of room. With 14.9 cubic feet of capacity, the Versa's hull is larger than that of Nissan's flagship sedan, the Maxima." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "… 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)
  • "The interior didn't feel too tight and I was really impressed with the trunk. The girlfriend and I fit a load of groceries in the back along with a pretty big cooler and had no problems." -- AutoWeek (2012 sedan)
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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