2017 Nissan Versa Sedan

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2017 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.

2017 Nissan
Versa Sedan

Starting at: $11,990

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  • Air conditioning
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • 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"
  • Rear window defroster
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Tachometer
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
1.6 S 2017 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 S Search New $11,990   109-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  27 / 36  
1.6 S 2017 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 S Search New $13,680   109-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  4-spd auto  26 / 35  
1.6 S+ 2017 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 S+ Search New $14,130   109-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 39  
1.6 SV CVT 2017 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 SV CVT Search New $15,720   109-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 39  
1.6 SL 2017 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 SL Search New $17,280   109-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 39  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

Nissan has long been known for the quality of its continuously variable transmissions, which have been improving steadily. In a Versa, however, the CVT contributes to sluggish responses from the 109-horsepower engine. Thus, Versas feel underpowered compared to likely rivals, which may restrict their ability to comfortably pass another vehicle or enter an expressway gracefully.

Acceleration from a standstill to 60 mph is indisputably leisurely, taking about 11.5 seconds. In addition to typical engine noise that accompanies CVT operation when accelerating, the Versa can emit considerable rumble even at steadier speed. Easing up on the gas pedal, it’s reasonably quiet.

Riding quite well even through rougher terrain, Versas also handle in a satisfactory manner. Steering is suitably weighted, though it feels light and often demands numerous small corrections at the wheel to remain on course, thanks in part to slim tires.

All told, a Versa qualifies as competent, but lacks any observable qualities that might signal an enjoyable, or inspiring, driving experience. For most likely buyers, who don’t expect sporty behavior but appreciate ride comfort, a Versa will satisfy.

Good build quality is a bonus, and most road and tire noises are acceptably suppressed. Front-disc/rear-drum brakes do an effective job.

With a CVT, the Versa is EPA-rated at a thrifty 31/39 mpg City/Highway, or 34 mpg Combined. The S model, with 5-speed manual shift, gets an estimate of only 27/36 mpg City/Highway, or 30 mpg Combined.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

Despite visual similarities to Nissan’s larger Sentra and Altima, the Versa has a look of its own, which is less than rousing. Especially in its lowest trim level, the Versa sedan has to be called plain, if not outright dowdy. Large swept-back headlights flank the chromed grille in a sculpted front end, yet few would declare the overall look graceful.

Sharing no sheetmetal with its sedan counterpart, the Note hatchback conveys a more attractive demeanor, helped by more suitable body proportions. Even so, the sedan outsells Nissan’s hatchback.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

Though functional, the Versa cabin lacks any special styling flair. The Note version, in particular, looks bigger inside than its exterior dimensions suggest.

Dashboard appearance differs little between the hatchback and the sedan. Both body styles feature a dual-cockpit design. Hard plastic surfaces are abundant. That’s no surprise in the entry-level subcompact category, but Versa’s materials tend to feel hollow and thin.

Climate control is a simple process, using three knobs, but a gritty sensation is evident when using the switches and buttons.

Back seats are surprisingly sizable, allowing two average-size adults to sit in reasonable comfort, even when sitting behind similar-size front passengers. Upper trim levels include a folding rear seatback.

Front seats are well-bolstered at the sides, but their bottom cushions are short and flat. For a subcompact sedan, trunk space is sizable.

The Note hatchback promises greater utility, helped by its 60/40-split back seat. What Nissan calls a Divide-n-Hide Adjustable Floor provides recessed storage compartments beneath the cargo floor, keeping small items out of view of passing pedestrians.


New Car Test Drive

Serious budget-minded shoppers who’d rather have a new car than a used one have few to choose from. Despite drawbacks, Nissan’s roomy little Versa, at least in lower trim levels, is one worth considering. Most buyers would be wise to skip the minimally equipped, too-basic S model with its manual gearbox, in favor of an SV, especially with the Special Edition option group. Of course, some larger cars are more refined and get almost comparable gas mileage.

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

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

The 2017 Nissan Versa S sedan ($11,990) has 5-speed manual shift, plus air conditioning and an audio system with four speakers, a CD player, and Bluetooth support for a mobile phone. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.) S Plus sedan ($13,990) is CVT-only, gaining cruise control, body-color power mirrors, and a rear spoiler that improves aerodynamics.

Versa Note S Plus ($15,480) is the entry-level hatchback.

Versa SV sedan ($15,580) includes power windows and locks, keyless entry, height adjustment for the driver’s seat, upgraded cloth upholstery, and USB input for the audio system. Versa Note SV ($16,380) is the hatchback version.

Versa SL sedan ($17,140) gets its own alloy wheels, navigation, and a proximity key with keyless ignition. Versa Note SL ($18,710) includes NissanConnect with navigation and apps, a 5.8-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, Around View monitor, and SiriusXM Travel Link.

Versa Note SR hatchback ($17,980) comes with body-color side sills, foglamps, a rear spoiler, suede-like seat upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

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