2017 Nissan Versa 1.6 SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

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Pricing Information

MSRP: $15,720
Dealer Invoice: $15,328
Delivery Charge: $885
Used Retail Price: $12,568
Used Private Price: $11,024
Used Trade-In Price: $8,978

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Editor Review

2017 Nissan Versa Review

Introduction

Virtually every fast food place has some sort of "value menu" filled with good stuff at prices that won't break the bank. Which, when you stop to think of it, is a remarkably good analogy for the 2017 Nissan Versa. This compact sedan offers some appealing qualities for not a lot of dough. High points include a smooth ride, good fuel economy, a large trunk and one of the roomiest rear seats in the segment.

Of course, as you'd expect, the entry-level Versa model isn't exactly lavishly equipped. That means you'll have to spring for one of the higher (and more expensive) trim levels to get many of the amenities you might want, such as keyless entry, cruise control, and power windows and door locks. The Versa's acceleration and handling are also a bit lackluster compared to the performance of most competing sedans.

Some of our favorites in this class include the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta and new Toyota Yaris iA, all of which offer sharper handling and more engaging styling and design. The Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio also boast better acceleration and more style at a similar price point. But if you're primarily looking for a car that provides maximum interior room at a minimum price, the 2017 Nissan Versa could be worth a look.

What's New

For 2017, the Nissan Versa gets a new SV Special Edition option package along with minor interior tweaks.

Body

The 2017 Nissan Versa is a subcompact sedan offered in four trim levels: S, S Plus, SV and SL. The Nissan Versa Note hatchback is covered in a separate review.

The entry-level S model comes with 15-inch steel wheels, power mirrors, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, manual locks and windows, a tilt-only steering wheel, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a trip computer, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, steering-wheel audio controls and an auxiliary audio input jack.

The S Plus gets a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT), a rear spoiler and cruise control.

Stepping up to the SV model gets you remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks, upgraded cloth upholstery and interior trim, a height-adjustable driver's seat with an armrest, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, upgraded instrumentation, map lights and a USB port.

The new SV Special Edition option package adds 15-inch alloy wheels, foglights, chrome exterior accents, variable intermittent windshield wipers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera, an audio system with a 5-inch color display, satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio and a hands-free text messaging feature.

The SL trim starts with the contents of the aforementioned SV Special Edition package and adds 16-inch alloy wheels, side mirrors with integrated turn signals, keyless ignition and entry, and a navigation system.

Interior

The 2017 Nissan Versa is roomy, though we haven't found it to be particularly comfortable. The combination of the lack of a height-adjustable driver seat on lower trim levels and the tilt-only adjustable steering wheel can make it hard to find a comfortable driving position. The rear seats are the big story here, though, with enough head- and legroom to accommodate 6-footers, something few rival models can claim.

Though the Versa's interior is bare-bones, the gauges and controls are easy to see and operate. The fact that upscale items such as a rearview camera and navigation system can be had is a positive, but it bears noting that adding these goodies chips away at the Versa's price advantage.

Out back, the Versa's huge trunk offers 14.9 cubic feet of cargo room. If that isn't enough for you, the 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks on SV and SL models open up still more space for your stuff.

Powertrain

The 2017 Nissan Versa is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the S, and a four-speed automatic is optional. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard on all other Versa models. All transmissions send power to the front wheels.

In Edmunds performance testing, a Versa sedan with the CVT went from zero to 60 mph in 10.4 seconds, which is about a half-second slower than the average subcompact or compact sedan.

With the CVT automatic, EPA estimated fuel economy stands at an excellent 35 mpg combined (31 city/39 highway), though most competitors achieve similar numbers. With the standard five-speed manual transmission, those numbers dip to 30 mpg combined (27 city/36 highway). The four-speed automatic also gets 29 mpg combined (26 city/35 highway).

Driving

On the road, the 2017 Nissan Versa delivers a comfortable ride quality even over rough road surfaces. The downside to this comfort-oriented suspension is overly soft and uninspiring handling. Acceleration also leaves something to be desired, and the engine gets loud when pressed hard in passing or merging situations. This is especially true in Versas fitted with the continuously variable transmission, which exacerbates the droning engine note.

Safety

The 2017 Nissan Versa comes standard with antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is standard on the SL and optional on the SV.

In Edmunds brake testing, a Versa SL sedan came to a stop from 60 mph in 128 feet, which is about 6 feet longer than the segment average.

In government crash tests, the Versa sedan earned four stars (out of a possible five) for front-crash protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Versa sedan earned a top rating of Good in the moderate-overlap front-impact, side-impact and roof strength tests. The Versa's head restraint and seat design was given a second-highest rating of Acceptable for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

Pro

Roomy interior with an adult-friendly backseat; low base price; comfortable ride; large trunk; high fuel economy with CVT.

Con

Bland performance and personality; noisy engine; no telescoping steering wheel.

Bottom Line

The 2017 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.

Manufacturer's Warranty

Type: Roadside
• Maximum Years: 3
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Comments: Limited To Towing Service To The Nearest Authorized Nissan Dealer If Your Vehicle Is Inoperative Due To The Failure Of A Warranted Part.
• Start Date: Sep-07-2016 03:37 PM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 36000

Type: Drivetrain
• Maximum Years: 5
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: Sep-07-2016 03:37 PM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 60000

Type: Basic
• Maximum Years: 3
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: Sep-07-2016 03:37 PM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 36000

Type: Rust
• Maximum Years: 5
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: U
• Start Date: Sep-07-2016 03:37 PM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099

Standard Features

Audio Features - Audio (SV)

• Total Number Of Speakers: 4
• Digital Audio Input: Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
• Cd Player: Single CD Player
• Cd Mp3 Playback
• Speed Sensitive Volume Control
• Usb Connection
• Radio: AM/FM
• Consumer Generic Feature 0: Aux Audio Inputs
• Consumer Generic Feature 1: USB Inputs

Cargo Dimensions

• Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place (cubic feet): 14.9
• Max Cargo Capacity: 14.9

Mobile Connectivity

• Bluetooth: Bluetooth

Instrumentation

• Clock
• External Temperature Gauge: External Temperature Display
• Tachometer
• Tire Pressure Monitoring System: Tire Pressure Monitoring
• Trip Computer

Misc. Exterior Features

• Rear Spoiler

Doors

• Number Of Doors: 4

Front Passenger Seat

• Number Of Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4

Steering

• Power Steering: Electric Power Steering

1st Row Seats

• 1st Row Seat Type: Bucket
• 1st Row Upholstery: Premium Cloth
• Adjustable Seat Headrest: Height Adjustable Headrests
• Number Of 1st Row Headrests: 2

Interior Dimensions

• 1st Row Head Room: 39.8
• 1st Row Hip Room: 48.1
• 1st Row Leg Room: 41.8
• 1st Row Shoulder Room: 51.7
• 2nd Row Head Room: 36.6
• 2nd Row Hip Room: 46.2
• 2nd Row Leg Room: 37.0
• 2nd Row Shoulder Room: 51.9 in.
• EPA Interior Volume: 105.1

Spare Tire/Wheel

• Spare Tire Mount Location: Inside
• Spare Tire Size: Temporary

Power Outlets

• Power Outlet(s): 12V

Exterior Dimensions

• Overall Height: 59.6
• Overall Length: 175.4
• Overall Width Without Mirrors: 66.7
• Wheelbase: 102.4

Windows

• Intermittent Front Wipers: Intermittent
• One Touch Windows: 1
• Power Windows
• Rear Defogger

Steering Wheel

• Audio Controls On Steering Wheel: Audio Controls
• Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel: Cruise Controls
• Phone Controls On Steering Wheel
• Steering Wheel Adjustments: Tilt-adjustable

Storage

• Cupholders Location: Front And Rear
• Door Pockets Location: Front
• Seatback Storage: Front Seatback Storage

Seating Configuration

• 1st Row Seating Capacity: 2
• 2nd Row Seating Capacity: 3

Air Conditioning

• Front Air Conditioning: Air Conditioning
• Front Air Conditioning Zones: Single

Differential

• Final Drive Ratio: 3.75

Seatbelts

• 2nd Row Center Seatbelt: 3-point Belt

Suspension

• Front Spring Type: Coil Springs
• Front Stabilizer Bar: Stabilizer Bar
• Front Suspension Classification: Independent
• Independent Suspension: Front
• Rear Spring Type: Coil Springs
• Rear Stabilizer Bar: Integrated Stabilizer Bar
• Rear Suspension Classification: Semi-independent

Specifications

• Curb Weight (lbs): 2489
• EGE City MPG: 31
• EGE Combined MPG: 34
• EGE Highway MPG: 39
• EPA City MPG: 31
• EPA Combined MPG: 34
• EPA Highway MPG: 39
• Fuel Capacity (gallons): 10.8
• Gross Vehicle Weight: 3389
• Payload: 903
• TCO Curb Weight (lbs): 2489
• Turning Diameter (feet): 34.8

Brake System

• Antilock Braking System: 4-wheel ABS
• Braking Assist
• Front Brake Type: Ventilated Disc
• Rear Brake Type: Drum

Drive Type

• Driven Wheels: Front Wheel Drive

Misc. Interior Features

• Cruise Control

Driver Seat

• Height Adjustable Driver Seat: Height Adjustable
• Number Of Driver Seat Manual Adjustments: 6

Security

• Power Door Locks: Remote Keyless Power Door Locks

Airbags

• Head Airbags: Front And Rear
• Passenger Airbag Deactivation: Occupant Sensing Deactivation
• Side Airbags: Dual Front

2nd Row Seats

• 2nd Row Seat Type: Bench
• Adjustable 2nd Row Headrests: Height Adjustable Headrests
• Folding 2nd Row: Split Folding
• Number Of 2nd Row Headrests: 2

Mirrors

• Exterior Mirror Adjustment: Power

Tires - P 185/65 R15 All Season

• Rear Tire Width: 185
• Rear Tire Prefix: P
• Tire Type: All Season
• Rear Tire Diameter: 15
• Rear Tire Profile: 65

Wheels - 15x5.5 Steel Wheel W/Cover

• Rim Type: Steel
• Rear Wheel Diameter: 15
• Wheel Covers: Full Wheel Covers
• Rear Wheel Width: 5.5

Available Options

Option/Package Availability MSRP/Invoice
50 State Emissions All$0 / $0
Auto Dimming Rearview Mirror W/Compass & Homelink All$285 / $228
Chrome Trunk Accent All$120 / $106
Interior Trim Appliques6-piece metallic trim in the following areas: 2 trim pieces around front center air conditioning vents, 2 trim pieces for front doors' window switch surround and 2 trim pieces for rear doors' window switch surround; Available in Black Metallic and Gray Metallic SV/SL Sedan$230 / $185
Illuminated Kick Plates All$350 / $266
SV Special Edition Package15" x 5.5" alloy wheels; Front fog lights; Front fascia chrome accents; Variable intermittent front wipers; Leather wrapped steering wheel; Piano Black console lid; 5.0-inch color display audio; SiriusXM Satellite radio (Subscription required, sold separately); Streaming audio via Bluetooth; Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant; Rearview monitor; Special Edition emblem SV Sedan$500 / $443
Splash Guards All$190 / $148
Floor & Trunk Mats (5-Piece)Front, rear and trunk carpeted floor mats All$185 / $0
15" Accessory Alloy Wheels SV Sedan$700 / $577
Fog LightsFront fog lights; Front fascia chrome accents; Variable intermittent front wipers SV Sedan$345 / $259

Available Colors

Nissan Versa Exterior Colors:

Super Black
 
Fresh Powder
 
Cayenne Red
 
Brilliant Silver
 
Titanium
 
Graphite Blue
 
Gun Metallic
 
Metallic Blue
 

Nissan Versa Interior Colors:

Charcoal Premium Cloth
 
Sandstone Premium Cloth
 

Safety Features

Traction control
Front and rear head airbags
Tire pressure monitoring
Dual front side-mounted airbags
2 front headrests
Stability control
Rear center 3-point belt
Ventilated front disc / rear drum brakes
Child seat anchors
4-wheel ABS
2 rear headrests
Rear height adjustable headrests
Emergency braking assist
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Rear door child safety locks

IISH Information
(Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ratings)

Side impact test - Good

Roof Strength Test - Good

Rear crash protection/head restraint - Good

IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results - Not Tested

IIHS Moderate Overlap Front Test Results - Good

Mechanical Features

Engine: 1.6liter
Cylinders: 4
Displacement: 1598
Horsepower: 109
Valves: 16
Torque: 107
Fuel: Regular Unleaded
Transmission: continuously variable speed AUTOMATIC
Drive Type: Front Wheel Drive

Recalls

Nissan Versa Recalls Issued - 2017

Recall Number: 17V275000
Component Description: AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
Manufacturered From: to
Owner Notification Date:
Number of Vehicle Affected: 509
Consequence: In the event of a crash, if the passenger frontal air bag does not deploy as intended, it can increase the risk of injury.
Corrective Action: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag module, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
Description: Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2017 Versa, and Versa Note vehicles. The ring plate that secures the air bag cushion to the passenger frontal air bag assembly may fail, possibly causing the air bag to deploy improperly in the event of a crash.
Recall Number: 16V724000
Component Description: AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Manufacturered From: 2016-07-31 to 2016-08-15
Owner Notification Date:
Number of Vehicle Affected: 1,754
Consequence: In the event of a crash necessitating side curtain air bag deployment, if the side curtain air bags do not deploy as intended there would be an increased risk of injury.
Corrective Action: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the left and right side curtain air bags, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
Description: Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2017 Versa vehicles manufactured August 1, 2016, to August 16, 2016. A seam in the fabric section of the side curtain air bags may tear during side curtain air bag deployment, potentially affecting the performance of the air bag. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 226, "Ejection Mitigation", and number 214, "Side Impact Protection."