2013 Nissan Versa

MSRP $11,990 - $16,890

Ranked #4 in Sedan

8.0

Overall Rating

2013 Nissan Versa Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 6, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Nissan has been one of those brands which rarely leaves any stone unturned, but it is truly said that you can’t be anywhere and everywhere at the same time. The quote feels even more lively when you analyze the 2013 Nissan Versa, which is a baggage of mixed feelings. It is evident on paper that there have been some tweaks in the drivetrain and aerodynamics.

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Pros

Lower price tag

Impressive fuel economy

Cons

Outdated interior

Lacks exterior appeal

Feature deficit trims

What's New?

Drivetrain upgrade improves mileage

Aerodynamic update with the decklid spoiler


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$11990

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

118 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

98 cu.in.

horsepower

109 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

107 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

102.4 in.

length

175.4 in.

width

66.7 in.

height

59.6 in.

curb weight

2354 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

90.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.9 cu ft.

payload capacity

860 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/31/36 mpg

highway range

388.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

1.6 S$11,990 onwards

1.6 S Plus$13,790 onwards

1.6 SV$15,240 onwards

1.6 SL$16,890 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Nissan Versa in Arctic Blue Metallic color
Arctic Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


Moreover, one has to praise Nissan for launching a sedan that can be owned by the general masses with a starting price of $12,780 which tends to increase up to $17,680. On the contrary, the maximum price tag of the Versa is the beginning of its rivals. The Toyota CorollaHonda Civic, and Hyundai Elantra are among the few which are at their prime to dethrone the Versa of whatever it owns.


8.5/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2013 Nissan Versa Features

8.5/10

Available in 4 formats: S, S Plus, SV, and SL, the 2013 Nissan Versa is simply one of the cheapest sedans in the market. The S trim is available in either manual or automatic, while the other trims get a CVT attached to them. The S trim and S Plus get the cloth-trimmed seats, while the SL just improves in the degree and not the kind. The S Plus and higher trims get a rear spoiler to improve their dynamics. Moreover, the SV has been given a 4 Speaker Audio Unit for playing your favorite music all day long.

Trim

S

S Plus

SV

SL

MSRP (Manual)

$12,780

N/A

N/A

N/A

MSRP (Auto/CVT)

$13,780

$14,580

$16,030

$17,680

Key Features

EPAS

Same as S with added features:

4 Speaker Audio Unit

Vehicle dynamic control

 

15" x 5.5" steel wheels

CVT

Transmission shift interlock

15" x 5.5" 7-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels

 

P185/65HR15 all-season tires

Rear Spoiler

Zone body construction

Bluetooth hands-free phone system

 

Cloth seat trim

 

Energy-absorbing steering column

Brake Assist

 

Electronic Brake Force Distribution 

 

Energy-absorbing Bumpers

Immobilizer system

The Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Vehicle Dynamic Control are standard across all the trims of Versa. There are a few other impressive attachments like the energy-absorbing panels that have been fixed over the Zone body construction. The list of interior tech-ends is brief and might be the denting segment as well. One gets a little extra from the Bluetooth hands-free phone system, XM satellite radio, and Speed-Sensitive Volume even in the highest trim.

We Recommend

The lower trims are cheap, and so do their features. Except for safety, there is literally no point in considering them at all. The highest trim SL is comparable to competitors and is more packed and well-organized than its sibling. The trims except for the SL are lackluster in comfort and interior engagement. The entertainment pack is also more involving for you in the SL. Therefore, skip the line and own an SL.

2013 Nissan Versa Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The standard 1.6L I-4 has been placed under the hood of all the trims of the 2013 Versa which can produce the power of 109 hp and torque of 107 lb-ft. The powertrain is coupled with either a manual or automatic in the S trim. Apart from the S, the CVT is common for the rest. This helps Versa achieve an acceleration that can move from a standstill to a speed of 60 mph within 10.1 seconds. The FWD layout, as general placement, has some understeering, which is canceled out by the dynamic control unit to some extent.

Model

2013 Nissan Versa

2013 Toyota Corolla

2013 Honda Civic

2013 Hyundai Elantra

MSRP

$17,680

$17,040

$18,955

$17,760

Engine

1.6L I-4

1.8L I-4

1.8L I-4

1.8L I-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

5-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

Power

(hp @ RPM)

109 @ 6000

132 @ 6000

140 @ 6500

148 @ 6500

Torque

(lb-ft @ RPM)

107 @ 4400

128 @ 4400

128 @ 4300

131 @ 4700

0-60 MPH (seconds)

10.1

10.1

10.1

7.9

Quarter mile (seconds)

17.4

N/A

N/A

N/A

Top speed (mph)

108

N/A

130

116

Call it a coincidence or whatever you may so that the Versa Corolla and Civic have the same timing for the 0-60 mph mark, while the Elantra outclasses all. The top speed, on the other hand, favors Civic with 130 mph on the meter. Honestly speaking, the manual gear shift might be the art of driving, but the CVT of the Versa is an easy drive with smooth shifting which boosts the economy as well. All of them have comparable engine capacity but what makes the difference are power distribution and power to weight ratio.

2013 Nissan Versa Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Fuel economy is definitely a forte of the 2013 Nissan Versa as it offers 31 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highways, and 35 overall, which when coupled with 10.8 gallons of fuel tank gives a range of 432 miles. One need not worry much about daily commuting, but long traveling might be an issue with it. It already has the segment-leading return among the rivals, so a bigger fuel tank capacity will eventually fill the void. The rivals have comparatively lower mileage, but their tanks keep the refueling miles away.

Model

2013 Nissan Versa

2013 Toyota Corolla

2013 Honda Civic

2013 Hyundai Elantra

MPG (city)

31

27

28

28

MPG (Highway)

40

34

36

38

MPG (Combined)

35

30

31

32

Fuel Capacity

10.8

13.2

13.2

12.8

Range (City/hwy)

334.80 / 432

356.40 / 448.8

369.60 / 475.2

358.40 / 486.4

The engine capacity for all of them is somewhat close to one another. None of them have either a supercharger or turbo integrated into it. That is why the rivals have a similar standing, altogether, in the end. But one of the keynotes to observe is that the Elantra is the most practical one as it has supreme acceleration and mileage at the same time. Thus, it sets a benchmark for others to follow.

2013 Nissan Versa Interior

9.0/10

The 2013 Nissan Versa lacks the feel of any premium touch or leatherette inside the cabin. The cloth trimming for the seat is all you get even in the highest trim. The standard bucket seats are neither ventilated nor power-heated. Moreover, it is also average in its interior tech ends. The only difference one may spot across the trims is the finisher accent on the gear shifter. Apart from that, all of them have those standard air conditioning and Bluetooth controls. On the whole, it has a dull ambiance, which is not at all worth considering. 

Model

2013 Nissan Versa

2013 Toyota Corolla

2013 Honda Civic

2013 Hyundai Elantra

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.8/51.7/41.8

38.8/ 54.8/ 41.7

37.9/ 56.6/ 42.0

40.0/ 55.9/ 43.6

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.6/51.9/37

37.2/ 54.7/ 36.3

36.2/ 53.3/ 36.2

37.1/ 54.8/ 33.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

13.1

12.3

12.5

14.8

The Versa might lack the intangibility and comfort, but it is decent in its spaciousness. Even, the rear is acceptable to a large extent. It has one of the biggest cargo capacities of 13.1 cu-ft. The seating positioning and height make the interior ergonomics and visibility accessible as well. The analytics drive home the point about the parallelism in terms of space management for others simultaneously. Hence, all are immanent to the extremities of the segment. Some of the interior features include:

  • Cloth seat trim
  • Speed-sensitive power door locks
  • Power rear trunk release
  • Cargo area lamp

How intuitive is the 2013 Nissan Versa infotainment unit?

To be honest, the 2013 Versa is not of the same cadre, which is generally expected from Nissan. It is exceptionally deficient in its offering as it has nothing but a 2-speaker Audio Unit for the lower and 4-speaker audio set for the Higher trims along with a pair of AM/FM stereo and MP3 Player. A few of the other features are the XM satellite radio, Radio Data System, and iPod input. It does get the Speed Compensated Volume Control, but once done with that, the options are over. Some of the features are:

  • Speed Compensated Volume Control
  • XM satellite radio
  • AM/FM stereo
  • 4-speaker audio set

2013 Nissan Versa Exterior

7.0/10

That compelling attitude that radiates out of the general Nissan models is perfectly miss-matched in its silhouette. The cabin area is incommensurate with respect to the corresponding front and rear. It is even inconclusive what exactly Nissan wants to convey through its expression. But, the Versa does get a rear spoiler except for the S trim along with trunk lid finisher, which at least, improves the rating to some extent. The 15" x 5.5" 7-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels on which it rests have low rolling resistance, which is a plus point but as per look-wise add no extra inch of favoritism. 

Model

2013 Nissan Versa

2013 Toyota Corolla

2013 Honda Civic

2013 Hyundai Elantra

Curb Weight (lbs)

2440

2734

2740

2661

Length (in.)

176

180

179.4

178.3

Width (in.)

66.7

69.4

69

69.9

Height (in.)

60.4

57.7

56.5

56.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.8

5.8

N/A

5.5

Wheelbase (in.)

102.4

102.4

105.1

106.3

The Versa is one of the most compact sedans among the rivals yet allows you to seat yourself comfortably. It has even a decent ground clearance of 6.8 inches, which is desirable for 860 lbs of payload. The others are also close to the figures and have the same seating capacity, but each one of them has a disadvantage of extra weightage of at least 200 pounds which can affect their overall handling dynamics. Thus, cheers to the Versa for its versatility in this domain. Some of the exterior features are:

  • 15" x 5.5" 7-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels
  • P185/65HR15 all-season tires
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Trunk lid finisher

2013 Nissan Versa Safety

8.0/10

The 2013 Nissan Versa might not be an attractive one to own, but there is one reason because of which it has kept its market face value stable to date, and that reason is none other than its safety aids. The NHTSA rates it 4 out of 5 in its crash test, while IIHS names it as the “Top Safety Pick” among the participants. This is assisted by an array of high-tech features like the Vehicle Dynamic Control and Electronic Brake Force Distribution. Pure engineering in its energy-absorbing bumpers and steering wheels are as impressive as its impact resilient Zone body construction. Thus, there is hardly any sedan that is so armed at such a price tag. Some of the safety features are:

  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control
  • Zone body construction
  • Energy-absorbing bumpers

2013 Nissan Versa Final Verdict

After analyzing all on various grounds, the 2013 Nissan Versa is not the best pick but can be considered after the Elantra. The lower trims are of no value, and the logic behind introducing them is still unclear. The only viable trim is the SL and has some decency in safety aids. But when it comes to appeal and feel, it is no different from its siblings. All in all, a practical car in terms of economy and space, yet its voyage is to find the shore.

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