2015 Nissan Versa

MSRP $11,990 - $17,590

Ranked #8 in Sedan

7.5

Overall Rating

2015 Nissan Versa Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 22, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2015 Nissan Versa is all about being affordable and functional. Priced at about $11,990 for the base trim, the Versa is the cheapest Nissan car you can get in the US market. For a cheap price tag, it naturally comes with many compromises as well as trade-offs. However, it still has a lot going for it in terms of fuel efficiency and practicality. Available in a total of six trims, the 2015 model year does not offer any major updates. The sedan now comes with slightly refreshed styling and Bluetooth connectivity is now offered as standard.

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Pros

Affordable price tag

Roomy interior

Good fuel efficiency

Large boot space

Cons

Poor Performance

Below-average reliability scores

Low-quality interior materials

What's New?

Refreshed exterior styling

Standard Bluetooth


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$11990

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

113 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

2363 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

17.2 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$13,990 onwards

1.6 SV$15,530 onwards

1.6 SL$16,890 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Nissan Versa in Brilliant Silver color
Brilliant Silver

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

6.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The Versa is powered by the same old 109-horsepower four-cylinder engine that is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). There is no denying the fact that the car might feel a bit underpowered, however, it is still quite a capable everyday driver’s car. Being a car that is popular among the cabbies, the Versa finds it hard to break any sales record. It goes after other affordable compact sedans such as the Chevrolet Sonic and the Ford Fiesta Sedan.


7.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2015 Nissan Versa Features

7.5/10

The 2015 Nissan Versa is available in four different variants; S, S Plus, SV, and SL. All trims come with a six-speed manual transmission, as standard, and all trims use a 109 hp 1.6L inline-4 engine. In terms of the standard features, the Versa does not offer much as the base S trim feels quite spartan. However, functional features such as the auxiliary audio input jack, Bluetooth, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls are offered as standard. More advanced features such as keyless entry, push-button start, a hands-free text messaging assistant, and an audio system with a 5-inch display are offered only by the range-topping SL trim.

Trims

S

S Plus

SV

SL

MSRP (Manual)

$11,990

N/A

N/A

N/A

MSRP (CVT)

N/A

$13,990

$15,530

$16,890

Key Features

15-inch wheels

Features Includes S

Features Includes S Plus

16-inch alloy wheels

 

Air conditioning

Rear spoiler

60/40 Split fold-down rear seats

Fog Lights

 

Cloth upholstery

Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)

Remote keyless entry with remote trunk release

Nissan Easy-Fill tire alert

 

Bluetooth Phone connectivity

Cruise Control

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Hands-Free text messaging

 

Two speaker sound system

4-speaker audio system

Upgraded upholstery

5-inch infotainment display

 

Steering wheel audio controls

 

15-inch alloy wheels

Smartphone integration

We Recommend

If you are buying the Versa for personal use and not for commercial purposes, we strictly recommend you to stick with the SL trim. For $16,890 it gets you many modern-day features such as a 5-inch infotainment display and smartphone integration. It thus becomes the best value for money option in the trim lineup.

2015 Nissan Versa Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The Nissan Versa comes with the same old 1.6 L four-cylinder engine that generates 109 horsepower and 107 ft-lbs of torque. It is paired to a five-speed manual transmission as standard and a four-speed automatic transmission is offered as an optional upgrade with the base trim. All the other trims come with continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). 

The Versa provides acceptable power to crawl around the city as well as occasional cruising over the highway. However, it feels underpowered under full load, and overtaking traffic over the highway is not a breezy affair. The CVT gearbox feels clunky and the engine gets very noisy at high RPMs. Thus, the Versa is capable of reaching from zero to 60 mph in a rather lousy 10 seconds. 

Model

Nissan Versa Sedan

Chevrolet Sonic

Ford Fiesta Sedan

MSRP

$11,990

$15,495

$14,455

Engine

1.6L inline-4

1.8L inline-4

1.6L inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

Power

109 hp @ 6000 rpm

138 hp @ 6300 rpm

120 hp @ 6350 rpm

Torque

107 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

125 ft-lbs. @ 3800 rpm

112 ft-lbs. @ 5000 rpm

0-60 mph (seconds)

10

9.3

9.8

Quarter-mile (seconds)

17.5

17.3

17.3

Top Speed (mph)

119

110

112

While the Versa is the slowest of the lot, it offers the maximum top speed of 119 miles. While all the other compact sedans in this comparison perform similarly, it is the Chevrolet Sonic which is the quickest to reach 60 mph from a standstill. Versa’s lowest torque output means that you have to keep changing gears at slow speeds if you opt for the manual transmission.

2015 Nissan Versa Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Being a light car and a zippy car has its advantages. While the Versa might not be zippy, it certainly is quite fuel-efficient. With its pocket-friendly nature, it becomes an apt car to take on the city traffic on a daily basis. It offers 27 MPG in the city, 36 MPG on the highway, and 30 mpg combined mileage. Thus, there would be no complaints in terms of fuel efficiency, thanks to its light curb weight and a small engine.

Model

Nissan Versa Sedan

Chevrolet Sonic

Ford Fiesta Sedan

MPG (City) (mpg)

27

26

28

MPG (Highway) (mpg)

36

35

36

MPG (Combined) (mpg)

30

30

31

Fuel Capacity (gallon)

10.8

12.2

12.4

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

292/389/324

317/427/366

347/446/384

In comparison, the Ford Fiesta Sedan manages to squeeze out just a little bit more in terms of fuel efficiency. The Versa is not the most fuel-efficient sedan here but it is certainly not far behind the Fiesta. However, in terms of range, the Versa lags behind all its competitors due to its small 10.8 gallons of fuel tank capacity.

2015 Nissan Versa Interior

8.0/10

The Nissan Versa’s cabin can seat up to five people on board but it is best for seating only up to four people. The cheap price tag certainly comes with a lot of trade-offs in terms of interior. Getting inside the cabin is easy due to the wide-opening doors but once you are inside, you will instantly realize that it is built to a budget. Where the interior of the Versa impresses the most is in terms of space. At the front as well as at the rear, the passengers get a lot of stretches out. The dashboard looks boring and the cabin is full of hard plastics.

The front seats offer adequate support for the lower back but the under-thigh, as well as shoulder support, is lacking. The same is the case with the rear seats as well which are not suitable for undertaking long haul trips. The cabin of the Versa is meant for short city trips and the soft cushioning just makes the matter worse for using it for a long-distance journey. The overall visibility is impressive and you get adequate storage space to store your knick-knacks.

Model

Nissan Versa Sedan

Chevrolet Sonic

Ford Fiesta Sedan

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

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

39.8/51.7/41.8

38.7/53.4/41.8

39.1/52.7/42.2

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

36.6/51.9/37.0

37.8/53.0/34.6

37.1/49.0/31.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

14.9

14.9

12.8

The Versa offers class-leading boot space along with the Chevrolet Sonic. It can store up to 6 to 8 carry-on suitcases which are enough for storing luggage of up to five people. The Ford Fiesta Sedan on the other hand offers the smallest boot in its class. The Versa scores high in terms of cabin space but offers the most lackluster cabin in its class. Major interior features include-

  • Keyless start
  • Power steering
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Remote trunk release
  • Adjustable steering wheel
  • Remote Keyless Entry 
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Cruise control

How intuitive is the 2015 Nissan Versa’s infotainment unit?

Unlike all its rivals, the Versa does not offer a touchscreen infotainment system as standard. It offers a 5 or 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with higher trims. However, the interface feels dated and some might instead prefer the unit that comes only with physical buttons. The standard features such as Bluetooth, an auxiliary audio input, and two front speakers make it easy to pair your phone. Some of the infotainment features include:

  • USB connection
  • Speed sensitive volume control
  • CD Player
  • Satellite radio
  • Bluetooth
  • NissanConnect system with 5- or 5.8-inch screen
  • Hands-free text messaging
  • Navigation
  • 4-Speaker Audio system 

2015 Nissan Versa Exterior

8.0/10

The exterior design of the Versa has received a refresh for the 2015 model year. However, the car still looks a bit boring and outdated according to the class standard. At the front, the clear lens swept-back style headlamps give it a rather cute look. Chrome surrounds around the front grille and on the bumper, help break the monotony. The long profile from the side and the chrome surround around the door handles look stylish. At the rear, the swept-back taillamps with a boot spoiler give a bit of a sporty touch to the overall design. 

Model

Nissan Versa Sedan

Chevrolet Sonic

Ford Fiesta Sedan

Curb Weight (lbs)

2363 

2727 

2578 

Length (in.)

175.4 

173.1 

173.5 

Width (in.)

66.7 

68.3 

71.6 

Height (in.)

59.6 

59.7 

58.1 

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

102.4 

99.4 

98.0

In comparison, the Nissan Versa is the longest but also the narrowest sedan here. It offers the longest wheelbase which liberates more legroom on the inside. The Ford Fiesta Sedan certainly provides the best road presence in its class thanks to its wide footprint. The Chevrolet Sonic on the other hand is the heaviest sedan in its class. Few major exterior features include-

  • Fog lamps
  • Rear spoiler
  • 15-inch steel and aluminum wheels
  • Power mirrors 
  • Foglights
  • Side mirrors with integrated turn signals (Optional)

2015 Nissan Versa Safety

9.0/10

In terms of safety, the 2015 Nissan Versa certainly needs better equipment. The base trim does not get much in when we talk about the driver-assistance aids. However, features like the standard electronic stability control and front side-impact torso airbag do help the car feel safer. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the Versa Sedan 'good' ratings in most crash tests performed. The NHTSA has given the car a rather disappointing 3-star rating. Other salient safety features include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Antilock brakes
  • Airbags
  • Rearview camera 

2015 Nissan Versa Final Verdict

The 2015 Nissan Versa’s biggest advantage is its cheap price tag. It is quite capable of becoming your daily driver and with its pocket-friendly nature, it is sure to bring in more savings. With its spacious interior, roomy cargo area, and good fuel economy numbers, it offers a practical package for a cheap price tag. However, its poor safety ratings, bland interior, and poor performance will always keep reminding you of the price you paid for owning an affordable compact Japanese sedan.

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