2016 Nissan Versa

MSRP $11,990 - $17,140

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2016 Nissan Versa Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: January 20, 2022

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The 2016 Versa is Nissan’s offering in the subcompact sedan segment. This year the Versa will be a carryover model with a few feature additions on the base and the top trim. The new Nissan Versa comes in four trims and one engine option. The engine of the Versa is good for city commutes and when clubbed with the CVT gearbox this engine can return a whopping 40 mpg of gas mileage on the highway. 

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Pros

Spacious cabin

Supple ride quality

Generous trunk space

CVT gearbox returns good fuel economy

Cons

Budget-grade interior

Boring driving dynamics

A lot of engine noise

Slow CVT gearbox

What's New?

The base trim adds four-speaker along with body-colored powered outside mirrors

The topmost SL trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel to its feature list


2016 Nissan Versa Consumer Reviews and Ratings

5.4

based on 5 ratings


5.6/10Features
5.6/10Interiors
5.8/10Design
5.6/10Safety
6.2/10Reliability
7.0/10Deal Value

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Simon L. Forbis

2016 Nissan Versa

SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

5

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 20, 2022

Budget-friendly subcompact sedan

Pros - Adult friendly backseat, outstanding fuel economy, large trunk and comfortable ride.

Cons - Dull steering and brakes, noisy engine, low quality interior materials and bland performance.

Economical sedan with bland performance. I was seeking a used affordable daily commute car two years ago, and I had a very limited budget. When I saw the Versa and discovered its price, I decided that instead of a used vehicle, I should acquire a fresh new one. It is a no-frills means of transportation that provides the right amount of space and returns me excellent fuel economy as well.However, the vehicle's lacklustre performance and low-quality interior materials have begun to try my patience, and when I press hard on the gas pedal during passing manoeuvres, the engine becomes quite noisy. Just because this is the first vehicle that I purchased from my own earnings I’m gonna keep it. The inte...

5/10
Features
4/10
Interior
6/10
Design
5/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
5/10
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Joseph

2016 Nissan Versa

SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

4

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 12, 2022

Disappointing sedan with rough ride

Pros - Spacious interior, ample cargo space and outstanding fuel economy.

Cons - Dull steering and brake, rough ride, sluggish handling, low quality interior material, limited features in the cabin, bland performance, and noisy engine

One of the most noisiest sedan ever Just a spacious sedan with devoid performance. The sluggish handling, cheap cabin quality, and limited features makes it difficult for me to drive my Versa on a daily basis. Immensely Disappointed with Nissan. Oil Change took 3 hours! My carwas just in for an oil change. The receptionist was not prompt, and unprofessional. Also, the vehicle wash was terrible.

4/10
Features
6/10
Interior
4/10
Design
3/10
Safety
3/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
3/10
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Sophie

2016 Nissan Versa

SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

4

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 5, 2022

Nissan Versa - Slow! Slow! Slow!

Pros - *Roomy cabins *Comfortable seats *Virtuous fuel economy

Cons - *Unresponsive CVT *Underpowered engine *Delayed acceleration *Excess tire noise

Not the driving experience I expected It has abundant space inside and the seats are comfortable for long durations but the performance fails to match my criteria. Its 1.6L engine has no power and the CVT makes it worse with a delayed acceleration on highways. It takes more time to reach 60mph even the gas pedal is pressed fully while driving. But I'm getting used to its gas mileage that stays ahead 26mpg all the time and saves some dollars in the refill stations. It was a great experience at the Dave Smith Nissan and I look forward to working again with the employees. The process was quite easy and transparent; the finance department was exceptional with its funding assistance.

5/10
Features
6/10
Interior
4/10
Design
5/10
Safety
6/10
Reliability
5/10
Deal Value
8/10
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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

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension w/anti-roll bar

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

7.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/30/36 mpg

highway range

464.0 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

S$11,990 onwards

  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • CD player & auxiliary audio jack
  • Four-Speaker sound system
  • Manual locks & crank windows
  • Power mirrors

S Plus$14,040 onwards

  • Cruise control
  • Rear spoiler

SV$15,580 onwards

  • 60/40-Split folding back seat
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Height-Adjustable driver seat
  • Keyless entry
  • Power locks and windows
  • Usb port

SL$17,140 onwards

  • 16-Inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Navigation system
  • Side mirrors with integrated turn signals

Colors and Styles

2016 Nissan Versa in Brilliant Silver color
Brilliant Silver

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.3

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.5

Safety

7.3

Competition

9.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


The interior quality of the Versa is strictly budget grade and the comfort is also average but for the price point, this is the same story in all the other cars. Although the Versa offers a roomy cabin and a big trunk compared to the rivals. Speaking of rivals, the Nissan Versa competes with Hyundai Accent and Ford Fiesta. Starting at $11,990 the Versa undercuts both the rivals in terms of pricing.


8.0/10
Features

6.3/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

6.5/10
Exterior

7.3/10
Safety


2016 Nissan Versa Features

8.0/10

The Nissan Versa sedan comes in four trims S, S Plus, SV, and SL. Prices for the base trim starts at $11,990 and the topmost SL trim comes at $17,140. The naturally aspirated inline-4 engine is standard while there is a choice of three gearbox options. Except for base trim, all the other trims come exclusively with a CVT gearbox. 

Standard features are limited to steel wheels, fabric upholstery, ABS, EBD, airbags, etc. The SV trim is the only one in the trim lineup that offers two optional packages i.e. SV Appearance Package and SV Tech Package. The former adds 15-inch alloys, front chrome accents, foglights, etc. The latter adds the infotainment system from the top SL trim, rearview monitor, etc.

Trims

S

S Plus

SV

SL

MSRP (Manual)

$11,990 / $13,540 (4-speed auto.)

-

-

-

MSRP (CVT)

-

$14,040

$15,580

$17,140

Key Features

109 hp, 1.6-liter inline-4 engine

Adds or upgrades to ‘S’

Adds or upgrades to ‘S Plus’

Adds or upgrades to ‘SV’

 

15-inch steel wheels

Cruise control

Keyless entry

16-inch alloy wheels

 

Four-speaker stereo

Rear tire air deflector

Upgraded audio system

Push-button start

 

Driver’s and passenger’s side vanity mirror

Rear spoiler w/ integrated LED brake light

Upgraded fabric upholstery

Fog lights

 

ABS w/ EBD and brake assist

 

60/40-split folding rear seats

NissanConnect w/ Navigation and a 5.8-inch touchscreen

 

Vehicle stability and traction control

 

Poor door locks w/ poor windows

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

Six airbags

 

Remote trunk release

Tire pressure monitor (TPMS)

 

Bluetooth hands-free phone system

   

RearView monitor

 

Fabric upholstery

   

SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link

       

Voice recognition for navigation and audio

We Recommend

The base trim of the Nissan Versa is bare-bones and misses out on the CVT gearbox so we suggest picking the SV trim. For approximately fifteen grand you get a lot of creature comfort features, upgraded upholstery, and a better sound system.

2016 Nissan Versa Engine and Performance

6.3/10

The 2016 Nissan Versa sedan comes with a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 engine that produces a subpar 109 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque. There are three gearbox options, the base model comes with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission while the higher models come with a CVT gearbox only. As standard, the Versa is an FWD sedan. 

The engine is not only underpowered but is also very boring to drive. Pushing the engine doesn’t help either because it gets boomy at highway speeds. The 5-speed manual is the best in case you don’t want to drive a tortoise. The Nissan Versa with the manual shifter takes 9.8 seconds for 0-60 mph and covers the quarter-mile in 17.5 seconds.

Models

2016 Nissan Versa

2016 Hyundai Accent

2016 Ford Fiesta

MSRP

$11,990

$14,745

$14,090

Engine

1.6-liter inline-4

1.6-liter inline-4

1.6-liter inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

Power (hp @ rpm)

109 hp @ 6000 rpm

137 hp @ 6300 rpm

120 hp @ 6350 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

107 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

123 lb-ft @ 4850 rpm

112 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

9.8 sec

8.7 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile (sec)

17.5 sec

16.3 sec

16.2 sec

Top Speed (mph)

113 MPH

133 MPH

112 MPH

Both the rivals of the Nissan Versa come with a similar engine and drivetrain configuration. The Hyundai Accent puts out the best 137 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. While the Ford Fiesta clocks the fastest 0-60 mph time of 8.6 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 16.2 seconds. The Versa was slower than the Fiesta by 1.2 seconds in the 0-60 mph run and 1.3 seconds in a quarter-mile run.

2016 Nissan Versa Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The Nissan Versa in the CVT guise is the darling for those who prefer a fuel-efficient steed. The EPA estimates that the Nissan Versa with the manual transmission will return 27/36/30 mpg in city/highway/combined respectively while the 4-speed auto returns 26/35/30 mpg respectively. The Versa hooked to the CVT gearbox returns gas mileage of 31/40/35 mpg respectively. A 10.8-gallon fuel tank is standard irrespective of the trim and the gearbox choice.

Models

2016 Nissan Versa

2016 Hyundai Accent

2016 Ford Fiesta

MPG (City)

27

27

27

MPG (Highway)

36

38

35

MPG (Combined)

30

31

30

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

10.8

11.4

12.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

292/ 389/ 324

308/ 433/ 353

335/ 434/ 372

The Hyundai Accent benefits from the 6-speed manual gearbox over the other two’s 5-speed gearbox that helps it return the best 27/38/31 mpg of gas mileage. Compared to that the Versa returns 2 mpg less on the highway and 1 mpg less combined. The Ford Fiesta returns an almost similar gas mileage as the Versa.

2016 Nissan Versa Interior

7.0/10

The Nissan Versa’s cabin is riddled with cheap quality plastic and a plain-jane look. The dash is pretty much straightforward with not a hint of premiumness. The center part of the dash gets a big slab that houses the air-con vents, media player, and HVAC control. The lower trims are sans any creature’s comfort features. 

As standard, you get seating for five, fabric-trimmed seats, 4-way manual adjustment for front seats, and that’s pretty much everything. Although moving higher in the trim ladder gets you upgraded fabric upholstery, height-adjustable seats, power door locks and windows, leather-wrapped steering wheel, etc. 

Models

2016 Nissan Versa

2016 Hyundai Accent

2016 Ford Fiesta

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head Room/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.8/ 51.7/ 41.8

39.9/ 53.7/ 41.8

39.1/ 52.7/ 42.2

Rear Row (Head Room/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.6/ 51.9/ 37.0

37.2/ 53.4/ 33.3

37.1/ 49.0/ 31.2

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

14.9

13.7

12.8

The overall cabin space of the Nissan Versa is its USP with the more than generous rear legroom of 37 inches being its highlights. None of the rivals can match the amount of rear space on offer in the Versa. The practicality quotient of the Nissan Versa is also pretty high as it gets the biggest 14.9 cubic feet of the trunk which compared to the rivals like the Accent is bigger by 1.2 cubic feet and Fiesta by 2.1 cubic feet. Key interior features in the 2016 Nissan Versa include:

  • Fabric upholstery
  • Driver’s and passenger’s vanity mirror
  • Air conditioning
  • Available Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Available 60/40-split rear seats

How intuitive is the 2016 Nissan Versa’s infotainment unit?

The standard infotainment system of the Nissan Versa now comes with a four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system. Earlier it used to be only a two-speaker setup. Moving to the higher trims or with the optional SV Tech Package you can add NissanConnect that comes with navigation and a 5.8-inch touchscreen. Overall both the setup are pretty straightforward to use while the optional setup is the one to look for as you get the big screen with navigation.
Key infotainment features include:

  • Four speakers
  • AM/FM/CD audio system
  • Available NissanConnect 
  • Auxiliary audio input jack
  • Bluetooth

2016 Nissan Versa Exterior

6.5/10

The looks of the Nissan Versa take a lot of cues from its elder siblings like the Altima and Sentra. Although the visual flair has been toned down to make it different as an economical sedan rather than a luxury one. The front end has a rounded look with a big V-shaped grille that gets chrome accents on the higher trims. 

The side profile is plain with a few parallel creases running through it and a high beltline that merges with the boot lid. The rear profile is dominated by the extra big trunk which has been well integrated with the overall look. Higher trims get a boot-mounted spoiler with integrated LED brake lights. As for the rims you get 15-inch steel wheels as standard while 15- and 16-inch alloy wheels are available.

Models

2016 Nissan Versa

2016 Hyundai Accent

2016 Ford Fiesta

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,363

2,480

2,578

Length (inches)

175.4

172.0

173.5

Width (inches)

66.7

66.9

71.6

Height (inches)

59.6

57.1

58.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

102.4

101.2

98.0

The Nissan Versa has an exceptional length, height, and wheelbase compared to its rivals. Although it misses out being the widest sedan as that remains with the Ford Fiesta measuring 71.6-inches in width a full 4 inches wider than the Versa. The Ford Fiesta is also the heaviest sedan weighing 2,578 lbs. Yet it managed to be the quickest in both 0-60 mph and quarter-mile runs. Some of the key exterior features include:

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Body-colored side mirrors
  • Rear spoiler
  • Fog Lights

2016 Nissan Versa Safety

7.3/10

The safety ratings of the Nissan Versa are mediocre at best. The NHTSA rated it with 4 out of 5-stars in overall safety ratings while it gave it 4-stars for the front crash, side crash, and rollover test. The IIHS also rated the 2016 Versa in the same lines with the Versa scoring a rating of ‘Good’ in four out of five tests and the lowest rating of ‘Poor’ in the small overlap front crash test. The ease of use of LATCH in the Versa was rated with the second-best rating of ‘Acceptable’. Some of the key safety features in the 2016 Nissan Versa include:

  • Six airbags
  • ABS w/ EBD
  • Brake assist
  • Vehicle stability and traction control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Rearview monitor

2016 Nissan Versa Final Verdict

The Nissan Versa competes in the subcompact sedan segment and for that, it gets great gas mileage, generous cabin space, and a big boot. For a car from this segment, we feel that the Versa has its basics clear. Although rivals like Hyundai Accent and Ford Fiesta offer better performance and stylish exterior, a customer in this segment would hardly trade a spacious cabin, better fuel economy, and practicality for performance and looks. So if you fall in that category then the Versa sedan could be a great choice for you.

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Top User Reviews

5

User Overall Rating

Budget-friendly subcompact sedan

Economical sedan with bland performance.

by Simon L. Forbis

4

User Overall Rating

Disappointing sedan with rough ride

One of the most noisiest sedan ever

by Joseph

4

User Overall Rating

Nissan Versa - Slow! Slow! Slow!

Not the driving experience I expected

by Sophie

7

User Overall Rating

affordable subcompact sedan with plenty of space

subcompact sedan with disappointing performance.

by Benjamin

7

User Overall Rating

fuel efficient compact sedan

compact sedan with bland driving dynamics.

by Ella Graham

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