2017 Nissan Versa

MSRP $13,680 - $17,280

Ranked #16 in Sedan

6.7

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2017 Nissan Versa Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 12, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2017 Nissan Versa is available in four trims and has a base sale price of $11,990. These trims include S, S Plus, SV, and SL. It is also available in hatchback form known as Versa Note that is priced at $15,480. It continues to get a 1.6L four-cylinder engine that produces 109 hp and 107 lb-ft. of torque. This engine is definitely not known for its acceleration but instead for its gas mileage. With the CVT transmission, the Versa has a combined mileage of 34 MPG. 

2017 Nissan Versa three-quarter view

Just like its performance, even the Versa's interior is not that alluring and also offers fewer standard features than its rivals. However, it gains major points for its spacious cabin and class-leading trunk volume. It also has the lowest ownership costs and has good resale value. But in terms of safety, its ratings are average and also lack modern safety features. In the subcompact segment, it goes against the Ford Fiesta, the Kia Rio, and the Toyota Yaris iA. 

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Pros

Spacious cabin

Low ownership costs

Great trunk volume

Low starting price

Impressive fuel economy

Cons

Sluggish acceleration

Bad handling

Average safety scores

What's New?

SV Special Edition package


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17280

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

110 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

98 cu.in.

horsepower

109 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

107 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

Continuously variable speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

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

capacity

passenger volume

90.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

31/34/39 mpg

highway range

421.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

1.6 S$11,990 onwards

S$13,680 onwards

1.6 S Plus$14,130 onwards

S Plus$14,130 onwards

1.6 SV$15,720 onwards

SV$15,720 onwards

SL$17,280 onwards

1.6 SL$17,280 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 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

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

5.6

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.1

Exterior

5.0

Safety

7.7

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.7

Overall Rating


Though it may accommodate big and tall passengers, the Versa is undeniably slow in a straight line- MotorTrend

The Nissan Versa lost its credibility over the years due to its poor driving dynamics, weak engine, and lack of modern features. However, its low starting price has encouraged a lot of Americans to buy this car and hence, it still survives on the American roads. There are some niceties of the Versa as well such as a roomy cabin and class-leading trunk volume. 

Although it has a few downsides, one of the foremost advantages of owning the Versa is low ownership costs. Its maintenance costs are very less but its repair costs are on par with its rivals. Moreover, it depreciates less over the years than its rivals thanks to its good resale value. The true cost to own it is nearly $5,400 per year and the average cost per mile is $0.36. 


7.0/10
Features

5.6/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.1/10
Interior

5.0/10
Exterior

7.7/10
Safety


2017 Nissan Versa Features

7.0/10

Aside from interior volume, the Versa doesn't offer many features that help it stand out- Autotrader

Four trims are offered for the Nissan Versa. These include S, S Plus, SV, and SL. Pricing for these trims starts from $11,990 and it ranges up to $17,280, plus an $835 destination fee. Transmission choices for the Versa include a 5-speed manual, a 4-speed automatic, and a CVT whereas FWD configuration is standard. 

2017 Nissan Versa side view

When it comes to features, the Versa has fewer standard features than its rivals. New for this year is the $500 SV Special Edition package that adds fog lights, a 5-inch display, SiriusXM, 15-inch alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, Bluetooth streaming, hands-free text messaging, and a rearview camera. This package is exclusive to the SV trim only. 

Trim S S Plus SV SL
MSRP (Manual) $11,990 N/A N/A N/A
MSRP (Automatic) $13,680 N/A N/A N/A
MSRP (CVT) N/A $14,130 $15,720 $17,280
Key Features Automatic climate control Rear decklid spoiler 6-way manually-adjustable driver's seat Fog lights
  4-speaker stereo Cruise Control 60/40 split-folding seats Push-button start
  Bluetooth connectivity   Driver's armrest 16-inch aluminum wheels
  Manually adjustable front cloth seats   Keyless entry with illuminated entry Multi-function steering wheel
  15-inch steel wheels   Power door and locks 5.8-inch touchscreen display
        Voice command navigation system
        Rearview camera
        Variable intermittent wipers

We Recommend

We prefer the SV trim as it packs a decent list of features. This trim adds remote trunk release, 6-way manually-adjustable driver's seat, 60/40 split-folding seats, a driver's armrest, keyless entry with illuminated entry, and power door and locks. We also recommend the optional SV Special Edition package that adds an extra $500 to the price tag. 

2017 Nissan Versa Engine and Performance

5.6/10

On the road, the 2017 Nissan Versa delivers a comfortable ride quality even over rough road surfaces- Edmunds

2017 Nissan Versa Engine and Transmission

The only engine available in the Nissan Versa is a 1.6L four-cylinder engine that makes 109 hp and 107 lb-ft. of torque. Only the base S trim comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission while a 4-speed automatic transmission is optional for $1,690. The rest of the trims use a CVT transmission to drive power to the front wheels only. 

2017 Nissan Versa engine

The engine is definitely one of the low points in this car. Although this engine develops only 109 horsepower, the power feels enough to drive around city streets. The manual transmission is the best choice for this engine as it shifts precisely and downshifts properly when required. The 4-speed automatic doesn't shift gear on time and due to this, the driving experience gets disturbed. 

Models 2017 Nissan Versa 2017 Toyota Yaris iA 2017 Ford Fiesta 2017 Kia Rio
MSRP $11,990 $15,950 $13,660 $14,165
Engine 1.6L Inline-4 1.5L Inline-4 1.6L Inline-4 1.6L Inline-4
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD
Transmission 5-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual 5-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual
Power 109 hp @ 6,000 RPM 106 hp @ 6,000 RPM 120 hp @ 6,350 RPM 138 hp @ 6,300 RPM
Torque 107 lb-ft. @ 4,400 RPM 103 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM 112 lb-ft. @ 5,000 RPM 123 lb-ft. @ 4,850 RPM

The base engine of the Kia Rio is really powerful in this segment but is considerably expensive than the Versa. In second place is the Ford Fiesta with 120 horsepower and uses a 5-speed manual as the Versa. The Toyota Yaris iA is the most expensive car in this segment but offers the least power as well. 

2017 Nissan Versa Acceleration

Acceleration is par for the course for the class. It's adequate but not very quick. The Versa takes 10.1 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 MPH while the quarter-mile test is completed in 17.5 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 119 MPH. Compared to its segment rivals, the Versa's acceleration is really slow. 

2017 Nissan Versa takes 10.1 sec to reach 60 MPH

The Versa struggles to pass other vehicles on a freeway. The 5-speed manual tries to deliver somewhat better acceleration than the 4-speed automatic and CVT. Unfortunately, the CVT holds engine revs very high when you accelerate which creates a lot of noise. Therefore, the Versa is not a car where you take it for races. 

Models 2017 Nissan Versa 2017 Toyota Yaris iA 2017 Ford Fiesta 2017 Kia Rio
0-60 MPH 10.1 sec 9.7 sec 8.5 sec 8.4 sec
Quarter Mile 17.5 sec 17.1 sec 16.7 sec 16.6 sec
Engine 1.6L 1.5L 1.6L 1.6L
Top Speed 119 MPH 115 MPH 120 MPH 120 MPH

Obviously, the powerful Kia Rio has the best performance tests but the Ford Fiesta is the star of the show as it is behind the Rio by just one millisecond thanks to its punchy engine. Even the less powerful Toyota Yaris iA manages to score better acceleration numbers than the Versa. In conclusion, the Versa is the choice for speed lovers. 

2017 Nissan Versa Ride and Handling

The Nissan Versa rides pretty well for its size. The suspension has been tuned to absorb all the bumps on the road. So, you hardly feel heavy jerks while driving on broken pavements. The steering is light-weighted but there's little feedback. Also, it is appreciated for its tight turning radius, which will be helpful while parking the vehicle at a tight spot. 

 

2017 Nissan Versa driving view

However, the handling of the Versa is clumsy. This isn't a nimble feeling car, it feels soggy.  Also, body roll builds as you gain speed in the corners. At least, emergency handling is secure thanks to electronic stability control. When you corner with speed, sometimes the Versa does not feel planted to the grip and feels like it's going to tip over. 

2017 Nissan Versa Braking

When it comes to braking, the Nissan Versa has an average braking performance. The sedan is equipped with drum brakes with 10-inch rotors at the front and 8-inch rotors at the back. While decelerating from 60-0 MPH, the Versa comes to a smooth stop in 129 feet. Compared to its rivals, it's not the best braking distance but somewhat decent. 

2017 Nissan Versa brakes

There are some rivals out there that weigh more than the Versa and yet, take a shorter braking distance. This means that the brakes in the Versa are not that strong and the braking pressure is less. The pedal is a bit firm and the travel distance is also less. However, the stopping power is not that strong. Also, these brakes are not assisted by modern safety technologies. 

Models 2017 Nissan Versa 2017 Toyota Yaris iA 2017 Ford Fiesta 2017 Kia Rio
Brake Front 10.0 in  10.2 in 10.2 in 10.1 in
Brake Rear 8.0 in 7.9 in 7.9 in 10.3 in
Curb Weight 2,390 lbs 2,385 lbs 2,578 lbs 2,494 lbs
60-0 MPH 129 ft. 132 ft. 118 ft. 127 ft.

The Ford Fiesta impresses a lot of buyers due to its consistent performance. It records the shortest braking distance despite weighing the most among its rivals. The Kia Rio grabs second place with just two feet difference from the Versa. On the other hand, the Toyota Yaris iA has the worst brakes and hence, takes the longest braking distance. 

2017 Nissan Versa Fuel Economy

8.0/10

There's a big penalty for picking the stick shift versa, but the CVT is pretty thrifty- The Car Connection

The Nissan Versa is one of the cars in its class to offer competitive fuel economy. The EPA-estimated MPG figures are 27 MPG in the city, 36 MPG on a highway, and 30 MPG combined. With the automatic transmission, the fuel economy drops down by 1 MPG. The ratings are the best with the CVT as it returns 31 MPG in the city, 30 MPG on a highway, and 34 MPG combined. 

2017 Nissan Versa three-quarter view

Therefore, the Versa returns impressive fuel economy despite housing a small fuel tank that measures 10.8 gallons in size. Owing to this fuel tank, it delivers 340 miles with the manual transmission and 329 miles with the automatic transmission. When using a CVT transmission, the Versa can drive up to 378 miles, which is really impressive. 

Models 2017 Nissan Versa 2017 Toyota Yaris iA 2017 Ford Fiesta 2017 Kia Rio
MPG (City) 27 30 27 27
MPG (Highway) 36 39 35 36
MPG (Combined) 30 34 30 31
Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallon) 10.8 11.6 12.4 11.4
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 292/389/340 348/452/400 335/434/384 308/410/359

From the above table, it is evident that the Toyota Yaris iA boasts the best fuel economy in this competition while the Versa takes second place. The fuel ratings of the Ford Fiesta and the Kia Rio are almost the same as the Versa but the former's large tank contributes to a better driving range. 

2017 Nissan Versa Interior

7.1/10

Tall buyers on a budget will find much to like in the modestly-priced Versa, which offers a cavernous cabin- Left Lane News

2017 Nissan Versa Seating and Comfort

The interior of the Nissan Versa feels cheap and everything in here is hard. The headliner is like fuzzy cardboard and the carpets are like a trunk liner. This five-seater sedan gets cloth upholstery as standard. Speaking of front-seat comfort, they are a bit on the firm side and also lack under-thigh support. Therefore, this car is not perfect for long journeys. Both these seats are manually adjustable but do not come with heated or ventilated functions. 

2017 Nissan Versa dashboard

The leather steering wheel is only tilt-adjustable and therefore, it is tough to find the right driving position. One thing where the Versa excels over its rivals is passenger space. Both the rows have ample head and legroom. The seating position at the back is good and the rear seats have a good recline angle. The tidier dimensions of the Versa will allow only two adults to be comfortably seated at the back though it is a five-seater. 

Models 2017 Nissan Versa 2017 Toyota Yaris iA 2017 Ford Fiesta 2017 Kia Rio
Passenger Capacity 5 5 5 5
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 39.8/51.7/41.8 38.2/53.1/41.9 39.1/52.7/42.2 40.0/53.1/43.8
Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 36.6/51.9/37.0 36.8/50.0/34.4 37.1/49.0/31.2 37.6/52.1/31.1

Among its rivals, the Ford Fiesta offers the least passenger space in the rear row due to its short wheelbase. Therefore, long-legged people will surely feel uncomfortable. The Toyota Yaris iA also offers less rear space than the Versa but it's decent but the Kia Rio trades off rear-seat space for the best front-seat space in this competition. 

2017 Nissan Versa Infotainment System

For a car whose starting price is almost $12,000, don't expect many technological features. The S and S Plus trims come with only AM/FM radio and Bluetooth connectivity. The SV trim adds a USB port and audio auxiliary input to the list but is available with a 5-inch screen option. This trim also adds a small multi-function driver's display while the gauge cluster is electroluminescent. 

2017 Nissan Versa infotainment system

The top-most SL trim comes with a 5.8-inch touchscreen NissanConnect system that also adds SiriusXM and a voice-command navigation system. Regardless of trim levels, a 4-speaker stereo is standard. The controls are straightforward and mostly simple. The presence of a tuning knob for the radio could be better. Also, the cheap-feeling climate control knobs have hard-to-read markings.  

2017 Nissan Versa Interior Features

The main interior features of the Nissan Versa are mentioned below:

  • Tilt-adjustable multi-function leather steering wheel
  • Manually adjustable front cloth seats
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Push-button start
  • 5.8-inch touchscreen display
  • 4-speaker stereo
  • SiriusXM
  • Voice command navigation system
  • Alloy shift knob

2017 Nissan Versa Cargo Volume

Another area where the Nissan Versa impresses is its cargo capacity. It offers a trunk volume of 14.9 cubic feet, which is the best in its class. It's more than enough to store three large luggage bags. The SV and SL trim come with split-folding rear seats that can increase cargo space by some amount. This feature allows you to store long items in the trunk.

2017 Nissan Versa trunk volume

However, the seats don't fold flat but that's completely fine. The shape of the trunk is good to store more items. The loading lip is a bit higher than its rivals. When it comes to interior storage, the glovebox is small and is good to store only your small important items. There are dual cupholders present upfront and a small cubby storage space is available to keep your phone. 

Models

2017 Nissan Versa

2017 Toyota Yaris iA

2017 Ford Fiesta

2017 Kia Rio

Cargo Volume (cu-ft.)

14.9

13.5

12.8

13.7

The cargo capacities of the Toyota Yaris iA and the Kia Rio are almost the same but can store only two large bags. On the flip side, the Ford Fiesta offers the least cargo space. therefore, it can store only three small duffel bags. Overall, the Versa is the most practical sedan in the subcompact segment and is a perfect car for a weekend getaway. 

2017 Nissan Versa Exterior

5.0/10

The 2017 Versa is actually a pretty nice-looking little sedan, thanks to the strong family resemblance it has to the Nissan Sentra and Altima- Kelly Blue Book

2017 Nissan Versa Dimensions and Weight

There are no changes made to the exterior styling of the Nissan Versa. Upfront, you get a black grille with chrome surround flanked by headlights on either side. These headlights are halogen across the lineup. Down below, you also fog lamps, which are only available on the top-end SL trim. The Versa sits on 15-inch steel wheels while the higher trims get 16-inch aluminum wheels.

2017 Nissan Versa three-quarter view

The Versa has a ground clearance of 6.8 inches which is pretty high for a subcompact sedan. Therefore, it can easily ride over those high bumps. Its wheelbase measures 102.4 inches, which is the widest in its segment. This is the reason it has more rear legroom than its class rivals. At the back, the design is pretty much simple and rounds off with LED taillights. 

Models 2017 Nissan Versa 2017 Toyota Yaris iA 2017 Ford Fiesta 2017 Kia Rio
Curb Weight (lbs) 2,390 2,385 2,578 2,494
Length (in) 175.4 171.7 173.5 172.0
Width (in) 66.7 66.7 67.8 67.7
Height (in) 59.6 58.5 58.1 57.3
Ground Clearance (in) 6.8 5.5 6.1 5.5
Wheelbase (in) 102.4 101.2 98.0 101.2
Track Width (in) F/R 58.3/58.5 58.9/58.5 57.7/.57.7 59.8/60.0

The ground clearance and wheelbase of the Toyota Yaris iA and the Kia Rio are exactly the same and yet, the former offers slightly more rear legroom. On the contrary, the Rio dominates the Yaris in terms of front passenger space. On the other hand, the Ford Fiesta has the shortest wheelbase here. Hence, is rear row feels cramped for adults. 

2017 Nissan Versa Exterior Features

Some main exterior features of the Nissan Versa include -

  • Halogen headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Front fog lights
  • Exterior entry lights
  • Manual-folding exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Chrome door handles
  • Black grille with chrome accents
  • Black window trim
  • Rear decklid
  • 15 & 16-inch wheels

2017 Nissan Versa Safety

7.7/10

Small cars rarely fare as well as big cars in crash tests, and the 2017 Nissan Versa is no exception- The Car Connection

Only the front crash and rollover tests were conducted by NHTSA while the side-impact test was neglected. The Versa scored 4 stars both for the front crash test and rollover crash test. For its crashworthiness, it received 'Good' ratings from IIHS except for the driver's side crash test for which it for 'Poor' ratings.

2017 Nissan Versa IIHS crash test

The safety ratings obtained by the Versa are not that impressive but are decent enough to call it a safe vehicle. For enhanced safety of passengers, a total of six airbags are installed in its cabin. The Versa is lackluster when it comes to safety features. Only a rearview camera is available in the Versa. 

2017 Nissan Versa Competition

2017 Nissan Versa vs 2017 Kia Rio

For a compact sedan, the Kia Rio is priced slightly higher but its engine makes the most power in its class. As a result, its performance factor is better than the Versa. In terms of fuel economy, the Versa is more efficient. Inside, its rear row lacks enough legroom for adults while its trunk volume is also a bit less. However, its UVO infotainment setup is user-friendly, unlike the Versa. When it comes to safety, the Rio's ratings are decent but lack advanced safeties like the Versa. 

2017 Kia Rio 

2017 Nissan Versa vs 2017 Toyota Yaris iA

The Toyota Yaris iA is priced at $4,000 more than the Versa. Unlike the Versa, the Yaris is available in just one trim level. So, there are no choices for you. Its ride and handling are much better than the Versa. Moreover, it is the most fuel-efficient car in this segment. However, it offers slightly less passenger space and trunk volume than the Versa. The Yaris iA is the safest sedan in its segment as it is the 'Top Safety Pick' from IIHS and also adds a low-speed pre-collision safety system.

2017 Toyota Yaris iA

2017 Nissan Versa vs 2017 Ford Fiesta

Priced at $13,660, the Ford Fiesta makes 11 horses more than the Versa, and hence, its acceleration is better. It is also known for its nimble handling but it is less fuel-efficient than the Versa. The Fiesta's rear seats are cramped and are not adult-friendly while its trunk volume is the least in this competition. In terms of safety, the Fiesta's ratings are not that impressive but it comes with rear parking sensors, which comes in handy for those inexperienced drivers. 

2017 Ford Fiesta

2017 Nissan Versa Final Verdict

The Nissan Versa is the most affordable car in its class but its ranks at the bottom due to its bad driving dynamics, weak engine, and cheapy interiors. If you are after decent passenger space and cargo room for your small car dollar, the Versa should be given your immediate attention. 

2017 Nissan Versa side view

2017 Nissan Versa FAQs

Is the 2017 Nissan Versa reliable?

The 2017 Nissan Versa has not been rated for its reliability. Therefore, we cannot comment on its reliability. 

Does Nissan Versa have transmission problems?

Yes, buyers have complained that the transmission shudders and jerks unexpectedly. 

Is Nissan Versa good in snow?

Although being an FWD car, the Nissan Versa is capable to be driven on snow roads. 

Do the back seats fold down in the 2017 Nissan Versa?

Yes, only the SV and SL trims of the Nissan Versa get the rear split-folding feature. 

Does the 2017 Nissan Versa have a backup camera?

Yes, a rearview camera is available in the Nissan Versa.   

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