2017 Nissan Versa

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2017 MODEL
$11,990 - $17,280 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

It's difficult to say if Nissan's rudimentary car making attain incredible height or hit a rock bottom with this one. The 2017 Nissan Versa Sedan redefines bare-bones cars by keeping it an extremely basic accommodation. So, now that you are here lets scroll down and see what this car did to become such a dull endeavor.

TheVersa is backed with a 1.6L I4 engine paired which is either paired with either a 5-speed manual or a CVT transmission. Your choice of gear will heavily rely on the type of trim you are looking to buy.


5.5/10
Features

 

5.1/10
Engine

 

5.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.2/10
Interior

 

5.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The biggest advantage of the Versa is its modest price and enhanced practicality. In other words, it's a capacious car which will easily fit your family. Another attraction would be the enormous boot space, which gives it an edge over the competition. Speaking of competition, the car leaps head-on with cars like Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta, and Kia Rio.

2017 Nissan Versa Features

5.5/10

Starting from $11,990 and going up to $17,280 the Nissan Versa is available in 4 trim levels. All trims share the same 1.6L 4-Cylinder engine but there is a choice of transmission on some trim levels. The base S trim is offered with either the 5-speed manual which is standard or the 4-speed automatic as an optional choice. The S Plus, SV, and the SL are backed with a CVT transmission.

Other than that there is no change in the powertrain, choosing the ideal trim will largely depend on the customer's choice of features.

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

  • Dual power body-color remote-controlled outside mirrors
  • Chrome-accented multi-reflector halogen headlights
  • Rear spoiler
  • AM/FM/CD audio system
  • MP3/WMA CD playback capability
  • Dual power body-color remote-controlled outside mirrors
  • Chrome-accented multi-reflector halogen headlights
  • Rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light
  • AM/FM/CD audio system
  • MP3/WMA CD playback capability
  • Dual power body-color remote-controlled outside mirrors
  • Chrome-accented multi-reflector halogen headlights
  • Rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light
  • AM/FM/CD audio system
  • MP3/WMA CD playback capability
  • Fog lights
  • Dual power body-color remote-controlled outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light
  • NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps
  • AM/FM/CD audio system with 5.8" color touchscreen monitor

2017 Nissan Versa Engine

5.1/10

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. -edmunds

Engine and Transmission

It's not a surprise that the sedan is available with a rustic 1.6L 4-Cylinder engine. The engine is backed with the standard 5-speed manual transmission or the optional automatic choice. As aforementioned,~ the other trim levels only get the CVT transmission. The engine churns out a dull 109 hp power and 107-pound-feet of torque. The dull powertrain reflects the Versa's ability to be nothing more than a basic transportation.

Models Nissan Versa Sedan (S) Toyota Yaris IA (Manual) Ford Fiesta (S Sedan) Kia Rio (LX)
MSRP $11,990 $15,950 $13,535 $14,060
Engine HR16DE 1.6L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 1.5L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve 1.6L Ti-VCT I-4 1.6L, DOHC Inline 4
Transmission 5-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual 5-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual
Horsepower 109 hp 106 hp 120 hp 138 hp
Torque 107 lb-ft 103 lb-ft 112 lb-ft 123 lb-ft

There is nothing glamorous about the competition as well. The maximum power in the lot is 138 hp generated by the Kia Rio's 4-cylinder engine. The Ford Fiesta follows with its 106 hp power to take down the Nissan Versa and the Toyota Yaris.

Acceleration

The gutless engine on the Nissan bounds its speed and acceleration. The car lacks luster with its 9.2-second acceleration from 0 to 60 mph, it's possibly one of the lowest in the lot. Also, the Versa gets loud and noisy as you push it to squeeze more torque. The gloomy 17.5 second of quarter mile run confirms the fact.

Models Nissan Versa Sedan (S) Toyota Yaris IA (Manual) Ford Fiesta (S Sedan) Kia Rio (LX)
0-60 MPH 9.2 8.7 sec 9.5 sec 8.7 sec
Quarter mile 17.5 sec 17.1 sec 17.2 sec 16.6 sec
Engine 1.6L 1.5L 1.6L 1.6L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.9 5.2 5.8 5.6

You will surely find better numbers in the realm of power and acceleration in the competition. The Versa clearly lags in both 0 to 60 mph and the quarter-mile run as the other cars in this lot.

Ride and Handling

The Versa's humdrum handling is not that compelling but will generate a sense of drive comfort. The engine gets loud and noisy on higher RPMs which makes it irritating on high speeds. The sedan surely is a smooth city ride even on rough pavements but will never match the sharper handling of the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris.

Braking

The Versa shows a similar grey performance in the braking dynamics. The peddle might be soggy but the 2368 pounds of curb weight is expected to deliver the same as the competition.

Model  Nissan Versa Sedan (S) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Ford Fiesta (S Sedan) Kia Rio (LX)
Brake Front (in.) 10.0 10.2 10.2 10.1
Brake Rear (in.) 8.0 7.9 7.9 10.3
Curb Weight (lbs.) 2363 2385 2578 2494
60-0 MPH (ft.) NA 127 118 127

In terms of breaking the best in the lot is the Ford Fiesta with its stopping distance of 118 ft. The Kia Rio and the Toyota Yaris took a few more feet to stop. Unfortunately, the data for the  Nissan was missing, but with lighter curb weight and similar front and rear brakes, the car is expected to manage competition.

2017 Nissan Versa Fuel Economy

5.7/10

In the class of affordable cars fuel economy always takes the center stage and the Versa doesn't disappoint. It delivers what it was designed for, both the manual and CVT trims are efficient like other cars in the class. The manual transmission delivers 27 mpg of city and 36 mpg of highway mileage, on the other hand, the CVT enhances the fuel economy with its 31 mpg city and 39 mpg of highway mileage.

Model  Nissan Versa Sedan (S) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Ford Fiesta (S Sedan) Kia Rio (LX)
MPG (city) 27 30 27 27
MPG (highway) 36 39 35 36
MPG (combined) 30 34 30 31

Though the Versa is competitive there are cars which perform better. The Toyota Yaris might lack the power but aces efficiency with 34 mph of combined mileage. Other cars bring out similar numbers and end the sense of competition.

2017 Nissan Versa Interior

6.2/10

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. - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Nissan Versa might be roomy but it isn't a comfortable car. Lack of height adjustable seats and tilt only steering wheels makes it hard to find the right driving position. But with the 41.8 inches of front and 37.0 inches of back legroom space, the Nissan manages to accommodate 6 footers with ease, something which only a few cars in the class have done before.

Model Nissan Versa Sedan (S) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Ford Fiesta (S Sedan) Kia Rio (LX)
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (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

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.6/51.9/37.0 36.8/50.0/34.4 37.1/49/31.2 37.6/5.1/31.1

While the Versa is capacious the competition propels on similar numbers. A budget buyer can accommodate 5 people easily on any of these cars.

Infotainment System

At first, the reduced price might seem like a savvy deal but when you reach the cabin, the empty spaces on the dash will painfully hit you. The base trim comes standard with the ancient push-button stereo and a miniature screen. Only the upper trim shoppers will encounter the necessary features like Auxiliary input and Bluetooth. To enjoy some upmarket infotainment you need to spend a little bit more to land the special edition package with a larger 5.0-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, navigation and more.

Interior Features

  • Interior Cargo Shade (Optional)
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Trip Computer
  • Universal Garage Door Opener (Optional)
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror (Optional)
  • Power Mirrors

Cargo volume

The Nissan Versa might not be the most beautiful car in the class but it gets practicality covered. It has a decent boot opening, enough to swallow big quantities of luggage. The 14.9 cubic feet of cargo volume is the best in the class right now. You can extend this space with the 60/40-split of rear folding seats on the SV and SL trim.

Model  Nissan Versa Sedan (S) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Ford Fiesta (S Sedan) Kia Rio (LX)
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 14.9 13.5 12.8 13.7

The cargo volume available on the Nissan Versa is best in the lot right now. The Kia Rio comes second in practicality and cargo space with its 13.7 cubic feet followed by the Toyota Yaris and Ford Fiesta.

2017 Nissan Versa Exterior

5.6/10

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. Okay, some proportions are a little odd -- the tall roof and bulbous ends come to mind -- but you'll appreciate them when seated in the car's spacious cabin. - KBB

Exterior Features

Standard exterior features include -

  • Rear Defrost
  • Tires - Front All-Season
  • Tires - Rear All-Season
  • Compact Spare Tire
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Steel Wheels
  • Wheel Covers

Dimensions and Weight

The Versa was first restyled in 2015 since then not much has changed. It's the same entry-level sedan Nissan wanted it to be. It's not athletic and is built around the idea of a family car, the car measures 175.4 inches in length and 66.7 inches in width. The height of the Versa is recorded at 59.6 inches. It might not be the best but it's the largest in the entry-level sedans today.

Model Nissan Versa Sedan (S) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual)  Ford Fiesta (S Sedan) Kia Rio (LX)
Curb weight (lbs.) 2363 2385 2578 2494
Length(in) 175.4 171.7 173.6 172.0
Width(in) 66.7 66.7 67.8 67.7
Height(in) 59.6 58.5 58 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 Nissan Versa is just an inch longer, wider, and taller than its competitors. It also falls on the lighter side in the curb weight regime.

Nothing worth noticing which would impact the car's performance here.

2017 Nissan Versa Safety

Safety is not of one of Versa's strong suits, the car gained a 4 out of 5 stars from the NHTSA's rollover and front crash test rating. Also, Nissan missed incorporating the active safety features entirely on the Versa lineup. You can find better core safety and features in the class.

Safety Features

Some standard features include -

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy-Fill Tire Alert
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
  • 3-point ELR passenger seat belt system
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for side-impact head protection for front and rear-seat outboard occupants
  • Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors

IIHS Rating

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Poor
Small overlap front passenger side Not rated
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Not available
Child seat anchors (LATCH) Acceptable

NHTSA Rating

Overall frontal barrier crash rating 4 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 4 star
Rollover rating 4 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 4 star

2017 Nissan Versa Competition

Nissan Versa vs Kia Rio

The Kia Rio is a known name in the subcompact class. The Kia's 4-cylinder engine is the strongest in the competition right now, something which is clearly missing in the Nissan. The interior in the Rio is more upmarket and forged with quality material, not like the Versa where everything seems cheap and derivative. The only thing Versa wins is the practicality and accommodation.

To be honest, Kia Rio is a more purposeful car, by paying a little more and you will get a powerful engine, intuitive infotainment features, and slightly better features.

Nissan Versa vs Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa are often compared in the subcompact shoppers. Both cars offer similar power and fuel economy, the major difference between the two is the series of active safety features present on the Toyota Yaris. Where the base Versa is offered with an obsolete push-button stereo, Bluetooth and auxiliary input the Yaris is a star in providing high infotainment features.

So, clearly, the extra money you put on the Yaris is just for the extra interior features which make it a better deal.

Nissan Versa vs Ford Fiesta

When you pit the Fiesta and Versa against each other you will find fiesta the more powerful, efficient and good looking car. Also, you will get more features and a little more safety by going with the Fiesta. The extra thousand dollars will truly bring you more value. So, Fiesta is clearly the better car.

2017 Nissan Versa Final Verdict

If you are looking to buy an entry-level car but are extremely tight on the budget than the 2017 Nissan Versa is your car. Honestly, the only thing where the car delivers is a spacious cabin, to make it more interesting you need to buy the optional package for the infotainment features standard on the market. The Versa lacks power and delivers less on safety as well.

At the end of the day, by just spending a thousand or two thousand dollars more you will get a car equipped with a powerful engine, precise handling, and intuitive infotainment features.

Pros

Spacious cabin

Large Boot space

Decent fuel economy

Cons

Lacks of safety features

No standard infotainment

What's New?

No specific changes



Styles

 2017 Nissan Versa in Gun Metallic color  2017 Nissan Versa in Graphite Blue color  2017 Nissan Versa in Fresh Powder color  2017 Nissan Versa in Cayenne Red color  2017 Nissan Versa in Brilliant Silver color
Gun 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

Features

5.5

Engine

5.1

Fuel Economy

5.7

Interior

6.2

Exterior

5.6

Driving

7.4

Comfort

8.2

6.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Nissan Versa 1.6 S

1.6 S

power
109 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$11,990 - $13,680


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
1.6 S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $11,990 MSRP (27/30/36) 109 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
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5-speed manual front wheel drive 5 NA
1.6 S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A) Starting at $13,680 MSRP (26/29/35) 109 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
4-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Nissan Versa 1.6 S Plus

1.6 S Plus

power
109 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
34 combined

$14,130


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
1.6 S Plus 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $14,130 MSRP (31/34/39) 109 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
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cvt front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Nissan Versa 1.6 SV

1.6 SV

power
109 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
34 combined

$15,720


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
1.6 SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $15,720 MSRP (31/34/39) 109 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Nissan Versa 1.6 SL

1.6 SL

power
109 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
34 combined

$17,280


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
1.6 SL 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $17,280 MSRP (31/34/39) 109 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 5 NA

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