2022 Nissan Versa

MSRP $14,930 Est.

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2022 Nissan Versa Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 19, 2021

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The Versa has probably been subjected to a lot of criticism because of how sluggish and impotent it was in its previous generations. However, the Versa was the cheapest available car in the US and as expected, all of the cost-cutting measures resulted in an overall poor vehicle in terms of quality and performance. Long gone are those days; since Nissan redesigned the 2020 Versa as a brand-new vehicle that no longer sits at the bottom of the food chain, but still is pretty affordable.

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Pros

Great fuel economy

List of standard driver assistance features on higher trims

Comfortable interior

Stylish new design

Cons

Sluggish engine

The base model is not big on the list of standard features

Handling is not too exciting

What's New?

No major changes expected for the Nissan Versa for the 2022 model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$14930

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

engine type

horsepower

122 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

114 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures


Trims

S $14,930 Est. onwards

122 hp @ 6300 rpm |

Colors and Styles

2022 Nissan Versa in Brilliant Silver Metallic color 2022 Nissan Versa in Aspen White Pearl color
Brilliant Silver Metallic

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A lot has been changed and the new Versa has found a new place among those venturing out to purchase their first new car. While the car does not focus on being athletic, it focuses on being very economical and practical. For 2022, we do not expect any changes to be made. The Versa is an extremely affordable car and it competes against rivals such as Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent, and Mitsubishi Mirage G4.

2022 Nissan Versa Features

The Nissan Versa is offered in three trim levels. The base model is offered in both CVT and a 5 Speed Manual gearbox. The other two trims SV and SR are only offered with a CVT transmission. While the SV gives more “luxury” inclined features, the SR is the sportier trim.

Trim

S

SV

SR

Price

$15930

$18740

$19340

Features

1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine

In addition to S features

In addition to SV features

 

Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection

16" Aluminum-alloy wheels

17" Split 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels

 

Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist

NissanConnect® 7" color touch-screen display 

Nissan Intelligent Key® with Remote Engine Start System

We Recommend

We recommend going for the SV trim. It is a capable daily driver with many more comfort and convenience options than the base model. The top of the line SR model does offer more sporty aesthetics but is not worth the extra price.

Price

We expect the prices to remain almost the same. Prices might be bumped up slightly, but not by a whole lot. Currently, the Versa lineup starts at $15,930 for the S trim and ranges all the way to $19,340 for the SR trim. The trim in the middle, SV, costs $18,740. Certainly, it is not the cheapest car in America anymore.

Release Date

Nothing has been made official by Nissan yet, but we expect it to be released around the fall of 2021, or maybe a bit earlier.

2022 Nissan Versa Engine and Performance

The entire Versa line-up comes with only one engine option, to make things simple but also limit your options. A 1.6L inline-4 sits at the heart of the Japanese sedan and churns out 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque, both of which are very timid figures. However, compared to the last generation, this Versa definitely wins the race. The engine is married to a five-speed manual transmission as standard, but you can upgrade to a CVT. Power is transferred to the front wheels.

The engine does not rev very high and does not offer a thrilling experience on the highway. It takes a painfully long 9.7 seconds to get to 60 MPH from a standstill, but Nissan has focused more on economy rather than power. The Versa is made to be practical and for getting you from point A to point B, without burning a lot of your cash in fuel. The CVT is not as bad as some people might think. 

Handling is okay-ish for a car at this price range. The steering is light and not very precise, but when you go around the corners, the body roll is kept to a minimum. Braking is not very confident, but putting the pedal to the metal offers a slight rush, which tapers off immediately. But where the Versa does well is the ride quality, it offers a most comfortable ride for its passengers. Considering the ride quality, we can forgive the Versa for the areas where it lacks, especially due to the fact that it does not cost a lot.

Models

2022 Nissan Versa (expected)

2021 Kia Rio

2021 Hyundai Accent

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

MSRP

$15,930

$16,450

$16,395

$18,360 

Engine

1.6L inline-4

1L turbocharged inline-4 

1.6L inline-4

1.2L inline-3

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

CVT

CVT

Power 

122 hp @ 6,300 rpm

120 hp @ 6,300 rpm

120 hp @ 6,300 rpm

78 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

114 hp @ 4,400 rpm

147 hp @ 2,500 rpm

113 hp @ 4,500 rpm

74 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

The Versa, Rio, and Accent are all quite evenly matched in terms of power output, but the Mirage G4 falls behind the pack by a lot. It cannot even offer 80 horses, despite being priced more, which is a big disappointment. The Nissan might offer a similar level of power to the Kia and Hyundai, but the two Korean cars are quicker than the Versa. None of the cars is particularly impressive, but for the price, you can’t be looking for much anyway.

2022 Nissan Versa Fuel Economy

This is a part where the Versa absolutely shines. The engine of the Versa is well-refined to offer 32/40 MPG on city/highway. Yes, you get 40 MPG while driving on the highway! Combined, it delivers around 35 MPG, which is an extremely impressive figure. These stats are for the CVT. Opting for the manual will get you around 27/35/30 MPG. It's best to get the CVT since you do save a ton on fuel prices.

With a tank size of 10.8-gallons, the Versa gets a range of 345/432/378 miles for city/highway/combined, which is an extremely appreciable figure on a small affordable sedan. Getting the manual will get you 291/378/324 miles for city/highway/combined, which is still good enough.

Model

2022 Nissan Versa (expected)

2021 Kia Rio

2021 Hyundai Accent

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

MPG (City)

32

33

33

35

MPG (Highway)

40

41

41

41

MPG (Combined)

35

36

36

37

Fuel Capacity 

10.8 gallons

11.9 gallons

11.9 gallons

9.2 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (miles) 

346/432/378

393/488/428

393/488/428

322/377/340

As impressive as the Versa is with its fuel economy, the others are the same. In fact, the Korean sedans offer better fuel economy and owing to their larger tanks, offer more range than the Versa. The Mirage also offers excellent fuel economy and can get excellent range as well.

2022 Nissan Versa Interior

The Versa feels surprisingly comfortable and premium at this price point. The materials are not too high-quality, with hard plastic here and there. Soft-touch materials are also not too abundant. The base trims do not have a lot to offer. The design is also functional and the buttons are close to the driver. The higher trim has faux-leather trim stitched on the dashboard, which feels quite premium. The dashboard’s design is also very exciting, modern, and functional. 

The base trim comes with a 2-way manually adjustable driver’s seat with height-adjustable front head restraints. Also, the passenger’s seat is 4-way manually adjustable. Even the higher trims offer the same, but no faux-leather seats are available. You do get a faux-leather steering wheel. Air conditioning is manual. The front row is very spacious with tons of legroom to spare. However, the same cannot be said for the rear row, as it is quite cramped. Tall adults would not find it comfortable to be in for a long time. Overall, the Versa has a comfortable ride and the interior quality is also quite appreciable.

The Versa comes with a pretty big 15 cubic feet of cargo storage behind the second row. It can easily fit your groceries, your camping gear, your skiing gear, luggage for a weekend trip, and more. With the rear 60/40-split seats down, you get access to even more space, which makes it very easy to load even more stuff, albeit sacrificing two seats. In-cabin storage solutions are not very bright, as the center console storage is tiny. The rear row also does not have a folding armrest. 

For entertainment, all the trims come with a 7” Advanced Drive-Assist Display with features such as aux jack, Bluetooth, interface for iPod, USB ports, 6 speakers, speed-compensated volume control, etc. The highest trim gets a 7” additional driver-assist display in the gauge cluster. All the trims, except the base trim, are also greeted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system is decent with a typical low-resolution screen at this price range.

Model

2022 Nissan Versa (expected)

2021 Kia Rio

2021 Hyundai Accent

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.5/53.1/44.5

38.9/54.1/42.1

38.9/54.2/42.1

38.9/51.7/41.7

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

37.3/53.6/33.7

37.4/53.3/33.5

37.3/53.7/33.5

36.8/51.2/37.3

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

14.7

13.7

13.7

12.4

The Versa offers the best-in-class spacing for the front row. All of the sedans offer very good spacing up front, but when it comes to the rear row, the Rio and Accent become quite cramped along with the Versa. The Mirage actually offers the best spacing at the rear row. But the Versa comes with the best storage space. Major infotainment features include:-

  • 7" touch-screen display in the base model or NissanConnect 7" color touch-screen display in the higher trim levels.
  • Voice Recognition and AM/FM audio system with four to six speakers
  • Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System and three USB ports
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls

2022 Nissan Versa Exterior

The Versa was completely redesigned for 2020 and the 2022 model will also look the same. Being a subcompact sedan, it doesn’t have a striking or a strong road presence. Although it does appear bold and charming with the front fascia having sharp and angular headlights. The grille has the classic V-shape with the flat bottom that other Nissan cars have. 

The side has muscular body lines flowing through it. The windows are also shaped quite stylishly. The rear taillights are also sharp and curved. The end of the taillights also looks like a pointy arrowhead. Overall, it has a very good and astute design. Nissan has done a very good job of making sure that the Versa does not look boring anymore.

Model

2022 Nissan Versa (expected)

2021 Kia Rio

2021 Hyundai Accent

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Curb Weight 

2,559 lbs

2,767 lbs

2,623 lbs

2,172 lbs

Length 

177.0"

172.6"

172.6"

169.4”

Width 

68.5"

67.9"

68.1"

65.7”

Height 

57.3"

57.1"

57.1"

59.2”

Ground Clearance 

6.8"

5.5"

5.6"

6.3”

Wheelbase 

103.1"

101.6"

101.6"

100.4”

The Nissan Versa is slightly larger when compared with the competition. It helps it get more interior and cargo space. It also has the longest ground clearance which helps it maneuver around bumpy roads with ease. All these factors add to the practicality of the vehicle for daily driver use cases. Some exterior features of the Nissan Versa are:

  • 17” alloy wheels
  • Black side windows trim and black front windshield trim
  • Black power heated side mirrors w/ manual folding and turn signal indicator
  • Rear window defroster
  • Light tinted glass
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Fully galvanized steel panels
  • Dark chrome grille
  • Trunk rear cargo access
  • Auto on/off auto-composite LED low/high beam daytime running auto high-beam headlamps w/ delay-off
  • Fog lamps

2022 Nissan Versa Safety

The 2021 Nissan Versa has been immaculate when it comes to safety ratings and tests. It gathered a 5-star rating from NHTSA and though IIHS has not yet tested it fully, we expect it to excel in those ratings too. Since the 2022 model won’t be bringing any new changes to the table, we can expect the safety scores to remain exactly the same.

Nissan surprises us by offering tons of safety features at a car at this price point. The Versa is equipped with the Nissan ProPILOT Assist technology. There are a lot of modern safety and driver assistance features which we would not have expected from a budget car. Some of them are:

  • Vehicle Dynamic Control
  • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blindspot warning
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • RearView back-up camera
  • High Beam Assist
  • Dual-stage airbags

2022 Nissan Versa Competition

2022 Nissan Versa vs 2021 Kia Rio

The Rio, right off the bat, is slightly better when it comes to performance in the real world. Both Rio and Versa offer excellent fuel economy, but Rio comes with slightly better fuel economy. The gas tank size is also bigger which means it offers a better range. The Rio also looks very handsome but it comes down to the customer when it comes to the looks. The quality of the interior is better in Rio, but the Versa offers more space.

2022 Nissan Versa vs 2021 Hyundai Accent

The Rio and Accent basically share the same characteristics and all the same dimensions. The only difference is that the Accent looks different on the outside than the Rio. Fuel economy is better than the Versa, and so is the performance. However, the Versa is more well-equipped with better safety features. So, if you have decided on which one you like more – the Rio or the Versa, this choice should be pretty easy too.

2022 Nissan Versa vs 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Let’s be honest, the Mirage G4 is not a very good car. It is seriously underpowered for the price it asks, and cannot keep up with the rivals. Fuel economy is a major benefit since it can outrun the Versa. It also offers decent cargo space and decent interior space, but the quality does not match that of the Versa. It also does not come with half the features that the Versa offers. On top of all that, the Versa looks better.

2022 Nissan Versa Final Verdict

The 2022 Nissan Versa will be the same as the 2021 model, which itself was a pretty good offering. Nissan Versa went from being neglected to being one of the best cars in the entry-level market. It has a decent engine for the price, good handling, best-in-class interior spacing, cargo space, and great fuel economy. There’s no reason for you to ignore the Versa, especially given the long list of safety features it comes with. Overall, the Versa is a very good choice for anyone buying their first car.

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