A compact car that's well-appointed and roomy.

Nissan Versa | CarMax

While many small cars offer a great mix of affordability and economy, it's rare to also find room for five; but the Nissan Versa offers one of the most spacious cabins in its class. This Nissan Versa review will give you all the key information on the second, and most recent generation (2012-present) of this popular vehicle:


Key Specs & Features (second generation models, 2012-present)

  • 109-horsepower, 1.6L four-cylinder engine
  • Seating for five
  • 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space
  • Available Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) or manual transmission

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Room for Five

Nissan Versa: Front Seats | CarMax

This is a wonderfully spacious subcompact! With room for five actual adults, the Versa delivers an amazing amount of interior room. Headroom is plentiful in both rows with 90.2 cubic feet of total passenger space.

2. Spacious Cargo Capacity

Nissan Versa: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

Despite its small size, the Versa offers 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Again, this is incredibly competitive in the segment and features an extra-large trunk for its class. That means driving a small car doesn't have to come with large compromises.

3. Nice Standard Features

There are plenty of standard features that come with the Nissan Versa that will make your ride more enjoyable. Having a practical car shouldn't mean you have to compromise on the bells and whistles. Recent models of the Versa (2017-2019) comes standard with features such as Bluetooth ® and USB connectivity and even comes with a standard seven-inch touchscreen in 2018 and 2019 models.

4. Lots of Tech

Nissan Versa: Tech Dash | CarMax

For 2019, you can get the cool Nissan Intelligent Key push-button start feature in the SV Special Edition that also includes the latest NissanConnect infotainment system along with Apple® CarPlay and Android® Auto. The latest Siri® Eyes Free system is also standard for 2019 and allows the driver to cycle through apps and adjust the volume without taking your hands off of the wheel.

5. Small Car Moves

Being small has its advantages. While it's big on the inside, the Versa is small on the outside. This means that the Versa feels light and nimble on the road. Plus its smaller size boosts your confidence when you're looking to park in small urban spaces on y'our daily commute.

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What You Need to Know

Nissan Versa Trims

The 2017-2019 Nissan Versa is offered in four trim levels:

  • S: As the base model Versa, the S still comes with a seven-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth streaming audio, and the cool new Siri Eyes Free system.
  • S Plus: The S Plus adds features such as cruise control, a spoiler with integrated brake light, and the latest Xtronic CVT.
  • SV: Move up to the SV and get push button ignition, 64/40 split folding seats, power windows and door locks, and an upgraded cloth interior.
  • SV Special Edition: New for 2017, the SV Special Edition gives you larger 15-inch x 5.5-inch split spoke wheels, fog lights, as well as Apple CarPlay ™and Android Auto™ all as standard.

Nissan Versa Interior

Nissan Versa: Backseats | CarMax

The Versa seats five and has 14.9 cubic feet of room in the trunk, which is competitive in its class. All Versa models feature cloth seats, with adjustable headrests standard in 2018 and newer models. Headroom is also more than ample for tall passengers in both rows.

Nissan Versa Colors

The Nissan Versa is available in various color options across its second generation (2012-present):

  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Cayenne Red Metallic
  • Deep Blue Pearl (2018 and newer)
  • Fresh Powder
  • Gun Metallic
  • Magnetic Grey (2015 and earlier)
  • Red Brick (2015 and earlier)
  • Sandstone (2017 and earlier)
  • Super Black

Nissan Versa Engine & Transmission

Nissan Versa: Engine | CarMax

All model years Nissan Versas feature a standard 109 horsepower 1.6L DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine with 107 lb-ft of torque across all models. From 2018 on, a five-speed manual is standard on the base S model and the Xtronic CVT is standard on S Plus, SV and SV Special Edition models.

Nissan Versa Average CarMax Prices1

  • 2014-2017: Average price less than $12,000
  • 2018: Average price less than $13,000
  • 2019: Average price less than $15,000

Years In Review

2013 Nissan Versa - The second year of the Versa's second generation saw significant improvements to the CVT transmission-equipped models. A new four-speed automatic transmission was added to the base S model.

2014 Nissan Versa - For 2014, the Versa featured a new 4.3-inch touchscreen on the inside, with new chrome accents on the outside. All Versa models got steering and handling improvements, and a a rear facing camera was optional as part of the SL Tech Package.

2015 Nissan Versa - A revised mid-cycle refresh on the exterior led the way for 2015 with two new colors and additional exterior updates. Inside, expect an updated interior over earlier models with improved displays, a new steering wheel, and standard Bluetooth. SL variants get standard push button start and a five-inch display.

2016 Nissan Versa - Body-colored side mirrors were now standard on all trims for 2016, as are rear speakers across the lineup. The SL now comes with a leather wrapped steering wheel as well as a rearview camera, NissanConnect system, fog lights, and keyless entry/start.

2017 Nissan Versa - The 2017 model year introduced the SV Special Edition with 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, leather-wrapped wheel, five-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and a revised center console all as standard equipment.

2018 Nissan Versa - The SL trim level was discontinued for 2018 and a new exterior color called Deep Blue Pearl was added.

2019 Nissan Versa - The top-of-the-line SV Special Edition added Nissan's Intelligent Key push-button start, Easy Fill tire alert system, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The Bottom Line

The Nissan Versa is a practical ride with plenty of cargo space and curb appeal. The Versa is definitely worth the test drive if you are looking for a great commuter vehicle with a surprising amount of tech features.

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