2015 Nissan Versa Review

May 30, 2014
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The 2015 Nissan Versa sedan is not as fun to drive as many of its rivals. But no one in the segment will be able to beat its starting price of $12,800. If budget is a priority, the Versa sedan is not a bad deal, especially with spacious cabin, 5-passenger seating configuration and fuel efficiency.

NEW FOR THE 2015 VERSA

  • refreshed exterior styling
  • minor interior updates
  • standard Bluetooth feature on base models

UNDER THE HOOD

The front-wheel-drive 2015 Nissan Versa sedan gets its power from only one source: a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. The base models come with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. The upper trim levels get a continuously variable transmission or CVT.

The 2015 Versa gets the following EPA fuel economy ratings:

City/Hwy/Combined MPG
1.6-liter 4-cyl, 5-spd manual 27/36/30
1.6-liter 4-cyl, 4-spd automatic 26/35/30
1.6-liter 4-cyl, CVT 31/40/35

 

ON THE ROAD

The 2015 Versa sedan is not that fun to drive, but it’s easy. It rides smoothly and quietly. Steering is well-weighted and light. (Some reviewers, though, write “too light.”)

And with 109 horsepower, the Versa can’t pull off an exciting acceleration for the driver. The CVT works well enough. But like other CVTs, it requires some time before you can actually get used to it.

The 2015 Nissan Versa sedan is a good option if you just need something to get around with, you’re on a budget, or want something easy to park and drive in tight spaces. It still gets the job done.

INSIDE THE 2015 VERSA

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The Versa may be classified as a small car but it doesn’t really seem one inside. The 2015 Versa sedan has a spacious cabin for its size. Legroom in the rear seats is enough for adult passengers to be comfortable. The trunk space is also quite a lot at almost 15 cubic feet and 38.3 with the rear seats folded down.

But some reviewers did not find the seats that comfortable. The front-seat cushions feel flat and the center position in the backseat is not as comfortable as the outboard positions. In addition, the interior materials are very economy-car-like.

KEY FEATURES

S: 15-inch steel wheels, two-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 /WMA audio system, auxiliary audio input jack, Bluetooth, trip computer, 6 standard air bags, antilock brakes, brake assist, tilt steering column, 4-way manual driver seat, cloth upholstery, traction control, tire pressure monitoring system

S Plus: rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light, cruise control, 4-speaker audio system

SV: remote keyless entry, upgraded audio system, USB/iPod connection, 60/40 split fold-down rear seats, remote trunk release, electroluminescent gauges, 6-way manual driver seat

SL: 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, side-mirror-integrated turn signals, push-button start, premium audio system with 5-incg color display, NissanConnect with apps, hands-free text messaging assistant, Bluetooth audio streaming, satellite radio, vehicle immobilizer system

Photo credit: nissanusa.com

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