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2015 Nissan Versa Debut

Blending into the Nissan lineup

What's New

The subcompact Nissan Versa is the best-selling subcompact vehicle on the market, but it is in need of a small refresh. Luckily, Nissan has tweaked the styling and added key features to the new 2015 Versa, which goes on sale April 16.

Finally, the Versa receives the same front end styling as the rest of the Nissan lineup. Larger headlights and a chrome-plated grille make the Versa look a little more modern than before. Complementing a new front is a new rear design, as well as new side mirrors.

On the inside, the Versa now receives steering wheel controls for audio and Bluetooth functions. New content has been added to the S, S Plus, and SV grades, and the SL Tech Package has been significantly revised for the new model year.

The Nissan Versa's claim to fame is that it is the cheapest new car you can buy on the market. It looks like it will hold this dubious honor for the new model year. It goes on sale for $11,990 this month.

Who It's For

To be honest, we're not a fan of the Nissan Versa. Even the slightly-more upscale Versa Note failed to impress us. Its poor steering, lack of power, and uncomfortable seats made a negative impression. However, perhaps one flaw that will be fixed this year is the poor feature content. While long overdue, adding features like steering wheel controls will help elevate the Versa's quality.

While this car may appeal to college students or new drivers, we challenge them to take a look at the new Honda Fit or Ford Fiesta. In the Versa's case, the low price tag reflects its below-average quality.

Key Features

Here are some new features available on the 2015 Nissan Versa sedan.
  • New center stack with white LED display
  • New steering wheel controls
  • Optional navigation and mobile apps system, paired with a 5.8-inch color touchscreen

What We Think

Sorry, we aren't too impressed. These added features should have been put on the model a long time ago. We will wait for a full redesign, and hope that the ride quality also improves.

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