2011 Nissan Versa

  • 2011 Nissan Versa 1.8 S Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      122/127
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,380
  • 2011 Nissan Versa 1.8 SL Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      122/127
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,410
  • 2011 Nissan Versa 1.8 SL Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      122/127
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,650
  • 2011 Nissan Versa 1.8 S Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      122/127
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,100
  • 2011 Nissan Versa Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      107/111
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $12,420
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2011 Nissan Versa Review

Subcompact offering surprising space

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In a Nutshell
The 2011 Nissan Versa is a subcompact car, available as a sedan (Base Sedan, S, or SL trims) or a four-door hatchback (S or SL trims). The sedan base trim is equipped with a 1.6 liter inline-four offering 107 horsepower, while the S and SL trims (sedan or hatchback) come with a 1.8-liter inline-four with 122 horsepower. On the 1.6 sedan engine, a five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a four-speed automatic is optional. However on the 1.8 S trim (sedan or hatchback), a six-speed manual transmission is standard and the four-speed automatic is optional. The four-speed automatic transmission is standard on the 1.8 SL sedan, while the 1.8 SL hatchback has a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The Nissan Versa is equipped with14-inch wheels, front struts, rear torsion beam suspension, and rear drum brakes. Boasting a low base price, the Versa can be upgraded to include a navigation system, intelligent key features, Bluetooth connectivity, a satellite radio, and more. The hatchback has 50.4 cubic feet of cargo space, while both body styles provide plenty of legroom in the rear seats. EPA rated fuel economy is in the 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway range.

New for 2011

The Nissan Versa received many new upgrades in 2010, including a new grille, restyled wheels, and optional stability and traction control and navigation, and so the 2011 model remained basically unchanged. The only new updates were a standard six-disc CD audio system for the 1.8 S sedan and anti-lock brakes on all models except the entry-level 1.6 Base Sedan.

Essentials

Engines: 1.6L I-4, 1.8L I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Body Styles: Sedan, four-door hatchback
Trims: Base Sedan, 1.8 S Sedan, 1.8 SL Sedan 1.8 S Hatchback, 1.8 SL Hatchback

On the Outside

The Nissan Versa, available as a four-door sedan or hatchback, makes do with a rather plain design. To add a little pizzazz, Versa offers 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, side sill extensions, and fog lamps as options.

From the Inside

For a subcompact car, the Nissan Versa offers a surprisingly roomy cabin for five passengers, consisting of 38 inches of rear legroom and 13.8 (sedan) to 17.8 (hatchback) cubic feet of cargo space. The 60/40-split folding backseat in the hatchback extends the cargo space to 50.4 cubic feet.

Driving Performance

A 1.6-liter 107-horsepower engine is found in the 1.6 Base Sedan and is paired to either a four-speed automatic or five- or six-speed manual. The 1.8-liter, 122-horsepower engine in the 1.8 S and 1.8 SL trims is joined to a six-speed manual, four-speed automatic, or CVT.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Nissan Versa includes front, front-side, and side curtain airbags as well as front-seat active head restraints, and a tire pressure monitoring system. On the 1.8 SL model, anti-lock brakes and stability control are standard.

Gas Mileage

1.6 (manual): 26 mpg city/34 mpg hwy
1.6 (automatic): 25 mpg city/33 mpg hwy
1.8 (CVT): 28 mpg city/34 mpg hwy
1.8 (manual): 26 mpg city/31 mpg hwy
1.8 (automatic): 23 mpg city/32 mpg hwy

Plusses

  • Ample back seat
  • Large cargo hold
  • Great fuel economy
  • Optional navigation system and Bluetooth

Minuses

  • Plain Jane styling
  • Measly 1.6-liter

Rating

Subcompact offering surprising space

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