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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Ample back seat
- Large cargo hold
- Great fuel economy
- Optional navigation system and Bluetooth
- Plain Jane styling
- Measly 1.6-liter
Subcompact offering surprising space
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