2016 Nissan Versa

2016 Nissan Versa
2016 Nissan Versa

2016 Nissan Versa


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 31 mpg City, 40 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.6 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 109 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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As the least expensive car in America, the 2016 Nissan Versa offers exceptional value per dollar. Few other cars in the compact segment can match it for base price. Even the top-trim SL starts at only $18,660. That price buys a lot of car, both in features and in spaciousness. Fuel economy is strong too; the CVT-equipped Versa achieves up to 35 mpg combined, according to the EPA. With the 5-door Versa Note, hatchback lovers get a car loaded with intelligent interior features and functionality for people on the go, all while carrying a price tag lower than the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit.

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What's New For 2016

For 2016, the Nissan Versa receives minor updates, including a standard 4-speaker audio system on the base model.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

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NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 3 stars
  • Side Driver: 4 stars
  • Side Passenger: 4 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Nissan Versa

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD -inc: auxiliary-input and 2 front speakers, 2 rear speakers (4 total) and Bluetooth hands-free phone system
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 15" Steel w/Full Wheel Covers
    • Tires: P185/65R15 AS -inc: Low rolling
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Black Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Interval Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps
  • Interior Features
    • Adjustable Front Bucket Seats -inc: 4-way manual driver's seat
    • Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Manual 1st Row Windows
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Trip Computer
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Includes Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • Fixed Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Floor Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Passenger Visor Vanity Mirror w/Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Cloth Seat Trim
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Full Board Headliner
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Glove Box
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Front Cupholder
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Manual Rear Windows
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Manual Tilt Steering Column
    • Bench Front Facing Rear Seat
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 1.6L DOHC 16 Valve 4-Cylinder
    • Transmission: Xtronic CVT
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 3.75 Axle Ratio
    • 47-Amp/Hr 470CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 110 Amp Alternator
    • 3404# Gvwr 860# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 10.8 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 8
    • Drum - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - 8
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 14.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 470
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 110
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 1.6 L/98
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 109 @ 6000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 107 @ 4400
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 102.4
    • Length, Overall (in) - 175.4
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 66.7
    • Height, Overall (in) - 59.6
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 58.3
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 58.5
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 10.8
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 90.2
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.8
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.8
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 51.7
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 48.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 36.6
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 37
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 51.9
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 46.2
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 35
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 31
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 40
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 34.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Nissan Versa
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Torsion Beam
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P185/65HR15
    • Rear Tire Size - P185/65HR15
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 1
    • Trans Description Cont. - CVT w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.01 - 0.55
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.77
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.75
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.0
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2467
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 5.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 5.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Graphite Blue
  • Metallic Blue
  • Titanium

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The Nissan Versa is affordably priced and offers excellent value. The Nissan Versa sedan and the Versa Note hatchback deliver no-frills transportation with vast interior space for a subcompact and big seats.

Versa scores well in ride comfort and smooth operation, not as well in performance and crash-test scores. Externally, the Versa models resemble other Nissan sedans but on a smaller scale.

These are good cars for tall drivers. However, the cabin is basic, with all the charm of a bare-bones rental car. Interior trim, controls and switches are basic, and they look and feel as if they were snatched from a spare-parts bin.

After a mild styling update for 2015, the Versa continues largely unchanged for the 2016 model year. Body-colored power mirrors are now standard; the 2016 Versa S model adds a rear speaker; and the 2016 Versa SL gains a leather-wrapped steering wheel. This second-generation Versa was introduced as a 2012 model.

Nissan Versa’s 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is underpowered compared to many rival subcompacts. All are front-wheel drive.

Versa is EPA-rated at 31/40 mpg City/Highway with the continuously variable transmission, or 35 mpg Combined. The CVT is efficient but sluggish.

The base Versa S model comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox or optional 4-speed automatic transmission. Pricing with the manual is rock-bottom, but fuel economy sinks to an EPA-estimated 30 mpg Combined, and performance does not improve.

Safety is not a Versa strength, and crash-test ratings are poor. Even as an option, Nissan does not offer any of the advanced electronic active-safety systems that have been turning up in economical cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Versa sedan a meager three-star rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety declared it Poor on their stringent small-overlap test, but Good in other testing. The Versa Note fared better, but still falls short of competitive models.


The 2016 Nissan Versa comes in four trim levels. All come with the 1.6-liter engine. Versa S ($11,990) has a 5-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, power mirrors, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, hands-free calling, and 15-inch wheels, but lacks power windows and a folding rear seat. Four-speed automatic ($1,500) is optional. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Versa S Plus ($13,990) gets the CVT, a rear spoiler, steering-wheel controls, and cruise control. Versa SV ($15,530) gets upgraded cloth seats, power windows and locks, 60/40-split folding rear seat, upgraded trim. An SV Technology Package includes a 5.8-inch touchscreen, navigation, voice recognition, real-time traffic, and rearview camera. Versa SL ($17,090) adds Intelligent Key, an immobilizer system, rearview camera, foglamps, and 16-inch wheels.


Attractively shaped, the Versa strives to emulate the larger Nissan cars but has fewer and less expressive lines.

Large headlights, a chromed grille, and front-end sculpting, part of the 2015 freshening, mimic the larger Nissans. Because it rides on small wheels and has fewer highlights in its side panels, the Versa sedan winds up looking dowdy.

We find the Versa Note hatchback more interesting. Its proportions are less homely. The Note’s hatchback body shares no sheetmetal with its sedan counterpart. Sedans sell much better than hatchbacks, but the latter’s overall proportions avoid the low-rent look exemplified by the Versa sedan.


Passenger space is Versa’s primary virtue, even though the interior is undeniably no-frills. It’s one of the few subcompacts that can carry four adults in actual comfort, as opposed to the theoretical kind. That said, particularly tall riders might feel limited. Front backrests are well-bolstered, but bottom cushions are short, flat, and insufficiently supportive, so actual is a relative term.

Leg space is bountiful in the rear, compared to many subcompacts, but only upper trim levels get the handy folding back rest. Outboard seating positions are nicely contoured, but the center seat is not.

Trunk space is huge for a car of this size.

Quietness is a virtue. Clunks and thunks should be rarities, in view of Nissan’s emphasis on noise suppression. Only the powertrain is likely to get noisy, when pushed. In short, the Versa is quite pleasant for tooling around on beat up neighborhood streets.

While hard plastic is typical in this class, the Versa has it in abundance. As a result, the cabin comes across as undeniably economy-class. Climate controls consist of three simple, easy-to-use knobs. Otherwise, switchgear quality is among the worst that we’ve tested.

Driving Impressions

Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in a CVT-equipped Versa takes a leisurely 11.5 seconds, the very definition of sluggish, and the powertrain will howl if pushed hard. Making only 109 horsepower, the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine has one of the lowest outputs in the class. The Versa is far from sporty, but it is not trying to be.

On the road, the Versa is competent enough, if unremarkable. Steering is reasonably well-weighted but quite light, requiring small corrections to stay on course at higher speeds. On the plus side, light steering helps make the Versa easy to drive and park on tight city streets. When driven in a relaxed fashion, the CVT works quite well, and Nissan has been a leader with this technology.

Versa excels in ride comfort, even on potholed streets and choppy expressways. A soft, perhaps even sloppy, suspension manages to soak up most road bumps and flaws without losing composure. That’s quite a feat in the subcompact class.

We don’t recommend the base-model Versa S, with either a manual gearbox or the ancient 4-speed automatic. Both can feel even more sluggish than a CVT-fitted Versa. The Versa S model, with manual or automatic, manages only an EPA-estimated 30 mpg Combined.

CVT models score well in fuel economy, but don’t top the rankings. With CVT, Versa is EPA-rated at 31/40 mpg City/Highway, 35 mpg Combined.


The Nissan Versa offers big interior space and big value in a small package. The price to be paid for so much value includes uninspired performance, disappointing safety scores and average fuel economy.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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