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Vehicle Reviews:
2015 Nissan Versa


The Nissan Versa has maintained its position among the most affordable new cars for a few years now. Despite its rock-bottom price, it still manages to provide all the benefits that buyers on a budget need from a new vehicle.

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Trim Levels

There are four levels:

The base trim gets air conditioning, Bluetooth and a two-speaker sound system. The S Plus is the next trim up and comes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and rear speakers as standard features. The SV gets a host of features including a folding rear seat, keyless entry and body-colored mirrors. The highest trim is the SL and it comes with fog lights, keyless ignition and satellite radio.

The Exterior

The 2015 Nissan Versa adds a few stylistic elements from the Sentra and the Altima. An example would be the Versa’s front and rear fascias, which have been given a new style similar to that of the Sentra; it has a cleaner-looking rear bumper as well.

The Interior

The 2015 Versa really stands out in this area. The common trade-off when shopping for budget cars is space for a lower cost. Affordable cars typically come with cramped interiors. This is not so for the Versa which offers a surprising amount of room at one of the lowest prices in the segment. The amount of room in the rear seat is particularly noteworthy; the leg- and headroom here is more than adequate for passengers of above average height. There is also an impressive 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, which is above average for a car in the subcompact class.

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Engine and Power

All of the Versa models for the 2015 model year come with a 109 HP, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The base trim comes with a five-speed manual transmission but buyers get the option of a four-speed automatic. All higher trims get the CVT as a standard feature. Another remarkable feature of the Versa is its gas mileage; cars with the CVT get 31 in the city and 40 on the highway. With the five-speed manual transmission, the mileage falls to 27 MPG in the city, 36 MPG on the highway while the automatic gets 26/35.


The 2015 Nissan Versa comes with driver and passenger side airbags, as well as side and rear head airbags. It also has 4-Wheel ABS and electronic stability control among its safety features.


As a compact sedan, the Versa is not built for speed but most drivers will find its performance adequate for daily driving. It goes from zero to 60 mph in a little over ten seconds, which is average for a vehicle in this class.

The Versa’s suspension is tuned for a comfortable ride with a smoothness that most others in the class do not provide. It is aimed at drivers who need a vehicle for practical driving, not necessarily for sporty performance. It is perfect for buyers who need a vehicle to take them around town to work or school.