2022 Nissan Versa Sedan

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2022 Nissan Versa Sedan Review: Wallet Warrior

by Aiden Eksteen

For those shopping in the budget sedan segment, or those looking for a reliable transporter as a first-time buy, the Nissan Versa Sedan brings everyday comfort, decent practicality, and leading safety standards to the table. At an attractive price, the Versa is a compelling alternative to the Kia Rio and Mitsubishi Mirage G4. Redesigned in 2020, the Versa moves into 2022 without any changes and is powered by the same 122-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder motor that allows it to poke around the city streets with ease. There's nothing exciting abut the Versa, but it does well for those who just need to get around town on a budget. In that regard, the Versa fills an important gap - because, despite the popularity of crossover SUVs and larger vehicles in the US, there will always be a market for small, highly-affordable vehicles, and here the Nissan Versa Sedan is one of the best.

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 8 /10
  • Performance 8 /10
  • Fuel Economy 10 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 9 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 9 /10
  • Reliability 9 /10
  • Safety 9 /10
  • Value For Money 10 /10
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2022 Nissan Versa Sedan Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 Versa Sedan?

Nissan committed the Versa Sedan to a complete redesign in 2020 and hasn't applied any new improvements or alterations since, other than a small increase in price for 2021.

Pros and Cons

  • Attractive starting price
  • Thrifty fuel economy returns
  • Inoffensive exterior design
  • Impressive driver-assist features
  • Decent amount of trunk space
  • No longer the most affordable sedan
  • Lackluster acceleration
  • Infotainment touchscreen picks up glare
  • Back seats are rather cramped

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2022 Nissan Versa Sedan Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
1.6L Inline-4 Gas
5-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
1.6L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
1.6L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
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Handling and Driving Impressions

It may have just 122 hp at the helm, but with how compact and light it is, the Versa Sedan can actually feel quite peppy and agile. It's steering also requires very little effort which makes it easy to dash around tight streets and parking lots. There's not much feel communicated through the steering but the Versa is certainly more composed than any of its predecessors, especially at higher speeds. Though the cabin can get rather loud at highway speeds, road noise is relatively minimal for a car in this class.

For a subcompact car, the Nissan Versa is surprisingly composed and comfortable over typical road surfaces.The rear torsion beam suspension does, however, lack the refinement of the multi-link independent rear suspension in the larger Sentra, something that becomes clear over bumps and larger undulations. Overall, the Versa impresses with its stability and comfort, and though it is equipped with basic rear drum brakes, its braking responses are always smooth and effective.

Verdict: Is the 2022 Nissan Versa Sedan A Good car?

You get a whole lot of value from the new generation Versa. It's still a car best suited to those who need an affordable first car. It's a handsome sedan that is well-built for a car in its price range. The cabin is spacious and ergonomic, although having classic budget-oriented materials. Where it really impresses is in the level of driving ease and safety it offers at its price, with every model in the line coming standard with Nissan's comprehensive selection of driver assists and ten airbags which earned the Nissan Versa good ratings for safety.

In terms of performance, the Versa Sedan does feel mostly asthmatic. It is, however, impressively thrifty, particularly with the CVT on board. Overall, it delivers the kind of performance you'd expect from a cheap family sedan. Though the Versa is attractively priced at well below $20,000, many shoppers searching in this range also have the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent to consider, not to mention that shoppers may be looking at larger and more powerful sedans on the second-hand market. However, with the Versa's latest redesign, comprehensive fitment of driver assists and safety equipment, good tech, and the new car warranty you'd get with it, it's easier to recommend than ever before.

2022 Nissan Versa Sedan Comparisons

Nissan Sentra Nissan
Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Mitsubishi

2022 Nissan Versa Sedan vs Nissan Sentra

Slotting into the compact classification, the Nissan Sentra is slightly larger than the Versa and subsequently comes with a more powerful 149-hp 2.0-liter engine. That extra power doesn't make a noticeable difference as it only compensates for the Sentra's bigger size, with the larger sedan offering similar acceleration times. The Sentra is the more stylish sedan, outside and in, and it boasts a more premium interior with more comforts and conveniences and leatherette or leather seating upholstery. Unfortunately, the Sentra doesn't actually offer that much more passenger or cargo room than the Versa, with both front and rear seats offering just a few more inches and the trunk actually being smaller at 14.3 cubic feet. With a starting price of just $19,610, the Sentra does pack in a lot of value, particularly in its premium design and array of features, which may just be enough to recommend it over the sparsely outfitted Versa.

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2022 Nissan Versa Sedan vs Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Similarly purposed and priced, the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is a direct competitor to the Versa within the subcompact space, but not so much when it comes to value. Powering the Mirage G4 sedan is a diminutive 1.2-liter inline-three engine that develops only 76 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque. This engine makes the Versa's 122-hp four-cylinder unit feel like a V6. The Versa is simply more pleasant and easier to drive on a daily basis and while the Mirage G4 is more fuel-efficient, the Versa isn't too far behind at all. The Mirage G4's cabin is tighter and its trunk smaller than the Versa's too, making it less comfortable and less practical. The Versa also comes with a whole lot more driver-assist features while the Mirage G4 comes with almost none. Overall, the Versa is the clear choice here - it offers more value, better levels of safety, and is actually also more affordable than the Mirage G4, albeit only slightly. It's just the far better car.

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