2021 Nissan Versa Sedan

Compare insurance prices:
Save an average of $440
Free Quote

2021 Nissan Versa Sedan Review: Pragmatism, Through and Through

by Aiden Eksteen

Though crossover SUVs have become the go-to vehicles for most Americans, there is still a fairly large market for budget-friendly sedans in the USA. And so the 2021 Nissan Versa Sedan powers onward alongside other subcompact 4-door contemporaries such as the Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio, and Mitsubishi Mirage G4, offering Americans affordable everyday transportation. All offer straightforward and reliable driving characteristics, decent practicality, and a lot of value for the money with their sub $20,000 starting prices, but the 2021 Nissan Versa Sedan brings its own modern flair and plenty of driver-assistance features to the table.

With just 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque, the Nissan has just what it needs to get you from point A to point B. It's not exciting or engaging, but ideal for the first-time driver or everyday commuter on a budget. Though no longer the most affordable car in America, with the Mitsubishi Mirage hatch coming in slightly cheaper, the 2021 Nissan Versa Sedans' starting price of around $15k is still really attractive. Some may prefer to go for a larger sedan within the secondhand market at that price, but the latest generation of the Versa is more compelling than ever and is worth a place on your shortlist.

Read in this review:

What is BuzzScore?

2021 Nissan Versa Sedan Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 Versa Sedan?

Nissan fully redesigned the Versa Sedan for the 2020 model year and, so, rolls it over into 2021 with no significant enhancements or alterations. The base price of the line has been increased by $100, though.

Pros and Cons

  • Superb value for the money
  • Significantly improved exterior design
  • Frugal fuel economy
  • Respectable trunk cargo capacity
  • Compelling list of driver-assist features
  • Dull driving characteristics
  • Rudimentary, subpar suspension setup
  • Infotainment touchscreen catches glare
  • Not much room in the back seats
  • No longer America's cheapest sedan

Best Deals on 2021 Nissan Versa Sedan

2021 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
See All 2021 Nissan Versa Sedan Trims and Specs

2021 Versa Sedan Exterior

2021 Nissan Versa Sedan Forward View CarBuzz
2021 Nissan Versa Sedan View Out Back CarBuzz
2021 Nissan Versa Sedan Frontal Aspect CarBuzz
See All 2021 Nissan Versa Sedan Exterior Photos


  • Length 177.0 in
  • Wheelbase 103.1 in
  • Height 57.3 in
  • Max Width 68.5 in
  • Front Width 59.8 in
  • Rear Width 60.2 in
  • Curb Weight 2,599.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Electric Blue Metallic
  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Gun Metallic
  • Super Black
  • Fresh Powder
  • Monarch Orange Pearl Met
  • Scarlet Ember Pearl Metallic
  • Aspen White TriCoat Pearl

2021 Versa Sedan Performance

2021 Nissan Versa Sedan Front Angle View CarBuzz
2021 Nissan Versa Sedan Rear Angle View CarBuzz
2021 Nissan Versa Sedan Engine Bay CarBuzz

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    1.6L Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    5-Speed Manual, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain

2021 Versa Sedan Interior

2021 Nissan Versa Sedan Steering Wheel CarBuzz
2021 Nissan Versa Sedan Driver Chair CarBuzz
2021 Nissan Versa Sedan Gear Shifter CarBuzz
See All 2021 Nissan Versa Sedan Interior Photos

Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 44.5 in
  • Front Head Room 39.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 31.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 36.3 in

2021 Versa Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

2021 Nissan Versa Sedan Trunk Space CarBuzz
2021 Nissan Versa Sedan Trunk Space with Seat Folded CarBuzz
2021 Nissan Versa Sedan Trunk Space 1 CarBuzz
  • Trunk Volume
    14.7 ft³

2021 Versa Sedan Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2021 Nissan Versa Sedan A Good sedan?

Although you do get a whole lot more from the third-generation Versa Sedan over the older models, it's still a very basic, no-frills commuter. That said, the 2021 Versa Sedan is a fairly good-looking vehicle and is rather well-built for a car that starts at under $15k in base spec. Even top models cost less than $20,000. To no extent exciting, the Versa Sedan nevertheless delivers a straightforward and dependable driving experience. Both the NHTSA and the IIHS have put the 2021 Nissan Versa Sedan to review and each awarded it with a decent safety rating overall. This is further enhanced by an 83/100 quality and reliability score from J.D. Power. If anything, the 2021 Nissan Versa Sedan is a solid everyday point-to-point shooter. While you won't be going anywhere particularly fast, it's pleasant enough to drive around and impressively fuel-efficient, too. All in all, it delivers the kind of performance you'd expect from a sedan in its class and at its price. There are better cars that deliver more features and more space, but with the latest Versa's new design, many driver assists, and new car warranty, it's still worth considering.

What Nissan Versa Sedan Model Should I Buy?

Even if you are shopping with a very limited budget, every Versa Sedan model will likely be within range. The price doesn't change much as you move through the trim levels, but neither does the list of standard features. As, such we'd suggest you get the most your money can buy and opt for the top-spec SR. The more frugal CVT is equipped as standard here, delivering the best mileage figures and a more effortless driving experience over the manual. Though the entry-spec S can be optioned with the CVT, you'll be stuck with the halogen headlights and 15-inch steel wheels. In terms of features, the SR comes standard with full LED exterior lighting, a leather-clad steering wheel, SR sport-fabric seating upholstery, and a six-speaker audio system. We'd also suggest opting in the Convenience Package for the Intelligent cruise control, heated front seats, and automatic climate control.

To Top