If you're looking for performance in a $15k car, you'll be disappointed with the Nissan Versa. This is not a sedan built for speed or fun. It is a bare-bones commuter with good fuel economy and high levels of safety. That being said, thanks to its small size and low weight, the 122-horsepower engine actually makes the car feel surprisingly sprightly around town. But, if you're trying to get up to speed on the highway, you can expect a slow 0-60 mph time of around 9.5 seconds, according to independent tests - and it is very hard work when laden at speed. This is quite a bit slower than a Kia Rio. This front-wheel-drive car can reach a top speed of 115 mph where it's legal if you are patient, but it is noisy at high speeds. It is not rated for towing.
The only engine available to the Nissan Versa is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. This is sufficient power to get you around town if you aren't in too much of a hurry, but it is lacking on the highway, and overtaking any but the slowest of drivers isn't advised without a lot of forethought. As standard, a five-speed manual gearbox lets you handle the shifts yourself, sending power to the front wheels only. However, a CVT is available, and it comes standard on the upper trim levels. It does nothing to improve the driving experience, but it does help with fuel economy.
|Nissan Versa Sedan Trims||Nissan Versa Sedan Engines||Nissan Versa Sedan Horsepower||Nissan Versa Sedan Transmissions||Nissan Versa Sedan Drivetrains||Nissan Versa Sedan MPG/MPGE|
|S||1.6L Inline-4 Gas||122 hp @ 6000 rpm||5-Speed Manual|
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
|FWD||30 MPG |
|SV||1.6L Inline-4 Gas||122 hp @ 6000 rpm||Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)||FWD||35 MPG|
|SR||1.6L Inline-4 Gas||122 hp @ 6000 rpm||Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)||FWD||35 MPG|
If nothing else, the Nissan Versa offers good gas mileage for a regular ICE vehicle. When equipped with the manual transmission, the mpg figures are not that impressive, with 27/35/30 mpg across the EPA's city/highway/combined cycles. However, switching to the CVT makes the Versa far more competitive with other leading small sedans like the Kia Rio. In this configuration, the Nissan manages 32/40/35 mpg, nearly matching the Kia. Every model has a maximum fuel capacity of 10.8 gallons, so in restrained mixed driving, you can expect to cover around 378 miles between refills on CVT-equipped models.
|Nissan Versa Sedan Trims||S||SV||SR|
|Nissan Versa Sedan Tank size||14.7 gal.||15 gal.||15 gal.|
|Nissan Versa Sedan Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)||27/35||32/40||32/40|
Any Versa equipped with the CVT gearbox will get you the best gas mileage figures of 32/40/35 mpg city/highway/combined.
No, the Nissan Versa can run on regular gasoline.