Despite its small size, the Nissan Versa has a great safety rating. The NHTSA awards it an overall rating of five stars, though the frontal and rollover crash tests only earned four stars. The IIHS doesn't give as much of a comprehensive score as it usually does, but the areas it did test are all rated as Good.
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
The Versa impresses with a large number of standard safety features that include traction and stability control, ABS, EVD, and an impressive total of ten airbags: dual front, front side, front knee, rear side, and two-row side curtain. That's more than many premium brands offer. It also comes with forward-collision alert, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, hill-start assist, a rearview camera, high-beam assist, and rear automatic braking. You need to upgrade to the SV or SR trims to unlock the remaining features, which include automatic headlights, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a driver-alertness monitoring system. The SR also has adaptive cruise control.
|Nissan Versa Sedan Trims||S||SV||SR|
|Rear Parking Aid||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Blind Spot Monitor||N/A||S||S|
|Lane Departure Warning||S||S||S|
|Lane Keeping Assist||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Tire Pressure Monitor||S||S||S|
In terms of quality and reliability, the Nissan Versa scores well, receiving a rating of 82 out of 100 in that category from J.D. Power last year. The 2023 model hasn't been rated yet. Last year's model's overall consumer satisfaction was 79 out of 100. There have been no recalls for the Versa since 2021, when two recalls were issued - for faulty front turn signals and for a loss of power-steering assistance. Every model is covered by a limited bumper-to-bumper warranty that is valid for three years/36,000 miles and a powertrain warranty that is valid for five years/60,000 miles. There is also three years/36,000 miles of roadside assistance coverage.
With an overall rating of five stars from the NHTSA, the Nissan Versa is considered a very safe car.
An astounding ten airbags come standard in every Versa. The front passengers each get a front, knee, and side airbag and the rear-seat passengers each get a side airbag. Curtain head-protection airbags cover both rows.