The 2017 Nissan Versa ranks 15 out of 16 Subcompact Cars. The 2017 Nissan Versa is a no-frills subcompact car designed for those on a tight budget who don’t need the amenities found in other vehicles. Though it has one of the most spacious cabins and cargo areas in the class, its technology is behind the times and its engine is underwhelming.
The 2017 Nissan Versa sedan provides comfortable, spacious and inexpensive transportation and comes with a generous choice of available amenities. Just don’t expect much in terms of personality or driver engagement.
Virtually every fast food place has some sort of “value menu” filled with good stuff at prices that won’t break the bank. Which, when you stop to think of it, is a remarkably good analogy for the 2017 Nissan Versa. This compact sedan offers some appealing qualities for not a lot of dough. High points include a smooth ride, good fuel economy, a large trunk and one of the roomiest rear seats in the segment.
Of course, as you’d expect, the entry-level Versa model isn’t exactly lavishly equipped. That means you’ll have to spring for one of the higher (and more expensive) trim levels to get many of the amenities you might want, such as keyless entry, cruise control, and power windows and door locks. The Versa’s acceleration and handling are also a bit lackluster compared to the performance of most competing sedans.
Some of our favorites in this class include the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta and new Toyota Yaris iA, all of which offer sharper handling and more engaging styling and design. The Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio also boast better acceleration and more style at a similar price point. But if you’re primarily looking for a car that provides maximum interior room at a minimum price, the 2017 Nissan Versa could be worth a look.
The 2017 Nissan Versa is a subcompact sedan offered in four trim levels: S, S Plus, SV and SL. The Nissan Versa Note hatchback is covered in a separate review.
The entry-level S model comes with 15-inch steel wheels, power mirrors, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, manual locks and windows, a tilt-only steering wheel, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a trip computer, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, steering-wheel audio controls and an auxiliary audio input jack.
The S Plus gets a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT), a rear spoiler and cruise control.
Stepping up to the SV model gets you remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks, upgraded cloth upholstery and interior trim, a height-adjustable driver’s seat with an armrest, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, upgraded instrumentation, map lights and a USB port.
The new SV Special Edition option package adds 15-inch alloy wheels, foglights, chrome exterior accents, variable intermittent windshield wipers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera, an audio system with a 5-inch color display, satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio and a hands-free text messaging feature.
The SL trim starts with the contents of the aforementioned SV Special Edition package and adds 16-inch alloy wheels, side mirrors with integrated turn signals, keyless ignition and entry, and a navigation system.