2008 Nissan Versa

Change Vehicle
2008 Nissan Versa
Available in 6 styles:  2008 Nissan Versa 4dr Sedan shown
Asking Price Range
Estimated MPG

24–27 city / 31–33 hwy


    Expert Reviews 2 of 4
2008 Nissan Versa 4.1 38
$ 3,507-9,767
August 14, 2007
Vehicle Overview
Nissan introduced the Versa to the U.S. for 2007. Available in sedan and hatchback form, the Versa goes head-to-head with offerings from Toyota, Honda and General Motors. Little has changed for 2008. Nissan hopes to win buyers with size: The Versa's exterior dimensions beat those of the Chevrolet Aveo, Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit, and the five-seat interior trumps all but the Aveo in volume.

Both hatchback and sedan Versas are available in base 1.8 S trim and higher-optioned 1.8 SL trim, with the latter including standard cruise control, power windows, power door locks and remote keyless entry.

Nissan says the name Versa refers to the vehicle's versatile space. It's also much better for this market than Tiida, the vehicle's name outside the U.S., which is difficult to attribute to any English phrase, let alone a vehicle descriptor.

In the spirit of basic transportation, the Versa features a monotone exterior free of side moldings, mesh grilles or chin spoilers. The grille bears a familial resemblance to Nissan's larger Altima and Maxima sedans, and the flanking headlamps are oversized and angular. A large windshield and side windows — particularly on the hatchback — increase visibility, and the sedan's rear end sorts things out cleanly. The hatchback adds a little drama with sharp cut lines and triangular taillights that call to mind Nissan's Murano sport utility vehicle.

Fifteen-inch steel wheels are standard, with 15-inch alloy wheels optional.

Sport packages are available that add a rear spoiler, side sill extensions, a unique front and rear, a chin spoiler and fog lights.

A two-tone dashboard slopes away from the driver with a high-mounted center control panel and a three-spoke steering wheel. Metallic-look trim divides sections of the upper and lower dash and also appears on the gearshift, steering-wheel spokes and door-handle surrounds. Upscale touches include stitched armrest padding and an available premium sound system with satellite radio.

Nissan says the cabin stretches 6 feet from front to back. The rear seat is especially commodious for this class; legroom considerably beats the Aveo, Yaris and Fit, and headroom trumps all but the Fit. Front dimensions also rank at the head of the pack, and total passenger volume exceeds all but the Aveo's.

The cargo volume measures 13.8 cubic feet in the Versa sedan and 16.9 cubic feet in the hatchback.

Under the Hood
A 1.8-liter inline-four-cylinder generates 122 horsepower and 127 pounds-feet of torque. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, but optional offerings include a four-speed automatic or a continuously variable automatic transmission that eliminates shifts via chain-driven pulleys that infinitely vary gear ratios. With the CVT, Nissan estimates, the Versa gets a combined city/highway fuel economy of 38 mpg.

A tire pressure monitoring system and front-seat side-impact airbags are standard. Options include side curtain airbags and antilock brakes.

    Expert Reviews 2 of 4

Featured Services for this Nissan Versa

  • Sell your current car quickly and easily on Cars.com.
  • Not sure what auto repair should cost you? Use our price estimator.
  • Get help with car repair now on Cars.com. Visit Repair & Care

Search Inventory Near You

Calculate Monthly Payment

What will my monthly cost be?

Check Payment

Calculate Affordable Price

What is the most I can afford?

Check Price

More Calculators

Compare finance offers to decide what's right for you.

Certain specifications, prices and equipment data have been provided under license from Chrome Data Solutions ("Chrome Data"). ©2013 Chrome Data Solutions, LP. All Rights Reserved. This information is supplied for personal use only and may not be used for any commercial purpose whatsoever without the express written consent of Chrome Data. Chrome Data makes no guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose, with respect to the data presented here. All specifications, prices and equipment are subject to change without notice.