2007 Nissan Versa

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$12,550

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2007 Nissan Versa

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • More power than competitors
  • Available upscale features
  • Fuel economy with CVT
  • Interior space
  • Price

The bad:

  • Modest road presence
  • ABS not standard

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • S

    $12,550

  • SL

    $14,550

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2007 Nissan Versa trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New for 2007
  • Standard side-impact airbags in front
  • Available continuously variable transmission
  • Hatchback or sedan

2007 Nissan Versa review: Our expert's take

By Sara Lacey

The verdict:

Versus the competiton:


Nissan has a new name on the block: Versa. I’m always intrigued by the names manufacturers select for their vehicles: LeSabre, Corolla, Passat. What do they mean? I’m guessing “Versa” is meant to imply “versatile,” but often my experience driving this little offering from Nissan more closely resembled “versus.” Don’t get me wrong; I didn’t fight this car. In fact, it’s quite friendly and zippy. Rather, living in a town where most people’s vehicle choices come down to SUV versus truck, more often than not the Versa had to fight her way through traffic. Believe it or not, she did it with grace.

So maybe Nissan means Versa to sound poetic and lyrical, like “verse.” While I wouldn’t call it lyrical, the 2007 Nissan Versa hatchback certainly was smooth and easy to drive, and I truly enjoyed its easygoing nature. It took corners without feeling like it would topple over. I liked the tight steering and solid braking, and though it doesn’t have a huge engine, I never felt as though it lacked power. I won’t be taking the Versa up any mountain passes at the speed of light, but around town, this car is pretty great.

What else makes the Versa great? The kids can get in and out completely on their own – no doorjamb head-bonking here. My son can fasten his seat belt himself most of the time, and when he can’t, I can help him from the driver’s seat (though not while driving, of course). Yet at the same time, I don’t feel crammed. There’s some kind of weird magic in the Versa’s interior that makes this possible. How can my husband both be comfortable and hand out snacks to the kids in the back at the same time? It’s so weird!

Then there’s the cargo space in the back; it seems tiny, but it can handle an umbrella stroller and a full grocery trip, though a double stroller doesn’t fit. No one should buy the Versa to accommodate trips to Sam’s Club or Home Depot, but what the Versa can handle is a pleasant surprise. Child safety seats are easy to install without any hiccups. Maybe “Versa” means “magic” in Japanese.

There are a few things, though, that aren’t so magical. Some creature comforts are missing, most notably a console between the front seats and a vanity mirror. I know, that last one probably made you groan. It’s true; on any given day I don’t deserve a vanity mirror either because I haven’t put forth any effort to impress the other folks in the carpool lane, but is it really too much to ask to be able to verify my lip gloss is on straight? Also, the Versa’s doors close quickly and the seats butt right up to the door. My kids narrowly escaped getting their fingers caught more than a few times as they tried to close the doors on their own. I instantly invented a show-me-your-hands-when-the doors-are-closing game.

I enjoy a car I don’t have to work against, figure out or demystify, and with the Versa I can just get in, drive and be happy. Oh, and the driver’s-side window has power up and down operation. Yes!

Fundamentally, I see the Versa as a great little commuter car to get the kids to school or day care and home again. In the meantime, it can handle one or two small errands, all while getting great gas mileage. It also dodges and weaves between those bigger vehicles with ease. Perhaps “versatile” really is the best definition for the Versa.

*For more information on the Nissan Versa and its safety features, visit Cars.com.

LET’S TALK NUMBERS

Latch Connectors: 2

Seating Capacity (includes driver): 5

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Fair

Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Fair

SENSE AND STYLE

Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Fair

Fun Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove On): Some

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

3.9

the aircon break down twice

the interior is super spacecious, the cars parts are not lasting, all wheel bearing spoil and sound like airplane engine at 80mph at 130km miledge. shock absorber spoil at 100km miledge. Transmission delay engaguement at drive at 135km miledge. use k&W trans x in atf to sove the delay.

4.9

Good commuter car

After 13 years my wife still loves to drive it to work everyday. This car starts every time we crank it and before we know it, the speed it above limit.

4.3

Extremely dependable car with great fuel economy

The car is great for a student or a small family . Very well maintained cold ac new michelin tires . Has custom built sunroof, clean title and car fax

See all 64 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
N/A
Powertrain
84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)
Dealer certification required
167-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
View all cpo program details

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