2008 Nissan Versa

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38 reviews
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Available Price Range $2,850-$9,806 Trims6 Combined MPG 28-30 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2008 Nissan Versa

Our Take

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 200... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Modest road presence
  • ABS not standard

Notable Features

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


Our Expert Reviews

Small cars are in, for sure.Today's high gasoline prices have made sure of that.But small and fuel-efficient doesn't have to mean cramped or boring.Consider the case of the Nissan Versa, the new subcompact that plays in the same market segment with the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Chevrolet Aveo.This car stands out from that pack in that it's actually a compact at the price of one... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.1 out of 5

Based on 38 reviews

surprising for what it is

by dan from etters, pa on October 14, 2010

We bought it used with 40,000. All the wife needed was basic transportation & she likes short hatchbacks. The good - I was amazed at how good it sticks to the road during windy rainstorms. Tons of pa... Read Full Review

6 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Nissan Versa 1.8S

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Nissan Versa 1.8S

Overall Rollover Rating
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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage





What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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