2009 Nissan Versa

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29 reviews
Available Price Range $3,363-$9,095 Trims7 Combined MPG 28-30 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2009 Nissan Versa

Our Take

Nissan introduced the Versa to the U.S. for 2007. The Versa is available as both a hatchback and a sedan, and it has base 1.8 S and higher 1.8 SL trim levels. This subcompact goes head to head with the Toyota Yaris, Chevrolet Aveo and Hyundai Accent.There are no significant changes for the 2009 N... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Smallish liftgate opening
  • Backseat doesn't fold flat
  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope
  • ABS is optional
  • Creaky interior in cool weather
  • No ultra-cheap hatchback version

Notable Features

  • Hatchback or sedan
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Optional Bluetooth connectivity

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Months before the 2009 Nissan Versa's arrival at my doorstep, I was eagerly anticipating test driving one of the most affordable cars in the market today. I knew it would lack the frills and jaw-dropping, heart-pounding amenities of more expensive sedans. However, I can appreciate simplicity, so I welcomed the Versa into my driveway.This car is basic. It's a base model, so there'... Read full review for the 2009 Nissan Versa

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Consumer Reviews

4.1

Average based on 29 reviews

Versa SL great value

by Economan from Minneapolis, MN on November 11, 2010

I bought this 2009 Versa SL this summer, 1 year old and 12K miles, for $12,000--a great deal. The car has proven reliable and fun--not in the sense of a sports car, for sure, but equipped with the CVT... Read Full Review

7 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.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Versa 1.6

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Versa 1.6

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
A
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
A
Driver Torso
A
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Nissan Versa 1.6

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Nissan Versa 1.6

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
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.

Recalls

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

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

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

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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