2011 Nissan Versa

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2011 Nissan Versa
2011 Nissan Versa

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Front-seat comfort
  • Big backseat for a small car
  • Ride quality
  • Nimbleness
  • Gas mileage
  • Visibility

The bad:

  • 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

3 trims

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Our 2011 Nissan Versa trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Hatchback or sedan
  • Manual or automatic
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Optional Bluetooth connectivity

2011 Nissan Versa review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Nissan introduced the Versa to the U.S. for 2007. It is available as a hatchback and a sedan. This subcompact goes head-to-head with the Toyota Yaris, Chevrolet Aveo and Hyundai Accent.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
The Versa features a monotone exterior that’s free of side moldings, mesh grilles or chin spoilers. The large windshield and side windows — particularly on the hatchback — increase visibility. Exterior features include:

  • Available 15-inch steel wheels, available 16-inch alloy wheels (hatchback)
  • Standard power mirrors
  • Standard body-colored front/rear bumpers, door handles and mirrors (1.8 models)

Interior
A two-tone dashboard slopes away from the driver with a high-mounted center control panel and a three-spoke steering wheel. A navigation system with XM traffic information is among the options. Interior features include:

  • Available cloth or suede/synthetic fabric seats
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard 12-volt power outlet
  • Optional speed-sensitive volume
  • Optional power doors and windows, cruise control
  • Optional leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls
  • Optional keyless entry/start
  • Optional Bluetooth wireless phone communication
  • Optional satellite radio

Under the Hood
There are two engine options on the Versa, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. Hatchbacks come only with the 1.8. The standard transmission in the base sedan is a five-speed manual, but there are three other transmission options, including a continuously variable automatic transmission, a four-speed automatic and a six-speed manual. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 107-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 111 pounds-feet of torque
  • Optional 122-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 127 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard five-speed manual transmission (sedan 1.6)
  • Standard six-speed manual (standard on 1.8 S models)
  • Optional four-speed automatic
  • Optional continuously variable automatic transmission (hatchback 1.8 SL)

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard front, side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard smart key that immobilizes the engine in an attempted theft
  • Optional antilock brakes with brake assist
  • Available electronic stability system

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Fuel Efficient

This car is the most reliable car I have ever owned! It only takes about $30 to fill the tank from empty to full, and would last me about a week and a half

4.9

Nissans hatchback 2011 is the best compact !!

I bought the car for my wife! Lots of room! Great mechanical.. Very impressed!!!... Rory Buck.... Port Angeles, Wa. In my life I have been a traveling salesperson. Went through many cars! This is simply one of my favorite cars.

4.4

very reliable best car ive ever owned

fabulous would buy again if I could bought new ive only had one issue alternator failed on 120000 miles and I repaired myself easy to work on

See all 63 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
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