2011 Nissan Versa

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Nissan Versa base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    28-31 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    107-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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
2011 Nissan Versa exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2011 Nissan Versa

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

2011 Nissan Versa Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 trans...

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

 


Latest 2011 Versa Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

first Niian i bought

by teresa la from crystal lake il on April 10, 2018

good on gas, good leg room in back like the back seat goes down for hauling things nice body style a good car for my daughter to lean on Read full review

(5.0)

GREAT CAR/PRICE - GREAT DRIVE/SPACE/MILEAGE

by Jowashel from Jackson, MS on March 28, 2018

I bought the car for the my granddaughter. It is perfect for her and her son, plenty of room and great gas mileage. Starts up on a dine. She looks nice driving her car and she and her son loves their ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Nissan Versa currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Nissan Versa has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Nissan

Program Benefits

24 Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance, Towing Assistance, Trip Interruption Benefits, 3-month free subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio on properly equipped vehicles, Complimentary CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ and 3-Year CARFAX® Buy Back Guarantee

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from original in-service date; $50 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 167 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Versa received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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