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

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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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

4.0

Dependable drive

Pretty good little car. Limited room interior expected but room to put lots of bags etc in. Ignition went out 40k mlies expensive to repair several hundred bucks and key 150 dollars. One key. Wish passenger door had lock but only get one lock for key on entire car that is driver side. All in all good car .Air bag recall never have done yet dealer to far away.

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.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan Certified Select
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Nissan and non-Nissan vehicles less than 10 years old and less than 100,000 miles. (Nissan vehicles less than 6 years from original new car in-service date must have more than 60,000 to qualify for Certified Select.)
Powertrain
6 months/6,000 miles from date of sale
Dealer certification required
84-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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