• (4.3) 44 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $3,732–$10,068
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 28-31
  • Engine: 107-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2011 Nissan Versa

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Nissan Versa

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

2011 Nissan Versa Reviews

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.

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)

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 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


Average based on 44 reviews

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All around good car

by Aj from Aurora, CO on December 12, 2017

Nissans are reliable, fun to drive, comfortable, and one of my favorite cars to own. I have owned a sentra and a versa.

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There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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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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