2013 Nissan Versa

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2013 Nissan Versa
2013 Nissan Versa

Key specs

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The good:

  • Value
  • Backseat legroom
  • Huge trunk
  • Ride comfort
  • Brake-pedal feel

The bad:

  • Interior quality
  • Highway composure
  • Handling
  • Wind and road noise

4 trims

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Our 2013 Nissan Versa trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Trim levels gain features
  • Up to 40 mpg on the highway
  • 1.6-liter (sedan) or 1.8-liter four-cylinder (hatchback)
  • Low base price
  • Previous-generation hatchback carries over

2013 Nissan Versa review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Nissan redesigned its Versa sedan last year. While the car’s styling isn’t particularly memorable, buyers will appreciate the roomy interior, low starting price and fuel efficiency. The Versa is one of the most affordable cars in the U.S. Competitors include the Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris and Ford Fiesta.

Nissan still sells a Versa hatchback — which is considerably more expensive than the sedan — that’s based on the previous-generation car.

New for 2013
Versa sedans with the continuously variable automatic transmission are now rated at an EPA-estimated 40 mpg on the highway, and the different trim levels come with more features. The base S adds a trunk light and the SV gains cloth door trim, chrome door handles and a driver’s-seat armrest. The top-level SL adds Nissan’s Intelligent Key, remote trunk release and sun-visor extenders. The Versa hatchback continues to be sold as a 2012 model through the end of the 2012 calendar year.
We’ve seen striking designs trickle down to economy cars lately with the introduction of the Ford Fiesta and redesigned Hyundai Accent, but Nissan seems to have de-emphasized design with the Versa sedan, which has a largely forgettable exterior. The design does, however, let the Versa slip smoothly through the air, as the sedan has a 0.31 drag coefficient. Exterior features include:

  • 15-inch steel wheels with covers standard; 16-inch wheels available
  • Available fog lights
  • Available rear spoiler

The Versa sedan’s cabin quality is disappointing because its basic materials and controls are a step backward from the prior-generation car. However, the Versa remains a space-efficient car and can comfortably accommodate adult passengers in the front and rear seats at the same time. Interior features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • CD stereo
  • Available power windows, mirrors and cruise control
  • Available 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood
The Versa sedan has a 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine while the hatchback uses a 122-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder. Mechanical features include:

  • Sedan can have a five-speed manual, four-speed automatic or a continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Hatchback can have a six-speed manual, four-speed automatic or a CVT
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Available backup camera

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews


Good car for it's year and mileage

Is a good car for his time, have some characteristics that make me feel comfortable driving it. It's my first car and make me feel sure.


Great car, great gas mileage!

Many options - Navigation, keyless entry, back up camera, usb, remote start, plus new transmission and new tires. Metallic blue with clean, sandstone interior. Plenty of trunk space.



Great mileage and an inexpensive buy, but man did it rip my heart (and wallet) out. Transmission died at 64k miles. Electric system then began to malfunction causing the car to stall in traffic. Nissan couldn’t figure it out and I’m no mechanic. Ended up getting rid of it at 70k, very disappointed. Nissan also refused to stand by it and offered no compensation for its miserable performance.

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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
84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)
Dealer certification required
167-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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