2013 Nissan Versa

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Nissan Versa. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    31-35 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    109-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

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

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2013 Nissan Versa

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.
Exterior
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 ...
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.
Exterior
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

Interior
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
Safety features include:

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



Latest 2013 Versa Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(3.9)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

An exceptional first car.

by Arvind Iyer from Florence, SC on November 8, 2018

I, being an international student, was looking for a car, that had a blend of good gas mileage, low and hassle-free maintenance, space, comfort and safety, all at an affordable price. Because I did ... Read full review

(4.0)

great car looks great rides good

by rayman from brooklyn new york on August 23, 2018

the only thing is it has sensors on the tires but over all a great car I just got the car just the car I was looking for Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Nissan Versa currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Nissan Versa 1.6 S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Nissan
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain warranty

    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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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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