2016 Nissan Versa

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2016 Nissan Versa
2016 Nissan Versa

Key specs

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The good:

  • Low base price
  • Roominess for class
  • Huge trunk
  • Ride comfort

The bad:

  • Sluggish acceleration with CVT
  • Highway composure
  • Handling

4 trims

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Notable features

  • Five-seat sedan body style
  • Up to 40 mpg on the highway
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • NissanConnect smartphone integration available

2016 Nissan Versa review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The Versa is Nissan’s subcompact sedan. The automaker also offers the Versa Note four-door hatchback, which is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section. The Versa sedan is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and competes with small cars like the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio.

New for 2016
Body-color power side mirrors and rear speakers are now standard, and the uplevel SL trim level gains a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Significant Standard Features

  • 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Air conditioning
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone capability
  • 14.9-cubic-foot trunk
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Five-speed manual, four-speed automatic or continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Power windows and locks
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Cruise control
  • Touch-screen navigation system
  • NissanConnect smartphone integration
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • 15- or 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Backup camera

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews


Great little car

I've been driving my Versa for 3 years all over the Southwest US. I bought it with 53,000 miles on it, now it has 98,372. The only issues are with the electrical. The drivers side window was stuck down for a few days, then started working again. Sometimes the stereo doesn't come on at all. Will only sync with iPhone, not Android. This car doesn't weigh much and driving in high winds is scary- moving heavy stuff worked for ballast but of course effected the mileage. Airbag light has been on since I bought it. The only thing I really don't like is the design of the glove box- it doesn't have side walls so things fall off to the side and keep it from closing. GREAT on gas! I only have to stop twice on a 9 hour trip if I start with a full tank. Overall a great little car.


Was an okay car until the transmission problems be

This car was a good, reliable car until I owned it for a few years. Right towards the end of my warranty and now the issues begin. Biggest problem is the transmission. I take it to the certified dealership repair shop for a transmission leak "in the transmission dip stick holder". Dealership says they fixed it but I have a feeling the entire transmission is going to need to be replaced. One week after the repair and now it's acting worse than it did before it was "fixed". Should've known was I was getting into when I first read about all of the transmission issues these cars come with. 11/10 would not recommend this car.


horrible design

have had nothng but trouble with it the transmissions in them are junk nissan would not help me at all they covered stuff up and lied

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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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