2016 Nissan Versa

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Nissan Versa. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    30-35 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

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

The Bad

  • Sluggish acceleration with CVT
  • Highway composure
  • Handling

Notable Features of the 2016 Nissan Versa

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

2016 Nissan Versa Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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
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

Latest 2016 Versa Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Everthing is good on this car and cheep.

by Teresa1 from Bskersfield CA on August 16, 2018

I Love this type of Car and its every cheep for gas and its a confortable car and also to drive and its great for budget that you have on a car to buy. Read full review

(4.0)

Great mileage. Generic style. Reliable/low mainten

by Senior Songwriter. from Northern California. on July 14, 2018

33 mpg and reliable for over two years. Overall I am satisfied with this car... The most annoying quirk has been the touchy trunk release mechanism- it opens unattended, and has resulted in loss of ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Nissan Versa currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Nissan Versa 1.6 S

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
poor
Overall evaluation
poor
Retraints and dummy kinematics
marginal
Structure and safety cage
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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
poor
Overall Evaluation
poor
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
marginal
Structure and Safety Cage
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Nissan

Program Benefits

24 Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance, Towing Assistance, Trip Interruption Benefits, 3-month free subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio on properly equipped vehicles, Complimentary CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ and 3-Year CARFAX® Buy Back Guarantee

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from original in-service date; $50 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 167 point inspection and reconditioning.

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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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