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2016 Nissan Versa

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

175.4” x 59.6”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

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

The bad:

  • Sluggish acceleration with CVT
  • Highway composure
  • Handling

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2016 Nissan Versa trim comparison will help you decide.

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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 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 4.2
  • Interior 3.9
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value 4.2
  • Exterior 4.2
  • Reliability 4.3
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Most recent consumer reviews


Good car, but why the paint chipping?

I purchased this model New from big local Nissan dealer in my city in 2016. Mine is the blue model. Has great gas mileage, to this day. Was a good deal, on a basic car, with no frills. Worked great until 3 summer, right after 3 year warranty expired, the A/C totally quit. Had it checked, was the compressor. Over $1,000 fix. About the same time, strangely the paint started bubbling up in the between the rear doors on both side, and in crease where rear window meets the trunk. Flake after flake, will not stop and now a large section is gone on both back sides. For a 3 year old new car at the time, I was not happy. It is now 7 years old, and the chipping continues. Disappointing, and I have seen many of the same complaints online.


Recall CVT Trans. for 2016 Nissan Versa Please!

CVT Transmission expensive to fix!-bought the car in 2019 for $10k. At 94k miles, CVT transmission goes out. The cost to replace is $8k. Does this make sense? It's still sitting in the driveway.


cheap car

i bought this car about 3yrs ago. I had it about a month and the glove box latch broke then the whole glove box came out so had to shove it back in there. so i have to tie it shut . then the light for the shifter wont work unless you hit shifter. the a/c wont work unless you are going down the highway. if i want the heater to work right i have to turn the fan all the way up or else it barely works. this car was put together very cheaply. plus if its windy it will move all over the place. so i just use it to go back n forth to work thats it.

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Based on the 2016 Nissan Versa base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan Certified Select
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Nissan and non-Nissan vehicles less than 10 years old and less than 100,000 miles. (Nissan vehicles less than 6 years from original new car in-service date must have more than 60,000 to qualify for Certified Select.)
6 months/6,000 miles from date of sale
Dealer certification required
84-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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