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2013 Nissan Versa

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2013 Nissan Versa Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.1

Consider the Nissan Versa the Toyota Camry of subcompacts: uninspiring, but a best seller. For the majority of buyers, the former won't matter much, or at least not enough to negate the Versa's positive aspects. Not only is the 2013 Versa the roomiest car in its class, it remains the least-expensive new car you can buy, even with this year's price increase. Add in fuel economy of up to 40 mpg, and the Versa looks even more sensible. Sedan versions of the Versa received an update last year that carries into this one, but the same can't be said of the Versa 2-door hatchback, which continues sales as a 2012 model. A new version of the hatchback is expected to share design cues of the Nissan Note from foreign markets, but details are still vague on its U.S. arrival.

You'll Like This Car If...

If your focus is on dollars and cents, the 2013 Versa sedan is among the least expensive new cars to buy and own. The Versa also offers high fuel economy, a surprising amount of passenger room, and a comfortable ride for a car that starts under $13,000.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you desire even a modicum of excitement in your economy car's looks or driving dynamics, consider a Honda Fit, Kia Rio, Ford Fiesta, or Chevrolet Sonic.

What's New for 2013

The base Versa S now offers a trunk light and can be had with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Top-trim SL models receive a trunk-release button on the key fob, sun-visor extensions and a driver's seat armrest. A rearview monitor is added to the tech package available in SL models.

Driving the Versa
Driving Impressions

Economy cars are usually not known for being smooth or quiet. But some are smoother and quieter than others, and the 2013 Nissan Versa is built to be just that....

... Though its road-going behavior could be described as bland at best, the Versa is an easy car to drive and maneuver. The Versa's steering is light, its turning radius is tight, and visibility is very good from the driver's seat. Like other cars with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), Versas equipped with one take getting used to. Since there are no shift points, you might find yourself waiting for an upshift or downshift that will never arrive. With only 109 horsepower, the 2013 Versa sedan's acceleration ability is just barely adequate for getting up to speed on freeways.

REAR LEGROOM
The Versa is neither fast nor flashy, but it's commendably roomy. This is a small car that can actually comfortably seat two adults in back.

FUEL ECONOMY
Sedan models with the CVT automatic transmission are now rated at 40 mpg for the highway, making this affordable car equally easy on the wallet when it comes to filling it up.

2013 Nissan Versa Details
Interior

Nissan boasts that the Versa has best-in-class rear legroom – more than some mid-size luxury sedans, in fact. The trunk, too, has a surprising amount of room. With 14.9 cubic feet of capacity, the Versa's hull is larger than that of Nissan's flagship sedan, the Maxima. Up front, the Versa's front seats are acceptable. Its dash is plain and drab, even on models outfitted with a 5-inch navigation screen. On the upside, its chunky buttons and knobs are easy to reach and decipher. We prefer the look of the Sandstone interior, which feels richer than the Charcoal option.

Exterior

Picture an economy car in your mind, and you're likely to visualize something akin to the 2013 Versa. This budget sedan has conservative looks, with few elements that stand out. Among those that do are its wide and shapely grille and the rear spoiler that helps spruce up the rear of models equipped with the CVT automatic transmission. Higher-trim SV and SL models are distinguished by a chrome-accented grille and chrome door handles. Fifteen-inch wheels are standard on all models, with top models wearing aluminum-alloy versions instead of the steel ones found on lower models.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Nissan Versa is one of the few new cars that in base forms still has roll-your-own windows and manual-adjust mirrors. If you want power windows, mirrors, and door locks – or just a passenger vanity mirror – you'll have to step up to the costlier SV or SL trims. No version of the 2013 Versa sedan has a telescoping steering wheel, which can make it harder for drivers to obtain an optimum position. In base trims, even a tachometer is absent, never mind features such as Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Cloth seating is your only option in a Versa sedan. Base vehicles do have air conditioning and a 2-speaker AM/FM/CD audio with auxiliary input. To get cruise control or just folding rear seats requires a higher trim.

Optional Equipment

Major options for the Versa are bundled into two packages, available in higher-trim SV and SL models. The Convenience Package in SV models adds Bluetooth, 60/40-split folding rear seats, steering-wheel-mounted audio and phone controls, and a passenger vanity mirror. The Technology Package on top-line SL models adds a 5-inch navigation system with traffic information, satellite radio, rearview monitor, and a USB input for audio playback. An auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink remote transceiver is available on any 2013 Versa sedan.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Nissan Versa sedan uses a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. With only 109 horsepower, it's not very powerful, but does achieve up to 40 mpg when connected to a CVT transmission. Other transmission choices are a 5-speed manual on base S models, or an optional 4-speed automatic available on that trim. All other Versa sedans use the fuel-saving CVT. All Versas are front-wheel drive. You may notice the Versa wears a "PURE DRIVE" badge. This does not denote some exotic powertrain, but rather marks Nissan's initiative to improve fuel economy and cut CO2 emissions.

1.6-liter inline-4
109 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
107 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/36 mpg (manual), 26/35 (4-speed automatic), 31/40 mpg (CVT automatic)

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2013 Nissan Versa Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.6
Out of 10

Based on 157 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    7.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    7.0/10
  • Comfort
    7.9/10
    Styling
    7.6/10

I love this vehicle

By on Monday, April 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 276

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "It handles like a dream and it's fun to drive"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought the Versa Note S Plus for 2 reasons... 1) it is an automatic and that's all I can drive & 2) for the simple fact, to me, its a basic design which is what I was looking for in a car. I'm 60 years old and I love this car because it doesn't have all the electrical and computer items on it like most cars. This car is not just great for the young but for the older people who don't like all kinds of electrical and computer technology on the cars. I had all the electronic and computer items on my other cars and I hated it because if one thing goes out...everything goes out. My hat goes off to Nissan for bringing back the classic car design...Thank You!!!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

"S" & "S Plus" Trim Confusion

By on Tuesday, April 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,790

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great mpg. beats more expensive cars."

Cons: "Hard to steer in wind."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Dealers insist my RED Versa is an 'S' but it has all the Options you'd get w/an 'S-Plus' plus an MP3 Decoder (a $580 Option). It has: CVT, Speed Control, Spoiler, 4-Speakers & MP3-Decoder. So, w/the MP3-Decoder, my RED Versa is actually between an 'S-Plus' & an 'SV' Trim. Now, how am I supposed to get the right trade-in value if they keep Low-Balling me w/that incorrect Lower 'S' Trim Value? For that reason, and until Nissan corrects this problem, I will not Buy from or Trade up w/Nissan again. P.S. Clue: If you're wondering why I've emphasized 'RED' it's because 'RED' exterior paint canNot be ordered/built on an 'S' Trim Versa, go try to, you cant, aye? lol"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

2015 Nissan Versa S Plus sedan

By on Thursday, March 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,589

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Price, MPG, Style for a compact car."

Cons: "Not as many upgrade options on a standard vehicle."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great little car. Has amazing gas mileage. Bought my car on December 9th 2015. Price was 12500 brand new with 6 miles. It got me to vegas and back with zero problems. It got 44.5 MPG the entire way. I filled up one time to get there and back from Phoenix. It does not have all the bells and whistles for a vehicle. However the wireless phone options is great. It has an AUX cord connection. The drive is smooth, and the CVT is a great gas saver. Space is absolutely amazing. I went from a 2010 Ford focus SE to my versa and the space is almost the same on the interior. I lost a few of my upgrades with my trade, but nothing I can't live with out for the price. Overall I would recommend this vehicle based on the price and what you get for 12500. The Fiesta might have more options in a standard model however it's 3500 more and it's noticeably smaller on the inside. The Rio has 5 years more on the warranty, but the rest is basically the same for 2500 more, and the Chevy Sonic is just a joke for 15000. The Versa is an amazing vehicle I highly recommend it for anyone. Also I'm just shy of 6' and I can say for a subcompact car I have more room then I would of ever thought!"

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Leaky mess

By on Thursday, March 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,600

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great interior room and comfort"

Cons: "no rear windshileld wiper, no keyless trunk enrty"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"This vehicle has been leaking every time it rains after I only had it for a year. while under warranty, it was "fixed", however now that there is no warranty, there is no way I can afford to replace everything that gets damaged each time."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Best Little Car out there, Great on Gas Very Roomy

By on Thursday, March 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, handles the snow and ice well, roomy"

Cons: "road noise, the blue tooth with the road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This Car get 35.8 mpg in the winter and 38.9 in the summer and that is with my driving that means it could be even better if I tried, Tons of room for the back seat, cup holders every where 5 with in drivers reach I love that there is road noise on the freeway which is the only draw back, its roomy and that is the reason we got it, If your on the fence I say go with a versa note..:-)"

3 people out of 13 found this review helpful

It's what I need.

By on Sunday, February 07, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great gas mileage & interior space will surprise."

Cons: "Interior is plain."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"No frills, for sure. But that's who I am. Love the gas mileage I'm getting. It also has plenty of pep for me. First car, or a reliable and inexpensive commute to work, Versa is an excellent choice. It's not a drive across country vehicle, although it could. It'll do fine on trips of just a few hours."

12 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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