New 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan
Nissan Versa Sedan
With a base price below $13,000, the 2018 Nissan Versa is an affordable, comfortable and economical subcompact sedan with popular features.
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With a base price below $13,000, the 2018 Nissan Versa is an affordable, comfortable and economical subcompact sedan with a roomy interior, large trunk and popular features. It’s also the least expensive new car available in the United States, undercutting its competition that includes the Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris iA, Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta and Mitsubishi Mirage. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on the Versa S, but move up to the Versa S Plus and you get an automatic transmission, Bluetooth, a rear spoiler and cruise control for an additional $2,200. Buyers can also step up to the Versa SV, which is the top of the range. All models are powered by a 109-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is light, even for this class, while the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit both offer better driving dynamics.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you’re looking for the lowest possible price you’ll like the 2018 Nissan Versa. It’s not only the least expensive new car for sale in the United States, but it’s extremely fuel efficient and its roomy interior can seat five passengers. Its 14.9-cubic-foot trunk space is also large for its class.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The Versa is available only as a sedan. If you’re looking for a small, affordable and fuel-efficient hatchback, check out the 2018 Nissan Versa Note, which is reviewed separately. Some may find the Versa sedan’s very low starting price attractive, but know that the base model comes with a manual transmission, manual crank windows and manual door locks.
What's New for 2018
For 2018 the new Nissan Versa Sedan gets a few small upgrades. Nissan has added standard adjustable front headrests, map lights and variable intermittent windshield wipers to all trim levels. There’s also a new exterior color, Deep Blue Pearl. A mid-2018 upgrade added a 7-inch touch screen audio system and a rearview monitor.
Looking at its base price, it’s easy to expect the 2018 Nissan Versa to be as rough-riding as a stage coach and just as noisy. Slow too, and with a driver’s seat that feels like a milk crate. Wrong. Our Versa SV test vehicle was a pleasant surprise from behind its leather-wrapped steering wheel. It’s comfortable, quiet for its class, and it feels substantial going down the road. No, it’s not going to pamper you like a new Mercedes or thrill you like a supercar, but the Versa is agile and its little 4-cylinder engine has just enough power to move the little sedan with zip. There’s good steering feel, plus a tight turn radius that makes parking this small sedan a snap, excellent visibility, comfortable and supportive seats, and good head- and legroom. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is extremely smooth and increases fuel economy compared to the 5-speed manual.
GENEROUS REAR-SEAT LEGROOM
With its expansive 102.4-inch wheelbase, which is long for the subcompact class, the 2018 Nissan Versa offers an impressive amount of rear-seat legroom. It measures 37 inches, which is more than you get in most of its competitors including the Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio.
HIGH FUEL ECONOMY
The 2018 Nissan Versa may not be as powerful or fun-to-drive as some of its rivals, but its fuel economy is impressive. Models with the Xtronic CVT are rated 31 mpg in the city and 39 mpg out on the highway. Those numbers make it more fuel efficient than the Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio and Chevy Sonic.
The interior of the 2018 Nissan Versa is comfortable, ergonomically sensible and nicely assembled. It’s also one of the most spacious in its class. Rear passengers get 37 inches of legroom, three inches more than in the Chevy Sonic. Headroom is also generous. Even the trunk is big with its 14.9 cubic feet, which expands when you fold the rear seatbacks on the SV trim. The design isn't fancy, and the controls and materials are all basic. The three knobs that control the air conditioning and heat are well-sized, and the infotainment system is easy to use. The tilt steering wheel and height-adjustable seat made getting comfortable easy.
From some angles it’s easy to confuse the 2018 Nissan Versa with the larger and more expensive Nissan Sentra and Altima sedans. The Versa, with its long 102.4-inch wheelbase and 175.4-inch overall length, is big for the subcompact class, and it looks aspirational with its chrome grille surround, our test car’s chrome door handles and its body-color outside mirrors. The Versa's tall doors make entry and exit easier, and the long rear doors simplify installing a child safety seat. You get nicer-looking alloy wheels and fog lights with the optional SV Special Edition Package, which is available only on the top SV trim level.
Notable Standard Equipment
The basic 2018 Nissan Versa is pretty basic, but it does come with air conditioning, power mirrors, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/aux audio system, tilt steering wheel, trip computer, Bluetooth for your phone, front disc/rear drum brakes, 15-inch steel wheels with covers, vanity mirrors and a rear defroster. It also comes with a 5-speed manual transmission and hand-cranked manual windows. If you want such features as power windows, power door locks, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver's seat, or even a remote trunk release, you'll have to step up to a higher trim level, such as the S Plus or SV trims.
Notable Optional Equipment
Climbing the model ladder is the best way to get more stuff on the 2018 Versa. The mid-level S Plus gets a rear spoiler, cruise control, power windows, and the CVT automatic. Top-of-the-line SV models gain upgraded seat fabric, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, 6-way manual driver’s seat, power door locks, and keyless entry with push-button start. All Versa models above basic S get the CVT automatic transmission. The SV Special Edition is the only option package this year, and for just $500 it adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights, front fascia chrome, and a Piano Black console lid. Also available is a set of black alloy wheels for $495.
Under the Hood
The only engine available in the front-wheel-drive 2018 Nissan Versa sedan is a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with 109 horsepower. That's not a lot of power, but the Versa's not a lot of car, either. Besides, with the CVT automatic transmission it gets an impressive 39 mpg on the highway according to the EPA. If you get the basic Versa S you get a standard 5-speed manual transmission but we suggest skipping it and moving up to the S Plus model with the automatic if you can.
109 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
107 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/36 mpg (5-speed manual), 31/39 mpg (CVT automatic)
The 2018 Nissan Versa S has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $12,875 including the $885 destination charge, making it the least expensive new car available in the U.S. But the price climbs quickly; move up to the Versa S Plus to get the Xtronic automatic transmission and the price jumps to about $15,000. However, even if you get the top-line Versa SV, you'll still pay less than $17,000, which is pretty good for a fully loaded new car. By comparison, the Kia Rio has a more powerful engine and a longer warranty, and starts around $15,000; same with the Chevy Sonic, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris and Ford Fiesta. Whatever you decide, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying for their Versa. Strong resale value is another characteristic of the Versa, where it's a best-in-class leader.
Nissan Versa Consumer Reviews
December 02, 2018
My Versa Sedan is awesome! I've had it for 3 years now and it's been great. Looks good, drives good and gets awesome gas mileage! Very...
November 06, 2018
I love my nissan versa, it's the perfect car for someone who wants a comfortable, affordable car that doesn't cost too much to maintain
November 06, 2018
its a great car, just right for me.
the car run smoothly and great gas, the lights are real bright. good windshield wiper. my aux and radio station is not that great. just...
January 10, 2018
Great car for the money
For a small car this is surprisingly roomy and comfortable. I have driven across county in this car and it is a little noisy on the...
July 17, 2017
Great car. But, Ill never buy another one. Lost 4K in value from MSRP in the 1st year with less than 5K miles. 2nd year lost almost...
May 22, 2017
Dependable, comfortable, fun to drive
The car is basic but well made, Roomy inside, good engine and transmission, easy to handle, economical on regular gas. Has terrific...
April 08, 2017
Excellent for amount paid.
I bought this base model with 3 miles on it in 2014 and it is an excellent low budget get me here and there car. I drive it daily to...
February 20, 2017
this is a great everyday car
This car is great for the value for the cost and gas mpg. The car is nothing car to show to friends but get you to work and home.Does...
January 27, 2017
It is what it is...
Gave our Civic to daughter and purchased the 2016 Versa as a replacement and to tow behind an RV. Fun car to drive, except at highway...
January 13, 2017
does exactly what it’s intended to do
I purchased a 2015 Versa S sedan in Aug of 2014 because my previous car died and I needed an affordable car that day. The car was a...