2021 Nissan Versa

MSRP range: $14,980 - $18,390
MSRP$16,435
Edmunds suggests you pay$15,152

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2021 Nissan Versa Review

  • Plenty of safety features available at a reasonable price
  • Sizable trunk
  • High fuel economy
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Not much interior storage for small items
  • The Versa returns largely unchanged for 2021
  • Part of the third Versa generation introduced for 2020

The 2021 Nissan Versa is a subcompact sedan that's one of the most affordable new cars on sale today. It's the least expensive and smallest model in Nissan's lineup, slotting just below the Sentra. Despite the Versa's diminutive dimensions, it offers a surprising amount of cargo space, making it more useful than it might seem. It is also available with plenty of safety features, and the cabin doesn't feel like it was built to a budget. After a full redesign for 2020, the Nissan Versa heads into 2021 relatively unchanged.

The Versa is one of the few remaining subcompact cars left on sale, with most automakers dropping small cars from their lineups to focus on crossover SUVs. The Hyundai Accent and mechanically similar Kia Rio are both recently redesigned and offer quiet, comfortable rides and spacious cabins. Their warranties are also much more generous than the Versa's. The Mitsubishi Mirage isn't exactly a stellar car, but it's available as both a sedan and hatchback, is equipped with an excellent warranty, and delivers decent fuel economy. If you're willing to spend a bit more, there are a ton of passenger-friendly small SUVs on the market, including the Mazda CX-30, Hyundai Kona, Kia Soul and Nissan's own Kicks.

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The Nissan Versa is a well-built small sedan, with plenty of space inside and enough standard technology and safety features to easily justify its price. High fuel economy is another bonus. The Versa's slow acceleration is a bummer, but overall the Versa is a smart pick for an affordable small sedan.
The Versa's four-cylinder engine takes its time getting you up to speed. There's little issue in typical driving around town or fitting in with traffic. But in cases where you need to pull away quick or have limited space to make a pass, the Versa leaves you wanting badly.

You'll be more satisfied with the Versa's handling. It stays composed when going around turns. The steering can feel a little too heavy at times, but it's accurate and allows you to point the Versa where you want to go with ease.
Nissan includes its Zero Gravity seats in the Versa. Those in the SV trim have comfortable cloth that is generally firm, but the seats run a little narrow under the shoulders. They offer great support on short- and medium-length drives, though the lack of sufficient lumbar support might require breaks over longer trips.

The car has a comfortable ride if the road surface is decent but gets bouncy over lesser-quality roads. Wind noise is prevalent inside the cabin, and if the car hits any bumps, you will hear it as much as you feel it. Another aspect holding the Versa back in this category is its climate control system. The controls don't allow enough fine adjustment to find exactly the right cabin comfort you're looking for.
The Versa scores high for its interior design. It's easy to get inside and adjust the seat to your preferred driving position. The cabin is relatively roomy too. Even at the highest driving position, which feels almost like you're in an SUV, there is plenty of headroom with space to stretch your legs. It's similarly spacious for passengers in both the front and back.

The touchscreen is responsive and provides a clear picture. The controls on the center stack and steering wheel are straightforward, and you can use the tuning button to scroll through screens, which is easier than poking the touchscreen while driving. It's pretty easy to see out of the Versa thanks to the short hood and large windows.
The Versa comes with a basic four-speaker audio system and it sounds like it. You'll need to turn up the volume all the way up to drown out exterior noise. Onboard navigation is not an option, but optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility allows you to get directions through your phone. Pleasingly, they work quickly to display your phone's apps on the screen.

The Versa's advanced driver safety aids are helpful without being intrusive. Forward collision warning activates with a simple string of beeps. Lane-keeping warnings are also gentle buzzes. The biggest weak points are a low-resolution rearview camera and an overly sensitive backup collision mitigation system. During our testing, this system mistakenly triggered when one of our drivers was backing into a street from a mildly inclined driveway. It slammed the car to a stop.
The Versa has a lot of trunk space for this class of car. Cargo capacity is 14.7 cubic feet, more than most competitors, and the trunk space has enough depth to accommodate larger items. The load floor is relatively low for a sedan, and the rear seats fold down, but not flat, if needed.

Small-item storage is not a strong suit. The center armrest is optional and can barely fit a smartphone. Child seat accommodation is better. There is good space for a rear-facing seat in the back. The lower car-seat anchor points are hidden between cushions, but they're easy to locate and attach to. The rear seats have integrated headrests, which means you have to wrap the strap around them to attach to the rear tether hooks.
The Versa equipped with the CVT automatic has EPA-estimated fuel economy of 35 mpg combined (32 city/40 highway). That's right up at the top of the class. Our test Versa soared above that with a 41.1 mpg average on our 115-mile test route that combines street, mountain roads and freeway driving.
The Versa offers basic affordability without feeling like you're punishing yourself. It feels tightly built, with higher-quality materials than typical for the class, and provides more pizzazz than your usual econo-sedan. There is interesting tech and enough safety equipment to easily justify the cost of entry, with room to add options and still stay under $20,000.

Nissan offers a pretty middle-of-the-road warranty with basic coverage for three years/36,000 miles and powertrain coverage for five years/60,000 miles. Hyundai, Kia and Mitsubishi all go up to 10 years/100,000 miles. Roadside assistance is offered for three years/36,000 miles. Most rivals offer better coverage, and some provide free maintenance for up to three years.
The Versa has no delusions of grandeur. There are no superfluous paddle shifters, fake vents or Sport mode. It's an economy car that offers space and safety technology at an attractive value. That said, the steering and handling are decent for the price, and even a few of us will admit we like the style and feel of the flat-bottom steering wheel. This is a slow car. There's no getting around it. But the Versa makes a good effort to avoid being soulless.

Which Versa does Edmunds recommend?

While the base S model comes with a decent list of features, we suggest stepping up to the midlevel SV trim. For not much more money, you get a somewhat upgraded interior, a blind-spot monitoring system, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

Nissan Versa models

The 2021 Nissan Versa is a subcompact sedan available in three trims: S, SV and SR. Every Versa is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque) that sends power to the front wheels. A five-speed manual is standard on the S, though a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional. The CVT is standard on SV and SR models.

S
The base S model isn't as basic as you might expect given its affordable price tag. Standard features include:

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Push-button ignition
  • Height-adjustable driver's seat
  • Fixed-back passenger seat (manual transmission only)
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat (CVT only)
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • Three USB ports

Standard safety features and driver aids include:

  • Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time)
  • Rear automatic braking (brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Automatic high beams

SV
The SV builds on top of Versa S content with:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Body-colored mirror caps and door handles
  • Upgraded cloth upholstery
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Satellite radio
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)

SR
The top-level SR adds even more features onto the Versa SV content. Those include:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Foglights
  • Dark chrome grille and black-painted mirror caps
  • Rear spoiler
  • Keyless entry
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Unique upholstery
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Remote engine start

The Versa SR is available with a single option.

  • Convenience package
    • Heated front seats
    • Automatic climate control
    • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the Versa and the car in front)
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There are no consumer reviews for the 2021 Nissan Versa.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$14,980
MPG & Fuel
27 City / 35 Hwy / 30 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 10.8 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 122 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque: 114 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 177.0 in. / Height: 57.3 in. / Width: 68.5 in.
Curb Weight: 2599 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 14.7 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Versa safety features:

Automatic Emergency Braking
Detects vehicles and pedestrians ahead and automatically applies the brakes if a collision is imminent and the driver doesn't react in time.
Rear Door Alert
Uses the horn, door sensors and driver display to remind the driver to check the rear seat for children after the vehicle is parked.
Lane Departure Warning
Monitors lane markings and alerts the driver if the Versa starts to drift out of its lane without a turn signal being used.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover11.8%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good


Nissan Versa vs. the competition

2021 Nissan Versa

2021 Nissan Versa

2021 Hyundai Accent

2021 Hyundai Accent

Nissan Versa vs. Hyundai Accent

The Accent is Hyundai's smallest sedan, slotting just below the Elantra. For such a small, affordable car, the Accent feels quiet and comfortable on the road. It's spacious, too, with more room for passengers — especially those in the rear — than you might expect. We did find the seats to be somewhat uncomfortable, and we wish you could get the available safety aids on more than just the top trim. Hyundai's excellent warranty is also worth considering.

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Nissan Versa vs. Mitsubishi Mirage

The Mitsubishi Mirage is far from our top pick in this segment. We like the Mirage's fuel economy and generous warranty, but the interior feels cheap (even for this class) and the buzzy engine lacks power. It's also unusually loud on the highway. Still, it's one of the most affordable new cars on sale today, and the available hatchback does offer decent cargo space.

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Nissan Versa vs. Nissan Sentra

The Nissan Sentra is the Versa's larger sibling. For a few thousand dollars more, the Sentra offers more cargo space, more features and a nicer interior. Unfortunately, the Sentra uses the same fine-but-dated infotainment system as the Versa, and although its engine is more powerful, it still feels sluggish.

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FAQ

Is the Nissan Versa a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Versa both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.1 out of 10. You probably care about Nissan Versa fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Versa gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg to 35 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Versa ranges from 14.7 to 15.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Nissan Versa. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Nissan Versa?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Nissan Versa:

  • The Versa returns largely unchanged for 2021
  • Part of the third Versa generation introduced for 2020
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Is the Nissan Versa reliable?

To determine whether the Nissan Versa is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Versa. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Versa's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Nissan Versa a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Nissan Versa is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Versa and gave it a 7.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Versa is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Nissan Versa?

The least-expensive 2021 Nissan Versa is the 2021 Nissan Versa S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $14,980.

Other versions include:

  • S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $14,980
  • S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $16,650
  • SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $17,790
  • SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $18,390
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What are the different models of Nissan Versa?

If you're interested in the Nissan Versa, the next question is, which Versa model is right for you? Versa variants include S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M), S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), and SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of Versa models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Nissan Versa

2021 Nissan Versa Overview

The 2021 Nissan Versa is offered in the following submodels: Versa Sedan. Available styles include S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M), S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), and SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT).

What do people think of the 2021 Nissan Versa?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Nissan Versa and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Versa.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Nissan Versa and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Versa featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Nissan Versa?

2021 Nissan Versa S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

The 2021 Nissan Versa S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $16,435. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Versa S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M) is trending $1,283 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,283 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $15,152.

The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Versa S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M) is 7.8% below the MSRP.

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2021 Nissan Versa SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Nissan Versa SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $19,310. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Versa SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,248 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,248 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $18,062.

The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Versa SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is 6.5% below the MSRP.

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2021 Nissan Versa SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Nissan Versa SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,495. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Versa SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,334 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,334 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $19,161.

The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Versa SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is 6.5% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 22 2021 Nissan Versa SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Nissan Versas are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Nissan Versa?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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