2009 Nissan Versa Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Nissan Versa - Road Test Specs

2009 Nissan Versa Sedan

(1.6L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)


Model year2009
Style1.6 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
Base MSRP$11,710
Options on test vehicleABS Package ($250 -- includes antilock braking system and electronic brakeforce distribution with brake assist); Five-Piece Floor/Trunk Mat Set ($155)
As-tested MSRP$12,090


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,598cc (98 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.8
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)107 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)111 @ 4,600
Transmission typeFive-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 3.727; II: 2.048; III: 1.393; IV: 1.029; V: .0891; Final Drive: 4.072


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearTorsion beam
Steering typeElectric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)18.3
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelB381
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP185/65R14 H
Tire size, rearP185/65R14 H
Wheel size14-by-5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialSteel
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDrum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.8
0-60 mph (sec.)9.4
0-75 mph (sec.)14.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.9 @ 80.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)34.07
60-0 mph (ft.)132
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.78
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.1
@ Full throttle (dB)77.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)70.2

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsEngine gets louder but stops making any meaningful power long before its 6,500 rpm redline. Shifter is more direct/positive than the Accent's.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsBraking performance, while not impressive, is better than that of any non-ABS car -- like the Accent.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSkid pad: Swimmy steering isn't easy to predict and there's little a driver can do with throttle (except slow down) to make the Versa turn. Slalom: Turn-in and responses feel initially better than the Accent's, but height and general lack of control feel ultimately punish the Versa's ability to change direction rapidly.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)77.31
Wind (mph, direction)2.06

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)26 city/34 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)24.2
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,534
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,522
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59.3/40.7
Length (in.)176.0
Width (in.)66.7
Height (in.)60.4
Wheelbase (in.)102.4
Track, front (in.)58.3
Track, rear (in.)58.5
Turning circle (ft.)34.2
Legroom, front (in.)41.4
Legroom, rear (in.)38.0
Headroom, front (in.)40.6
Headroom, rear (in.)37.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.)50.7
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)13.8
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)13.8


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakesOptional
Electronic brake enhancementsOptional
Traction controlNot available
Stability controlNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver4 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear4 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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