2012 Nissan Versa 1.6 S Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Nissan Versa - Road Test Specs

2012 Nissan Versa Sedan

(1.6L 4-cyl. CVT Automatic)


Model year2012
Style1.6 S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)
Base MSRP$13,020
Options on test vehicleCarpet Floor Mats ($170); Destination Charges ($780)
As-tested MSRP$13,970


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,598/98
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.8
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)109 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)107 @ 4,400
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeContinuously variable
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)Drive = 4.006 - 0.550; Reverse = 3.770; Final Drive = 3.882


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, integrated stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.8
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelContiProContact
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, frontP185/65R15 86H
Tire size, rearP185/65R15 86H
Wheel size15-by-5.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialSteel
Brakes, front10-inch ventilated steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear8-inch drums

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.7
0-45 mph (sec.)6.5
0-60 mph (sec.)10.3
0-75 mph (sec.)15.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.6 @ 78.3
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)10.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)131
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.76
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.5
@ Full throttle (dB)75.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.4

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThere was a slight advantage in acceleration in brake torquing the launch, but the car is still quite slow and the CVT makes it feel even slower. Since the car doesn't have a tachometer, it's hard to say how high the engine was revving, but it didn't seem tortured.
Braking commentsThe first stop was the shortest, then typical progressive increases in distance as the rear drums faded. The pedal remained firm and the stops remained straight. Plenty of body dive, but no wiggle.
Handling commentsSkid pad: With ESC disengaged, the car understeered persistently, with tires howling, and even abrupt throttle inputs didn't change the car's path, partly because the CVT was trying to sort out the appropriate engine rpm the whole time. Steering effort varied in a linear way, but the overall action is springy and the overall impresson of low-grade electric-assist steering is strong. With ESC engaged, the system reacted by breathing the throttle and dabbing the brakes. Slalom: An awkward response to initial steering inputs as the body flops over. Stability control keeps the car from getting out of shape from the large amount of body control combined with quick direction changes. Steering has very little communication about what is happening to the front tires. Only by sheer driver fortitude and a little recklessness did the car achieve 64 mph.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)66.5
Relative humidity (%)36
Wind (mph, direction)2, head

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)30 city/38 highway/33 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)30
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)10.8

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,415
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,422
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59.6/39.4
Length (in.)175.4
Width (in.)66.7
Height (in.)59.6
Wheelbase (in.)102.4
Track, front (in.)58.3
Track, rear (in.)58.5
Turning circle (ft.)34.8
Legroom, front (in.)41.8
Legroom, rear (in.)37.0
Headroom, front (in.)39.8
Headroom, rear (in.)36.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)51.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)51.9
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)14.8
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)14.8


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


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested
IIHS offsetGood

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