2018 Nissan Versa Sedan

2018 Nissan Versa
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2018 Nissan Versa
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What’s new

  • SL trim has been discontinued
  • Base trim has a manual transmission only
  • Part of the second Versa generation introduced for 2012

Pros

  • Giant back seat for such a small car
  • Rides comfortably over bumps
  • Roomy trunk
  • Low base price

Cons

  • Driving experience, style and personality are all bland
  • Noisy and slow acceleration
  • No telescoping steering wheel
  • Low-rent cabin materials


Which Versa does Edmunds recommend?

We think it would be hard to live without the extras provided by the SV trim level as well as the SV's Special Edition package content (especially the USB port, rearview camera and height-adjustable driver seat). Basically, buy as much Versa as you can afford.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

The 2018 Nissan Versa offers a huge back seat and trunk, a comfy ride and good fuel economy. It's also one of the least expensive cars around, at least in base form. If you're a driver for Lyft or Uber, a Versa could very well be an ideal car. But if you're car shopping isn't based on such obvious commercial reasons, the Versa stops making as much sense.

The Versa's base trim level provides so little equipment we think most car shoppers are going to want the SV trim level and its Special Edition package. That raises the price to a point more typical of the subcompact class. And when the Versa is compared to similarly priced rivals, its appeal dims considerably.

That's because Versa is innocuously styled, boring to drive, and has a low-rent cabin that will never let you forget how little you paid. Competitors are more stylish, better-equipped and enjoyable to drive. So while there is certainly something to be said for getting a big-car interior for not much money, we think shopping around a bit is a good idea before settling on this über Uber car.

2018 Nissan Versa configurations

The 2018 Nissan Versa is a subcompact sedan available in S, S Plus and SV trim levels. There is also a Versa Note hatchback, but there are a number of significant differences and we review it separately. Every Versa sedan comes standard with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (109 horsepower, 107 pound-feet of torque). The base S trim comes only with a five-speed manual transmission, and the S Plus and SV come only with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Standard equipment on the base S includes 15-inch steel wheels, power mirrors, manual locks and crank windows, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

The S Plus adds an automatic transmission, cruise control and a rear spoiler.

The SV trim adds upgraded cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a driver-seat armrest, a 60/40-split folding back seat, power locks and windows, keyless entry, a USB port, and a media player interface for the sound system. The SV's Special Edition package adds 15-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth audio streaming, satellite radio and a 5-inch touchscreen interface.

Partway through the model year (designated 2018.5 by Nissan), all Versas received a rearview camera and an updated infotainment system as standard equipment. The new 7-inch touchscreen features Bluetooth phone and audio support, a USB port, and voice commands via Apple's Siri Eyes Free program for iPhone users.

Driving

The Versa is a bland car to drive. It's slow to accelerate and feels soft and disconnected when you're driving around turns. It also gets noisy because of the droning engine caused by the continuously variable transmission. There isn't much good to say.

Comfort

The Versa has a soft, springy ride that soaks up bumps quite well. Seat comfort is hampered by a lack of adjustability. And interior noise is excessive when accelerating aggressively due to the underpowered engine and the CVT.

Interior

The Versa has a big back seat and it's easy to see out of, but that's about all that's good. The driving position suffers from lack of standard height adjustability and steering-wheel telescoping. Visibility is expansive. The quality of interior materials is subpar.

Utility

Its 14.9-cubic-foot trunk challenges those of midsize sedans for space. It's enormous for a subcompact sedan. A folding rear seatback is found only in the SV. Small-item storage is poor apart from a big glovebox.

Technology

Tech is pretty much restricted to a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth streaming audio and a touchscreen. No accident avoidance tech is available.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Nissan Versa.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

New 2018 Versa for 10499 with 5 speed stick & a/c
chris,03/09/2018
I enjoy a fancy car that truly impresses or a basic car that doesn't pretend to be fancy. The Versa is basic and looks good with plenty of real room inside. You never feel cramped in the Versa sedan nor do you have a lack of trunk room. You also don't get the erie feeling that a rear end collision will crush your back seat occupants. This car is almost as big as some compact and mid sizers namely the Mazda 6 from early 2000s. The car handles the road well and the stick is the way to go. I hear the cvt is an issue. Id actually would have liked the 4 speed auto that they offered a few years ago, but its gone. So I shift and save and save I did. I drove to Ohio from Buffalo to save 1400 on the car and paid 10499 on a 13200 msrp model. I was very happy with that price. No qualifications to get it/ 1500 rebate and the rest was discount. The last time I paid around 10k for a new car was back in 2011 on a chevy aveo for 7000 new at Christmastime. But that was with gm card roundups. This Versa is way better than an Aveo and I hope to get 200k miles out of it. I actually have seen some 200k mile Aveos around! The Interior issues on older Versas have been solved with better seat materials and a tach along with Bluetooth. So this inside is Very good and comfortable. I had a Mirage and I liked it but I like the Versa better.
Utilitarian
Hugemoth,05/21/2018
A good basic roomy car for a low price. Most reviewers don't like the hard plastic interior but it is rugged and easy to keep clean. Gas mileage is well above the 27/36 advertised. My ONLY complaint is the electric power steering on the highway, too much effort is required to make the fine corrections necessary to maintain lane position. In all other conditions the steering is fine.
You gotta' love it...
Leo,10/03/2018
I drove my new 2015 for three years. No problems, no recalls; just fantastically cheap, reliable, comfortable transportation. I gave it to my "new driver" granddaughter and bought a new 2018 for myself. She doesn't need a TV screen, custom sound system, or three hundred horsepower to distract her. I sleep better at night.
Not worth buying
Angie,08/31/2018
Highway driving-bad all over the road hard to keep in line with roads, pass any other vehicle feel like you r getting sucked into their vehicle. Car pulls u all over the road...braking the vehicle sounds like it wants to die out. No pick up at all if u have your blower on from ac or heat will not acclerate at all. Worst new car experience I have purchase in my entire life...
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$14,250
MPG
31 city / 39 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
109 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$15,840
MPG
31 city / 39 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
109 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$12,110
MPG
27 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
109 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$15,940
MPG
31 city / 39 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
109 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Versa safety features:

Rearview camera
Shows you what is happening behind your car through a display in the center console (SV Special Edition only).
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
Uses various means to make sure the car stays under control and on the road when a spin or slide occurs.
Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS)
Features front airbags, front side airbags in the front seats, and side curtain airbags that cover all side windows.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat4 / 5
    Back Seat4 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover14.3%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

Nissan Versa vs. the competition

2018 Nissan Versa

2018 Nissan Versa

2018 Kia Rio

2018 Kia Rio

Nissan Versa vs. Kia Rio

While the Rio's standard equipment is nearly as bare-bones as the Versa's, the Rio at least offers sporty handling and solid build quality. The Versa isn't enjoyable to drive, so the Rio wins on that count alone. That said, the Rio's cargo space is subpar, and its interior isn't quite as roomy as the Versa's.

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Nissan Versa vs. Hyundai Accent

The Accent costs more than the Versa, but in return you get the Accent's more refined and spacious interior. There's also more power under the Accent's hood, and don't overlook Hyundai's superior warranty coverage. Curiously, the Versa offers standard Bluetooth — the Accent doesn't — and a larger trunk.

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Nissan Versa vs. Toyota Yaris iA

The Yaris iA is the only car in this group that offers better rated fuel economy than the Versa, and it's enough to put the Toyota at an advantage. You also get some standard features that are missing on the Versa, such as keyless ignition and a folding rear seat. The Versa still offers larger interior space, although the Yaris iA tends to have a better quality of interior materials.

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2018 Nissan Versa Sedan for Sale

Nissan Versa 2018 1.6 S Plus w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)
New 2018
Nissan Versa
1.6 S Plus w/Prod. End 04/18
(3)
Leckner Nissan of Springfield
24.1 mi away
MSRP$15,520
Est.Loan: $263/mo
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Dealer Notes
Cayenne Red 2018 Nissan Versa 1.6 S Plus FWD CVT 1.6L 4-Cylinder Versa 1.6 S Plus, 4D Sedan, 1.6L 4-Cylinder, CVT, FWD, Cayenne Red, Charcoal Cloth.3139 CityHighway MPG Price includes: $500 - Nissan Non Special APR Bonus Cash - Versa Sedan MAR. Exp. 12032018, $1,000 - Nissan Non-Special APR Bonus Cash - 2018 Versa Sedan. Exp. 12032018, $500 - Nissan Holiday Bonus Cash - MAR. Exp. 12032018
Nissan Versa 2018 1.6 S Plus w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)
New 2018
Nissan Versa
1.6 S Plus w/Prod. End 04/18
(3)
Herb Gordon Nissan
29 mi away
MSRP$16,650
Est.Loan: $282/mo
Good Deal!Good Deal!
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Dealer Notes
15 Steel Wheels w/Full Wheel Covers, 4 Speakers, ABS brakes, Adjustable Front Bucket Seats, Air Conditioning, AM/FM radio, Brake assist, Bumpers: body-color, Carpeted Floor & Trunk Mats (5-Piece), CD player, Chrome Trunk Accent, Cloth Seat Trim, Driver door bin, Driver vanity mirror, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Frameless Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Universal Remote, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front reading lights, Front wheel independent suspension, Illuminated Kick Plates, Low tire pressure warning, Occupant sensing airbag, Overhead airbag, Passenger door bin, Passenger vanity mirror, Power door mirrors, Power steering, Radio data system, Rear anti-roll bar, Rear window defroster, Speed control, Speed-sensing steering, Splash Guards, Spoiler, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Tachometer, Tilt steering wheel, Traction control, Trip computer, Variably intermittent wipers, and Wheels: 15 Black Alloy. *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, freight (all new 2018 Nissan models) and any dealer-installed options (if applicable). 2018 freight charges: ($885 NV200 Taxi; $895 Altima, Maxima, Sentra, Versa Note, Versa Sedan, LEAF, 370Z Coupe, 370Z Roadster; $995 Frontier, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Kicks, NV200; $1,395 Armada, Titan, NV, NVP; $1,695 GT-R). And a $299 dealer processing fee (not required by law). Pricing and incentives may vary if vehicle is leased. Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer. Every Internet Price includes current applicable manufacturer rebates and incentives, but certain conditions apply to some of these offers. Additional offers and conditions on this vehicle are: $500 - Nissan Non Special APR Bonus Cash - Versa Sedan MAR. Exp. 12/03/2018, $1,000 - Nissan Non-Special APR Bonus Cash - 2018 Versa Sedan. Exp. 12/03/2018, $500 - Nissan Holiday Bonus Cash - MAR. Exp. 12/03/2018
Nissan Versa 2018 1.6 SV w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)
New 2018
Nissan Versa
1.6 SV w/Prod. End 04/18
(15)
Cowles Nissan
30.1 mi away
MSRP$16,990
Est.Loan: $287/mo
Great Deal!Great Deal!
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Dealer Notes
Gasoline! Wow! Where do I start?! Ask about our Special Rates this month!This good-looking 2018 Nissan Versa is the gas-saving ride you've been aching for. This Versa will save you cash at the pumps with its fuel efficient 1.6L engine. It is nicely equipped with features such as 15 Steel Wheels wFull Wheel Covers, 4 Speakers, ABS brakes, Adjustable Front Bucket Seats, Air Conditioning, AMFM radio, AMFMCD Radio, Brake assist, Bumpers: body-color, Carpeted Floor & Trunk Mats (5-Piece), CD player, Driver door bin, Driver vanity mirror, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front reading lights, Front wheel independent suspension, Illuminated entry, Low tire pressure warning, MP3 decoder, Occupant sensing airbag, Outside temperature display, Overhead airbag, Panic alarm, Passenger door bin, Passenger vanity mirror, Power door mirrors, Power steering, Power windows, Radio data system, Rear anti-roll bar, Rear window defroster, Remote keyless entry, Speed control, Speed-sensing steering, Splash Guards, Split folding rear seat, Spoiler, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Tachometer, Tilt steering wheel, Traction control, Trip computer, Upgraded Cloth Seat Trim, and Variably intermittent wipers.Cowles Nissan of Woodbridge has been family owned and operated for over 37 years!

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2018 Nissan Versa Sedan Overview

The 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan is offered in the following styles: 1.6 S Plus w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), 1.6 SV w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), 1.6 S w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M), 1.6 SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), 1.6 S Plus 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), and 1.6 S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M).

What do people think of the 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Versa Sedan 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. 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 2018 Versa Sedan.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Versa Sedan featuring deep dives into trim levels including 1.6 S Plus w/Prod. End 04/18, 1.6 SV w/Prod. End 04/18, 1.6 S w/Prod. End 04/18, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan here.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan?
2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $17,220. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $3,873 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is22.5% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 SV w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 SV w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $17,110. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 SV w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $3,886 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,886 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$13,224.

The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 SV w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is22.7% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 S Plus w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 S Plus w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $15,520. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 S Plus w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $4,001 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,001 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$11,519.

The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 S Plus w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is25.8% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 S w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

The 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 S w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $13,380. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 S w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M) is trending $2,395 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,395 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$10,985.

The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 S w/Prod. End 04/18 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M) is17.9% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 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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