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7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.8
Safety: 8.7
Reliability:
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2009 Nissan Versa Review

The 2009 Nissan Versa has decent power, good safety scores and a very roomy interior, but competitors have more standard features.

Pros & Cons

  • Seats five comfortably
  • Lots of cargo room for a subcompact
  • Above-average safety scores
  • Short list of standard interior features
  • Dull performance

2009 Nissan Versa Overview

When it was new, reviewers said the 2009 Nissan Versa had loads of interior space and good build quality, especially for a car that had such a low base price. Most also agreed that both the front and back seats are comfortable, with plenty of room for adults. The Versa sedan has a lot of cargo space and the hatchback model has even more. While the Versa’s cabin is comfortable, base models lack air conditioning and a stereo. These features were optional when it was new, as well as keyless entry, Bluetooth, satellite radio and upgraded stereo speakers.

The Versa offers 1.6- and 1.8-liter four-cylinder engines. While both offer good power considering the Versa’s size and original price, reviewers said the Versa’s performance overall is just adequate. The Versa’s crash test scores are above-average, but its list of safety features is short. You can’t get anti-lock brakes or electronic stability control on any model. 

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Toyota Yaris is another urban runabout that comes in sedan and hatchback body styles. It doesn’t offer as much passenger space as the Versa, but the Yaris has more standard features, like air conditioning and anti-lock brakes. 

The 2009 Ford Focus not only has better performance than the Versa, but it also comes with more standard safety features and better available interior tech features, like the Ford Sync voice-activated infotainment system. However, it has less interior space than the Versa, and reviewers said its back seat is cramped.

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