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2013 Nissan Versa Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Nissan Versa was new.


Interior: 7.2

Reviewers agree that the 2013 Nissan Versa’s cabin will never be considered luxurious. Although some test drivers write that the Versa’s interior features price-appropriate materials, others say that the Versa’s interior design and hard plastic surfaces fall short of their expectations. However, if you want a spacious small car, critics also note that the Versa will surprise you with a roomier interior than its small size suggests.

  • “Interior materials on sedan models look especially cheap.” -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The Versa sedan's cabin quality is disappointing because its basic materials and controls are a step backward from the prior-generation car." -- Cars.com
  • "Aside from its funky nav system graphics and interface, the Versa's interior is hard to complain about." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The instrument panel’s plastic surfaces are relatively hard plastic and not terribly inviting, but remember, the base car starts at just under $11,000, so it’s not surprising that the interior looks a bit plain." -- Kansas City Star (2012)


The Versa seats five and reviewers are pleased to report that both rows of seats are comfortable and spacious. One test driver writes that the front seats are roomy enough for even the very tall, and most critics agree that the back seat is spacious and comfortable. Cloth upholstery and a manually-adjustable driver’s seat are standard, while SV and SL models get upgraded fabric.

  • "Large and comfortable seats belie Versa's small-car price. Even large adults have plenty of room, though tall occupants will want more seat travel." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The Versa is neither fast nor flashy, but it's commendably roomy. This is a small car that can actually comfortably seat two adults in back." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "At 6 feet, 6 inches tall, my half-Norwegian, half-Swedish co-pilot is no small gentleman. ... He fits inside the popular B-segment car and his neck isn't kinked at nearly 90 degrees. We're both quite comfortable in the new Nissan." -- Motor Trend (2012)
  • "The airy cabin lacks high-grade material, but there's zero doubt it's comfortable. The fact that even the base model gets a height-adjustable driver's seat is important." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Nissan Versa comes standard with a two-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Options and features available on higher trims include a backup camera, navigation, Bluetooth phone connectivity, keyless entry, push-button start, power windows and door locks, cruise control and an upgraded stereo with satellite radio, a USB port and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

While one reviewer says that most of the Versa’s switchgear is laid out in a user-friendly manner, he also notes that the stereo’s buttons are a little smaller than he would like. The Versa also gets dinged by other test drivers for weak radio reception and an optional navigation system that can be difficult to use.

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  • "The controls are logically placed and, for the most part, clearly marked. Especially nice are the large, handy climate knobs, but some of the audio buttons are on the small side, demanding a longer look from the road than we would prefer." -- Consumer Guide
  • "My only complaint is that the FM radio has pretty weak reception in comparison to pretty much every other car I've driven this year." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "Although it's a unique and quite attractive proposal to offer an in-dash navigation system in an ‘economy car,’ our limited experience with this one was less than ideal. ... In fact, during our time with the Versa we reverted to using our mobile phone because its map and interface were superior." -- Edmunds (2012)


The 2013 Versa has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is more than you’ll find in small sedans like the Mazda3 and Ford Focus. A split-folding rear seat is only available on SV and SL trims. Most reviewers are impressed with the Versa’s expansive trunk, with one noting that its cargo capacity even exceeds that of the Nissan Maxima. However, one test driver writes that the Versa’s exposed trunk hinges could crush cargo. 

  • “… the Versa sedans has one of the largest trunks in the segment. The aperture is wide enough to accommodate most large boxes, and liftover is very low.” -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The trunk, too, has a surprising amount of room. With 14.9 cubic feet of capacity, the Versa's hull is larger than that of Nissan's flagship sedan, the Maxima." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The trunk is quite large, and the top SL has split-folding rear seats that expand the cargo capacity even more." -- Kansas City Star (2012)
  • "The C-hinges in the trunk are unprotected and could squish packages or luggage." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (2012)

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