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7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.8
Performance: 6.3
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 7.6
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2015 Nissan Versa Review

Available as either a sedan or hatchback, the 2015 Nissan Versa is a little car that’s surprisingly roomy. However, it ranks in the bottom third of the subcompact car class because it comes up short on standard features, interior quality, and seating comfort.

Pros & Cons

  • Above-average passenger and cargo space
  • Good fuel efficiency for the class
  • Weak, noisy engine
  • Spartan base model
  • Seats uncomfortable for long trips
  • Low-quality interior materials

2015 Nissan Versa Overview

Is the 2015 Nissan Versa a Good Used Car?

With so many good subcompact cars on the market, you can do better than the 2015 Versa. While it has ample space and good fuel economy, its competitors provide more utility, nicer cabins, and more powerful engines with quicker acceleration.

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We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 69 professional evaluations for this 2015 Nissan Versa review to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2015 Nissan Versa?

Our site has 738 listings for the 2015 Versa, with an average price of about $10,000. Prices range from about $7,400 to roughly $13,000, and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Nissan Versa Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Nissan Versa are estimated to be about $21,477. That’s below average for a subcompact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Versa?

The 2019 Nissan Versa starts at $12,360. There are few differences between the 2019 and 2015 models. New models come standard with a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, a USB port, and a rearview camera. However, these features are also available in higher trims of the 2015 Versa, which costs less on average compared to the base 2019 Versa.

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Among new subcompact cars, none have a starting price that competes with the average price of a used 2015 Versa.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Versa Is Best?

The 2015 model is part of a generation that launched for 2012 and includes the 2019 Nissan Versa. For 2015, the Versa received standard Bluetooth as well as refreshed interior and exterior styling. A four-speaker audio system became standard for 2016, but it was available in prior models. You’re better off with a 2015 Versa, which costs less and offers many of the same features as newer models.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Nissan Versa?

The 2015 Nissan Versa has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Nissan Versa Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Nissan Versa has two recalls. A lower trim panel may impede operation of the brake pedal. The hatchback has doors that may not fully latch. Make sure these recalls are addressed before buying a used Versa.

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Which Used Nissan Versa Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Nissan Versa sedan comes in four trim levels: S, S Plus, SV, and SL. The Versa Note hatchback has a fifth trim, the SR, which sits between the SV and the top-level SL.

The S trim has basic standard features like an auxiliary audio input jack, Bluetooth, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The S Plus adds cruise control and the fuel-efficient continuously variable automatic transmission, and the SV adds power windows and door locks as well as a USB port. The SV trim is the best choice for most shoppers. It has a solid features list at a low price.

From there, the Versa’s trims split into two directions. Building on the SV, the SL features keyless entry with push-button start, a hands-free text messaging assistant, and an audio system with a 5-inch display and satellite radio. Also building on the SV, the hatchback’s SR trim has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rear spoiler, and sport-themed exterior refinements.

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Certified Pre-Owned Nissan Versa Warranty

For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

Based on our analysis, Nissan's certified pre-owned program doesn't offer as much value as those offered by rivals like Honda and Toyota.

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How Safe Is the Versa?

Both 2015 Versa body styles earn an overall rating of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with three stars in the frontal crash test and four stars in the rollover test. The sedan received four stars in the side crash test, while the hatchback scored five stars.

The Versa sedan received the top score of Good in four crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS gave the Versa sedan the lowest rating of Poor for the driver-side small overlap front crash test. The Versa hatchback was not tested.

Like many other economy cars, the Versa doesn’t have standard driver assistance features. A rearview camera is available in the sedan, while the hatchback has an available 360-degree parking camera.

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2015 Nissan Versa Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Versa or 2015 Toyota Yaris?

The 2015 Toyota Yaris has a stellar reliability rating, a quality interior, and similar cargo and seating dimensions to the Versa. However, the Yaris’ unrefined transmissions fail to make the most of the engine’s decent power. Like the Versa, the Yaris isn’t particularly fun to drive, even with its available sport suspension. If a smooth ride is your priority, you’ll appreciate the Nissan’s calmer suspension. However, the Yaris has a longer list of standard features. Unlike the Versa, it comes standard with a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a six-speaker audio system, HD Radio, a USB port, and voice recognition.

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Versa or 2015 Honda Fit?

The 2015 Honda Fit is one of the best values in the subcompact car class. Its unique seating configurations make its interior more flexible than the Versa’s, allowing it to carry cargo of all shapes and sizes. The Fit boasts superior fuel economy compared to the Versa, and it has 14.4 more cubic feet of cargo space than the Versa Note. The Honda also has upscale cabin materials for the class, as well as stellar safety and reliability ratings. The Fit comes standard with features the Versa doesn’t, like an infotainment system, a rearview camera, and cruise control. The Fit also has agile handling, a comfortable ride, and quicker acceleration than most subcompacts.

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Versa or 2015 Nissan Sentra?

Like its smaller stablemate, the 2015 Nissan Sentra has excellent fuel economy and good cargo space. However, both Nissans also have meager engine power and seats that lack support for long drives. The Sentra’s ride gets jittery over broken pavement, and body roll is evident through turns. However, the Sentra outshines the Versa with upscale materials and roomier seats. Even though the Sentra is a compact car, it has about the same amount of cargo space as the subcompact Versa sedan, but the Versa Note has the most cargo space of the three. The Sentra is the better choice for its comfier, nicer interior.

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2015 Versa Performance

How Does the 2015 Nissan Versa Drive?

The 2015 Nissan Versa is powered by a 109-horsepower four-cylinder engine. The base sedan and hatchback come with a five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic transmission is available in the base Versa sedan, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard in the higher trims of the sedan and Versa Note.

The Versa delivers acceptable power, but it feels sluggish from a stop and labors while climbing steep hills. When equipped with the available CVT, it can be quite loud.

Does the 2015 Nissan Versa Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 Versa delivers excellent fuel economy with the CVT, at 31 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Models with the five-speed manual transmission are rated at 27/36 mpg city/highway, while the Versa with the four-speed automatic gets 26/35 mpg.

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2015 Versa Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Versa Seat?

The 2015 Nissan Versa seats five and comes with a four-way manually adjustable driver’s seat. Upgraded cloth upholstery is available. The Versa has spacious front seats, and there’s ample head- and legroom in the back, which is a rare praise for a subcompact car. However, it’s hard for drivers to find a comfortable seating position because the seat doesn’t adjust up or down, and the front seats become uncomfortable on longer trips.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Nissan Versa?

There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, and the middle seat has a tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Versa sedan’s system the second-highest rating of Acceptable. The IIHS found that the lower anchors are too deep in the seat. The Versa Note’s LATCH system was not evaluated for ease of use.

2015 Nissan Versa Features

The Versa comes standard with Bluetooth, an auxiliary audio input, and two front speakers. Available features include power door locks and windows, cruise control, and the NissanConnect infotainment system with a 5- or 5.8-inch screen, hands-free text messaging, navigation, and rear speakers.

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2015 Nissan Versa Dimensions

Nissan Versa Cargo Space

The 2015 Nissan Versa sedan has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is excellent for a subcompact car. The Versa Note hatchback has 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 38.3 cubic feet with them folded. These figures are about average for the class.

2015 Versa Length and Weight

The 2015 Versa sedan is 14.6 feet long, while the Versa Note is 1 foot shorter. The sedan’s curb weight ranges from 2,363 to 2,498 pounds, and the Note’s curb weight ranges from 2,414 to 2,523 pounds.

The Versa sedan’s gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 3,338 to 3,389 pounds, while the Note’s is 3,470 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Nissan Versa Built?

Nissan manufactured the 2015 Versa in Mexico.

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