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Rankings & Research

The 2018 Nissan Versa ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Nissan Versa has a score of 7.0 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 80 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

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Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 7.0
Critics' Rating: 6.7
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.1
Reliability:
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2018 Nissan Versa Review

The 2018 Nissan Versa ranks near the bottom of the subcompact car class. Not only does it have a below-average predicted reliability rating, it also has a dull engine, cheap cabin materials, and a shorter list of standard and available features than most rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Large trunk in sedan models
  • Ample legroom in both rows
  • Highly maneuverable
  • Cheap cabin materials
  • Slow acceleration
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

Is the 2018 Nissan Versa a Good Used Car?

The 2018 Nissan Versa is not a very good subcompact car. Nissan designed it to be as inexpensive as possible, so while it’s budget-friendly, it’s also light on features and power and is skimpy on cabin quality. However, it should be noted that Nissan launched a mid-generation refresh for the Versa in 2018. Designated 2018.5, these models have more standard features, including a 7-inch touch screen and a rearview camera.

The 2018 Versa has a few positive qualities:

  • Large trunk in sedan body type
  • Tight turning radius and easy maneuverability
  • Spacious second-row seats

It also has several shortcomings:

  • Lots of low-rent plastics in the cabin
  • Uninspiring engine
  • Fewer tech and safety features than rivals offer
  • Subpar predicted reliability rating
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How Much Is the 2018 Nissan Versa?

Based on listings for the 2018 Nissan Versa on our site, the average list price is $12,200, which is well below average for the class. Prices range from $10,000 to $15,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Nissan Versa Cost to Own?

The 2018 Versa’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $21,200, or $4,240 per year. That’s a hair below average among subcompact cars.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Versa?

Nissan introduced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto availability for the 2019 Versa. If those are important to you, stick with a new Nissan Versa. Otherwise, you can likely spend less money and get a virtually identical vehicle by purchasing a used model.

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Nissan redesigned the four-door Versa sedan for the 2012 model year. The Versa Note hatchback debuted for 2014, and the sedan underwent a refresh for 2015, gaining new interior and exterior styling. The Versa Note received a similar refresh for the 2017 model year. Most of these were minor styling tweaks though, so if you buy an older model you'll likely save money on a mostly similar vehicle. Nissan made no major changes to the 2018 Versa outside of dropping the four-speed automatic for the continuously variable automatic transmission.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Versa?

The 2018 Versa has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Nissan Versa Recalls

At the time of writing, one recall has been issued for the 2018 Nissan Versa and two safety recalls have been issued for the Nissan Versa Note:

  • Ignition switch may turn off in some 2018 Versas, causing the vehicle to stall
  • In some 2018 Versa Notes, the inflator component may detach and ricochet in the cabin

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Nissan Versa Trim Is Right for Me?

Nissan offers the Versa in two body types, sedan and hatchback (Note). Both come in three main trim levels: S, S Plus, and SV for the sedan and S, SV, and SR for the Versa Note hatchback. The sedan also has an SV special edition model.

Partway through 2018, Nissan tweaked the equipment lists of both the Versa and Versa Note. These 2018.5 models have more standard features, including a rearview camera, a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Siri Eyes Free.

  • Nissan Versa S: The entry-level Nissan Versa S sedan has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, a five-speed manual transmission, cloth seats, and a four-speaker stereo.
  • Nissan Versa S Plus: The S Plus sedan adds Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and cruise control.
  • Nissan Versa SV: SV models gain remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks, a driver’s seat armrest, a passenger seatback pocket, and premium cloth upholstery. Models released before the 2018.5 updates also add a USB port. The Special Edition package includes a 5-inch display, satellite radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, hands-free texting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, alloy wheels, and a rearview camera.
  • Nissan Versa Note S: The Versa Note S is similarly equipped to the Nissan Versa S, but it comes with a CVT instead of the manual transmission.
  • Nissan Versa Note SV: Like the Note S, the Note SV’s equipment list resembles the SV model with the Special Edition package.
  • Nissan Versa SR: The top-of-the-line Note SR has proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and faux suede upholstery.

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What Does Nissan’s Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Nissan offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. 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 Nissan CPO vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, most car manufacturers, including Hyundai and Chevrolet, have more robust CPO programs than the one offered by Nissan.

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How Safe Is the Versa?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Nissan Versa the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the lowest rating of Poor in the driver-side small overlap front test. The hatchback got a Good rating in the one crash test conducted: the moderate overlap front test.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Nissan Versa an overall four-star rating out of five, with four stars in frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests. The Versa Note got three stars in frontal crash tests.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera (in 2018.5 models)

Available advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera (in original 2018 models)

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2018 Nissan Versa Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Nissan Versa or 2018 Kia Rio?

The 2018 Kia Rio is one of the best subcompact cars you can buy. It has a great predicted reliability rating, higher safety scores than the Versa, and lots of tech and safety feature availability, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and forward collision warning. The Rio also has an eager engine and athletic handling. On top of that, buying the Kia only costs around $900 more than the Nissan on average. The Versa may have more cargo room than the Rio, but that’s not enough for us to recommend it.

Which Is Better: 2018 Nissan Versa or 2018 Nissan Sentra?

The 2018 Nissan Sentra is a bit like a slightly larger version of the Versa. Made to be cost-effective, it has a lot of space for passengers and cargo but also a bland powertrain and cheap cabin materials. However, the Sentra offers a turbocharged engine option that produces more power than anything you’ll find in the Versa. It also has a higher predicted reliability rating and more available safety features, such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and forward collision warning. Neither Nissan is a great car, but the Sentra is a better choice.

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2018 Versa Performance

How Does the 2018 Versa Drive?

The engine provides enough power for zipping around town, though it’s hardly exciting. Acceleration comes slowly, and the available continuously variable automatic transmission drones at higher speeds. Notably, the four-speed automatic transmission available in earlier models has been discontinued.

This vehicle is highly maneuverable and provides a comfortable ride over most pavement. However, most rivals are more agile, and steering feedback received mixed reviews.

  • Base engine: 109-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard five-speed manual; available continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Versa Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Versa has subpar fuel economy estimates for the class. Models equipped with the CVT have improved fuel economy more in line with rivals.

  • With manual transmission: 27/36 mpg city/highway
  • With CVT: 31/39 mpg

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2018 Versa Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Versa Seat?

Regardless of body type, this Nissan seats five people in two rows. There’s ample head- and legroom in both rows, and the rear seats are among the most accommodating in the class. That said, while the seats are good for short commutes, they lack the cushioning to keep occupants comfortable on long trips. Lots of hard plastics leave the cabin feeling cheap.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats

Available seating features:

  • premium cloth upholstery
  • faux suede upholstery
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Nissan Versa?

The Nissan Versa sedan has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats, as well as a third tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The whole setup received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2018 Nissan Versa Features

The infotainment system is straightforward, and there are lots of physical buttons and knobs that help make it easy to use.

  • Standard infotainment features: a four-speaker stereo and Bluetooth phone connectivity; Versa models released with the 2018.5 updates will also have a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth streaming audio, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: a 5-inch display, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth streaming audio, and a USB port
  • Other available features: power windows and door locks, cruise control, remote and proximity keyless entry, and push-button start

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2018 Nissan Versa Dimensions

Nissan Versa Cargo Space

The Nissan Versa sedan has a 14.9-cubic-foot trunk. That’s one of the largest trunks among subcompact cars, though the 2018 Toyota Yaris has a bit more room. Split-folding rear seats are available, letting you haul larger items. The Versa Note has 18.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. Folding them down expands that to 38.3 cubic feet of space. Those are typical totals for a small hatchback.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Nissan Versa Length and Weight
  • Length: 13 feet, 7 inches to 14 feet, 7 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,395 to 2,524 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 3,389 to 3,470 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Nissan Versa Built?

Nissan built the Versa in Mexico.

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