2013 Nissan Versa vs. Its Competition

2013 Nissan Versa Sedan
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Nissan Versa used to share its claim as the cheapest car on the U.S.

market with the Hyundai Accent, but in recent years the Accent has gone a little more upmarket.

As it is, the Accent is now priced several thousand higher but it does impress as a little more upscale than the Versa, especially in its base form, and its interior materials and switchgear feel a step above.

The Chevrolet Sonic was all-new last year and is at the other end of the subcompact market; it's a serious, far more refined small sedan or hatchback, with a more refined driving feel, great interior comfort, top-notch safety, and better interior materials than the Versa.

Otherwise, both the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta cost significantly more than the Versa yet are more fun to drive.

The Fit stands out especially for its very low cargo floor and a seat-folding arrangement that's better than all others in this class.

While the latest Toyota Yaris was redesigned last year and is attractive inside and out from a design standpoint, it's not a standout in other respects.

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6.6
The 2013 Nissan Versa is at its best up against used cars: If you can overlook some cheap-feeling details, it's a reasonably comfortable, well-equipped new car, for used-car money.
7.8
The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic swaps econobox blues for sporty driving feel as well as safety, refinement, and comfort.
7.6
Small cars don't need to be bland--the 2013 Ford Fiesta proves that with a saucy look and pert handling.
7.2
If you're not turned off by the utilitarian look of the 2013 Honda Fit, you'll like what you get, which is awesome practicality and space-efficiency, plus some driving verve.
7.2
The 2013 Hyundai Accent is one of the best-equipped small cars, and it gets very good gas mileage, but it's not quite as exciting to drive as it looks.
7.2
The 2013 Toyota Yaris holds true to its promise as a maneuverable, economical car for city commuting--with a cheerful, well-designed interior--but highway refinement and weak performance are major drawbacks.
MSRP From     
$11,990$14,185$13,200$15,425$14,545$14,370
Gas Mileage     
26 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompactSmall Station WagonCompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-Door Sedan S5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan Manual GLS3-Door Liftback Manual L (SE)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A44N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanHatchbackSedanHatchback
Transmission     
ManualManualManualManualManualManual