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Reviewed by Bengt Halvorson
Deputy Editor, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$11,577
BASE MSRP
$11,990
Quick Take
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. Read more »
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looks awkward thanks to its tall roofline and narrow width, but those dimensions are the reason the cabin feels so spacious

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looks sleek in some spots and dated in others

AutoWeek »

Although boring, the car has a reasonably attractive exterior design.

CNET »

hangs tight to its cheapest-alternative-to-a-used-car status while vaunting a more attractive wrapper (at least in person)

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$11,990 $16,890
MSRP $11,990
INVOICE $11,577 Browse used listings in your area
4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S
Gas Mileage 27 mpg City/36 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas I4, 1.6L
EPA Class Compact Cars
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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The Basics:

The Nissan Versa takes the lighter approach to subcompact sedans; rather than focusing on style and technology, it chooses to target price and size on a budget. It's a simple effort, with a spacious cabin and gas mileage telling almost all of the story behind its low price.

From a distance, the Versa Sedan looks to have upward aspirations. With its curvier, lower roofline, the latest Versa strays from its boxy predecessor and borrows some of the proportions from larger Nissan and Infiniti models (with a grille design that matches the new Sentra and Altima), along with some European influence in its flowing sheetmetal and details. Inside, it's back to small-car tradition, with an undeniably basic, almost parts-bin look to the collection of cues and switchgear.

With last year's redesign, Nissan managed to boost gas mileage by several mpg across the lineup, and for 2013 Versa Sedan models with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) manage to hit the lofty 40-mpg highway mark. Unfortunately, the Versa isn't very enjoyable to drive—especially with the CVT and its sluggish responses, in addition to 11.5-second 0-60 mph times. The 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine can also now be had with a traditional four-speed automatic transmission or five-speed manual, but both of those are only offered in base Versa S versions. Overall, the driving experience is barely enough to keep the pulse going, with light yet precise electric power steering system that feels right for urban driving but requires too many small adjustments at speed.

Inside, the Versa Sedan is comfortable, and it's very spacious considering its exterior size, but we wouldn't try to make four taller adults try to travel together here. The seats are short and flat and not all that comfortable, and in back it's surprising that rear seatbacks don't fold—not even as a single piece—on much of the lineup. The trunk is huge, though.

The Versa's suspension is soft and absorbent compared to many other small-car models, so ride quality is quite good, and the Versa soaks up urban potholes or freeway choppiness quite well. Materials and trims are no revelation here; the hard and hollow dash materials impress as every bit as cheap as the Versa's sub-$13,000 base price (including destination), and ever-present road and engine noise don't prove otherwise.

Value for the dollar is pretty much the main motivation for most shoppers considering the 2013 Nissan Versa, and this year Nissan has added value, with more standard features, on its mid-range SV and top-of-the-line SL models. Meanwhile, at a bottom-line price starting below $12,800 for the base Versa S, it's one of the most affordable models in the U.S. market—even if it does feel a bit bargain-basement.

Base S models come with manual wind-up windows, no power mirrors, and strictly the basics, but air conditioning is included in all trims. This year, in addition to the manual-transmission Versa S, Nissan has added an S model with a four-speed automatic transmission, and all S models now come with a cargo-area lamp. Above that, there's a new Versa Sedan S Plus CVT model, replacing the S CVT and adding standard cruise control. Mid-level Versa SV and top-level SL models also get some additional standard features. Options include Bluetooth, XM Satellite Radio, and a navigation system with XM NavTraffic.

 

Likes:

  • New-car warranty; used-car price
  • Comfortable ride
  • Relatively quiet interior
  • Bluetooth isn't standard

Dislikes:

  • Drives like an appliance
  • Rear seatbacks don't fold on some models
  • Sluggish CVT response
  • Cheap-looking interior details
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