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For such an inexpensive car, the 2011 Nissan Versa hits all the right marks for practicality and offers surprisingly strong levels of comfort and space.
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Large and comfortable seats belie Versa's small-car price
Consumer Guide

hard plastics dominate the stark interior, but compared with, say, the Dodge Caliber, the Versa feels more like a Mercedes-Benz than the bargain appliance it is
Car and Driver

The oversized seats are plush and comfortable, though some editors noted that they became less agreeable on longer road trips.

The back seat was as uncomfortably firm as a park bench.
USA Today

Soft suspension and 14-inch wheels combine with squishy seats that are wonderfully comfortable in a straight line, but helpless to hold you in place when you enter a curve

Compared to other cars in its class, the 2011 Versa is exceptionally roomy in both sedan and hatch guises, with plenty of headroom. The hatchback has a generous 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the backseat up, trunk space is vast for such a small car in the sedan, and Nissan says the amount of interior space approaches that of mid-size cars. We find headroom and legroom to be plentiful, although shoulder room is obviously affected by the Versa's narrower size when compared to mid-size vehicles.

Surprisingly for such a cheap car, the dash, instrument panel, and switchgear feel like they were lifted from some of Nissan's more expensive offerings. Those with long commutes will especially appreciate the seats in the 2010 Nissan Versa, which are among the most comfortable of any small car. Also, the wide-opening doors in back provide for refreshingly easy entry and exit.

The 2011 Nissan Versa rides very comfortably—so much so, that you're likely to think you're in a larger vehicle. More importantly, the Versa has a relatively quiet interior with little road noise when cruising at highway speeds—although the ride does get a little pitchier at, say, 80 mph, and reveal that you are indeed in a small car. Smaller 14-inch wheels, although they don't look as nice, seem to offer a better ride at no detriment to handling.

Storage inside the cabin is another strong point; there are up to six cupholders, and plenty of storage cubbies, and even though some of the materials along the doors and inside the trunk are a little skimpy, the instrument panel is dressed up on par with more expensive vehicles. Thanks to the rather soft, isolated suspension tuning, the Versa's cabin doesn't involve much road noise, but wind noise can be a an issue on long hauls.


For such an inexpensive car, the 2011 Nissan Versa hits all the right marks for practicality and offers surprisingly strong levels of comfort and space.

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