2011 Nissan Versa Safety

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Beginning last year, Nissan buffed up the Versa with more standard safety equipment, adding anti-lock brakes as standard on the Versa S. The Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system is still not available on the Base Versa but optional on the Versa S. Both ABS and VDC come as standard on the range-topping Versa SL.

Crash-test results are good but not class-leading; the 2011 Nissan Versa achieves top 'good' ratings from the insurance-affiliated IIHS in frontal, side, and rear impact tests, but it hasn't yet been tested for roof strength. In the federal government's revised safety ratings and more thorough crash-test system, the news isn't so good; the Versa gets just two out of five stars overall, with only three stars in the frontal category and two stars for side crash protection; in the new side pole test, which simulates a side collision with a tree or pole, the Versa was also rated just two stars.

Outward visibility is certainly part of safety, too, and in the Versa that's quite good. From editors' experience, Versa sedans tend to afford a slightly better view out as the thick rear pillar in hatchbacks can be slightly obscuring.

With base models that don’t include all the safety essentials and unimpressive federal safety ratings, the Versa is no longer a good choice for the most security-minded.

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