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STYLING | 6 out of 10
looks awkward thanks to its tall roofline and narrow width, but those dimensions are the reason the cabin feels so spacious
looks sleek in some spots and dated in others
Although boring, the car has a reasonably attractive exterior design.
hangs tight to its cheapest-alternative-to-a-used-car status while vaunting a more attractive wrapper (at least in person)
Car and Driver
While Hatchback models of the 2012 Nissan Versa continue unchanged for 2012, the Nissan Versa Sedan has been redesigned, with a curvier, lower roofline a quite different look overall than the current (outgoing) version.
While the size is about the same, Nissan has dressed up those new proportions with design elements from larger Nissan and Infiniti sedans, some European surfaces, and a few new design cues—including an all-new grille design that the rest of the Nissan lineup will soon get. From the side profile, the new Versa Sedan has a curvier, lower roofline and looks quite different than the current (outgoing) version. While the new Versa's wheelbase and length are virtually unchanged, Nissan has trimmed some length from the hood and added it to the trunk and backseat; the new model is also more than an inch lower overall.
Inside, the design is less controversial, with the dash getting curvier at the edges, flanked by round, aimable vents. However it feels like a collection of cues and switchgear inherited from other Nissan vehicles, and oddly, there's no wrap-around continuity between the dash and doors, and there's just as much hard plastic, if not more than before, in the new Sedan.
The new Versa impresses like a bargain-basement suit; it's contemporary up close, but doesn't fit altogether as well as it could as a whole.