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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
Four stars, frontal impact test; four stars, side impact test and rollover resistance
Good," frontal offset test; "good," side impact test
favorite feature on the Versa was the small triangular windows up front where the front doors and windshield intersect”
The 2010 Versa performs well in both insurance industry and federal government crash tests. With the addition of new standard safety features for 2010 on some model lines, including active safety measures such as ABS and stability control, the latest Versa SL and Versa S are safer than last year’s model.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) bestows its highest rating of "good" in both frontal offset and side-impact tests on the 2010 Nissan Versa. Meanwhile, the government's testing agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), subjects the Nissan Versa to its full battery of tests and, in the end, awards four out of a possible five stars to the Versa in every category. Those categories include front impact protection and side impact protection, for both the passenger and driver sides. The ratings from these agencies apply to both the sedan and hatchback versions of Nissan's 2010 Versa.
Edmunds reports that the “Nissan Versa comes standard with front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a tire-pressure monitor.” Last year’s Nissan Versa garnered significant criticism about its conspicuously absent standard features, but for 2010, Nissan has taken note of these issues and remedied the situation—somewhat. While ABS and Nissan Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system are still not available on the Base Versa, ABS is now standard on the mid-range Versa S, with VDC available as an option. Nissan’s ABS system is available as an option on the base 1.6-liter models for $250. Both ABS and VDC come as standard on the range-topping Versa SL. Fog lights have also been added as standard on the hatchback variant of the of the Versa SL.
Another important aspect of safety is visibility, and in the 2010 Nissan Versa, most reviewers take note in a positive way. ConsumerGuide contends that visibility is "good in all directions." MotherProof adds that perhaps their "favorite feature on the Versa was the small triangular windows up front where the front doors and windshield intersect," as they can "help visibility a lot."
With good crash-test results and more standard safety features, the Versa impresses in this area. Just make sure you check the right option boxes.