With improved aerodynamics and new powertrains, the redesigned Versa Sedan models that were introduced last year had much-improved gas mileage.
Much of those gains were attributed to models with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which got the best mileage of the lineup. And for 2013, Nissan has managed to improve highway ratings on all of its CVT models—S Plus CVT, SV, and SL—by 2 mpg, to 40 mpg.
The 2013 Nissan Versa is quite fuel-efficient; and the best mileage is reserved for the more expensive CVT models.
For those who loathe the way CVTs drive, there's the 2013 Nissan Versa S Sedan, offered with either a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. Neither of these choices are as fuel-efficient as the CVT, though some may prefer their drivability. EPA ratings stand at 27/36 mpg for the manual or 26/35 with the conventional automatic.