2015 Nissan Versa Performance

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Performance

There's not much driving excitement in the 2015 Nissan Versa, and this is a vehicle that makes no claims of being particularly fast or responsive. Provided you understand that, the Versa delivers on its mission, of putting the priority on interior space and value -- and performing economically, yet adequately. 

The 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine comes with a dual fuel-injection system plus twin continuously variable valve timing, and with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) can achieve 40 mpg on the highway. 

Save your excitement for something sportier; the 2015 Versa can merge and keep up with traffic, but not much more.

That's the good news; the news that some might find disappointing is that the Versa isn't much fun to drive. With 11.5-second 0-60 mph times, and sluggish passing responses from the CVT, leisurely drivers are going to be fine, but if you equate small with perky, you should probably look elsewhere.

Keep in mind that the Versa sedan can also be had with a traditional four-speed automatic transmission or five-speed manual, but both of those are only offered in base Versa S versions, and we really don't recommend those models as they can feel even more sluggish than the CVT.

In most other ways, the Versa is competent but not at all a remarkable performer. The steering is quite well weighted, but too light, with the need to make too many small adjustments; although it's easy to place on tight city streets. Anti-lock front disc and rear drum brakes do the job just fine.

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