2015 Nissan Versa Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The 2015 Nissan Versa lineup remains one of the better picks among compact sedans and hatches, all said, as it adds up to a lot of space and comfort for very little money. Ride comfort is definitely a step ahead of the budget-strapped small-car norm, and while Nissan's claims that the Versa Sedan offers mid-size space might be true in numbers only, this is one of the few of the very affordable small cars to easily, comfortably fit four average-sized adults. 

Just don't expect the experience to be plush, cushy, or all that supportive. The front seats in the Versa have an odd construction that contours around your back and holds you in place; yet the bottom cushions are super-flat and short, letting you slide around. The middle position in the back seat isn't nearly as well-contoured as the outboard positions.

Whether you're looking at the Versa sedan or Versa Note hatchback, 'no frills' is the theme, although both versions are spacious and quite comfortable.

One criticism—especially if you're cross-shopping mid-market models from even a few model years ago—is that the Versa's cabin appointments feel decidedly economy class, and never anything above that. Materials and trims are hard and hollow.

Trunk space is huge for a subcompact or compact sedan, but it's odd that rear seatbacks don't fold forward—not even as a single piece—on many of the models. Chalk it up to cost-cutting. In hatchbacks, however, all rear seats are 60/40-split and fold forward, with a special Divide-N-Hide system that creates a flat cargo floor, yet with recessed areas underneath to either hide smaller items or accommodate larger, taller ones.

Lifting up the cargo floor board reveals a hidden area underneath to keep valuables out of sight. And when more space is needed for carrying taller or bulkier items, lowering the floor board creates a deeper cargo well.

Refinement and cabin quiet are exceptionally good for such an affordable vehicle. The Versa's suspension is soft and absorbent compared to many other small-car models, so ride quality is quite good, and the Versa does well in soaking up urban potholes or freeway choppiness. And Nissan went to great lengths to tweak the aerodynamics of the Versa Note, and there's quite a bit of sound deadening placed around the vehicle (although there's a lot of boomy engine noise in CVT versions). 

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