3.9 Overall Score
Performance 3.7 Comfort 3.9 Styling 3.9 Value 4.1

Editor's Overview

With a starting price of $12,800, the 2015 Nissan Versa retains its status as the least-expensive new car you can buy. Beyond an affordable price tag, the Versa Sedan and Versa Note hatchback boast good fuel economy and a roomy interior, but not the driving dynamics of rivals like the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta or Chevrolet Sonic.

You'll Like The 2015 Nissan Versa If...

If budget takes priority over driving excitement and feature-rich amenities, the 2015 Nissan Versa lineup offers affordable and efficient transportation in the form of a 5-passenger sedan or hatchback. The Versa's roomy cabin and up-to-40-mpg rating are also high points.

You May Not Like The 2015 Nissan Versa If...

Want to have a little more fun behind the wheel? Better candidates include the Honda Fit, Kia Rio, Ford Fiesta, Chevy Sonic and Mazda2. These sedan and hatchback rivals also tempt with low prices and high fuel economy.

What's New

The 2015 Versa Sedan receives new front and rear fascias, while the interior gets minor design updates. Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity arrives in base models. The Versa Note hatchback adds the SR trim that aims to be sporty via exterior and interior aesthetics.

Interior Features

Despite their small exteriors, sedan and hatchback versions of the 2015 Versa hide a lot of interior space. In the sedan, rear-seat passengers get 37 inches of legroom, while those in the Versa Note hatchback can stretch out with 38.3 inches, similar to a full-size sedan. As a grocery-getter, the sedan holds much in its 14.9-cubic-foot trunk, while the Note swallows 18.8 cubic feet with rear seats up or up to 38.3 with them down. The rear seats of the sedan also fold in a 60/40 split, but only on the higher SV and SL trims. Up front, controls and cabin materials are basic.

Exterior Features

Thanks to a fresh face similar to that of its larger siblings the Sentra and Altima, the 2015 Nissan Versa has more visual pizzazz than before. More appealing from a stylistic standpoint, however, is the Versa Note. This 5-door hatchback's overhangs are six inches shorter than the Sedan’s, and the result is a more energetic-looking design. The new Versa Note SR trim goes for a sportier look with standard fog lights, black and chrome accents, and a unique front fascia.

Driving Impressions

The 2015 Nissan Versa is not a thrilling car to drive, but it sure is easy. Both the sedan and the smaller Versa Note hatchback are smooth and quiet by economy-car standards, and we were impressed with the refinement of the newer Note in particular. The steering is light, its turning radius is tight, and visibility is very good from the driver's seat. Like other cars with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), Versas so equipped take some getting used to. There are no conventional shift points, so the engine may seem to be working hard at unexpected times. With just 109 horsepower, the 2015 Versa’s acceleration – or lack thereof – won’t tempt you to enter many drag races.

Pricing Notes

The Nissan Versa has the lowest Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of any new car, with base Sedan models starting at $12,800. Adding even simple options like a 4-speed automatic transmission lifts that cost to over $14,000. The Versa Note hatchback has a higher starting price of around $15,000. Moving up trims and adding features can push a Versa's price to around $20,000 in top form. A Kia Rio, by comparison, has a more powerful engine and a longer warranty, and starts around $15,000, the neighborhood where base models of the Honda Fit, Chevy Sonic, Hyundai Accent and Ford Fiesta reside. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying for their Versa. Strong resale value is another characteristic of the Versa, where it's a best-in-class leader.

Notable Equipment

A base 2015 Versa Sedan has a tempting price for sure, but you will have to sacrifice some creature comforts for it. It does come with air conditioning, a 2-speaker AM/FM/CD/Aux audio system and Bluetooth, but you won't get power windows, power door locks, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver's seat, or even a remote trunk release. For those kind of features, you'll have to step up to the S Plus or SV trims, which cost thousands more. The pricier Versa Note is also basic in base form, but comes with four speakers and 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

Notable Options

As with other Nissans, most of the extras come by climbing trims. Mid-tier SV models gain a 6-way adjustable driver's seat, split-folding rear seats, better fabric material, and an upgraded audio system that includes a USB input. Top-line SL models come with the NissanConnect system that integrates mobile apps such as those for Facebook and Pandora, push-button ignition, and a premium audio system with 5-inch display and Bluetooth audio streaming. A tech package for top-tier models offers navigation and a rearview monitor for the Versa Sedan, and nav plus the innovative Around View Monitor on the Versa Note.

Favorite Features

REAR LEGROOM

The Versa is commendably roomy, and folding rear seatbacks add versatility. In both Sedan and 5-door forms this is a small car that can comfortably seat two full-size adults in back.

FUEL ECONOMY

Sedans with the CVT automatic transmission are rated at 40 mpg for the highway and 35 mpg combined. The 5-door Nissan Versa Note equals the sedan’s numbers with even better drivability, making both Versas easy on the wallet and on the environment.

Under the Hood

The front-wheel-drive Nissan Versa Sedan and 5-door Note hatchback are equipped with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. With only 109 horsepower, it’s not particularly powerful, but does get an EPA rating of 40 mpg on the highway when connected to a CVT transmission. Other transmission choices are a 5-speed manual (Versa Sedan and Versa Note) and 4-speed automatic (available only on base S models of the Sedan.) All other Versas use the fuel-saving CVT.

1.6-liter inline-4

109 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

107 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/36 mpg (5-speed manual), 26/35 (4-speed automatic), 31/40 mpg (CVT automatic)

Editors' Notes

The 2015 Nissan Versa is not only the least-expensive vehicle in Nissan's fleet – it's the least-expensive new car, period. A year after the debut of its new hatchback version, the Versa Note, the 2015 Versa Sedan gets its own updates to shed some of its past frumpiness. Yet the sedan continues to sport an alluring base price of just $12,800. That money still only buys a basic car, but one that is roomy and fuel efficient. Higher-trim versions of the sedan boast more amenities, while the Versa Note offers the cargo versatility of a hatchback and fresher design. Rivals like the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio and Honda Fit are more fun to drive, but none can touch the Versa's starting price.

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2015 Nissan Versa S Plus

My vehicle is great on gas mileage. Not very expensive to fill up the tank and it can last me longer than even my husbands vehicle. However, I have had some maintenance issues with the car such as the tires having to be replaced and the brakes getting worn down as well. The other thing is that I use a Bluetooth adapter for connecting my mobile device that plugs into the cigarette lighter and somehow after the very few years I have had the vehicle the lighter part has completely detached itself from the car and can easily pop out if I want to remove the Bluetooth adapter. The other downside to my car is this particular model does not have automatic locks, windows, and that includes not being able to pop the trunk from the driver's seat and has proven to be a nuisance over the years. However, it is nice that I have a cruise control and Bluetooth hooked up to the car as well. However, the Bluetooth system can be glitchy at times and I have had many people state they could not hear me on their end. So in turn I avoid using that system as well. To add my tire pressure indicator goes off very often when I need to fill up the air in my tires. While driving on the road you do tend to feel the road rather than it feeling smooth like other vehicles do. However, with that being said the vehicle is not sensitive when pressing on the gas pedal. Personally, I prefer vehicles that don't jolt so easily by barely tapping on the gas pedal. This vehicle is steadier in its acceleration making it a lot easier to control. In regards to the brake pedal, it definitely gets the job done even with a slight touch the vehicle begins to stop and effectively slow the vehicle down. Even though the radio console is pretty simplistic it is very easy to use & I would say the sound system is decent for listening. A plus is the A/C in the vehicle I tend to use it often and that works wonders quickly filling up the car within minutes of turning on the vehicle. The seats are also pretty comfortable, provide enough cushion, and is easily adjustable. I have not felt discomfort whether driving or riding as passenger. Also, there is a decent amount of legroom within the vehicle whether you ride in the back or in front. The other cool feature is the amount of room in the trunk. The vehicle itself does not appear to have a big trunk but opening the back reveals a lot of room all the way to the back passenger seats. The vehicle does it's job and overall it is reliable, gas efficient, and very easy to maneuver. This vehicle gets me from point a to point b which is ideal for any car owner.

- Melissa S

Nissan versa, 2015, base model.

2015 Nissan Versa

I have put approximately 65, 000 miles on my car and it is extremely jumpy now compared to when I first purchased it. The motor mounts are slowly wearing out. The suspension seems like it is breaking down as it is slowly getting rougher and rougher to drive. The seats are generally comfortable but on long trips I get back cramps because the seats kind of curve forward at the top and sit you in an awkward position. Everything in my car rattles. I like the paint job and style of the car. I like that it is a base model and does not have power locks or windows, but it is inconvenient that there is not a button to pop the trunk while you are in the car. You have to use your key to unlock it. I would buy my car again for the value and Nissan dealers are nice and do not ask many questions when you have them service your vehicle.

- Monica W

Comfy, cozy car. Perfect for dog and nap lovers.

2015 Nissan Versa

Car is two years old, bought used with less than 10k miles, this car has lasted through my travels to Florida, Norfolk and nags head back to Cincinnati. Great little car. 40 mpg, even with manual crank windows, the car is still pretty cute. Not many problems, just normal wear and tear on tires and maintenance. Performs the way I would have expected it to, very reliable car. I have taken naps in the front seat and the back in-between classes and driving turns- so it is very cozy. As stated before, I have the manual interior versa- and no, not a hatchback. Was 4k less than the automatic interior Nissan versa next to it with twice as many miles but same price, so now I have my practically brand new Nissan. I love it, not very loud when driving, and being in Ohio the little heaters works fabulously.

- Katie N

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