Subcompact vehicles represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the automobile industry. People are starting to see the value of a car that is reliable and has fuel economy as a practical reaction to the giant SUVs that dominated the automobile landscape in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Nissan’s entry into this market, the Versa, is certainly one of the most popular cars in the genre. The car brings everything a typical subcompact car brings with some added features that competitors don’t have.

Like other Nissan’s there are multiple trim options available when you buy a Nissan Versa. One thing to note is that the most standard model is very basic, making it a great option for someone who is looking for a practical vehicle. This includes a much better sound system, more adjustable seats, and larger wheels that are made from aluminum alloy instead of steel. If you are looking for anything more than just a basic vehicle, you should consider one of the company’s more feature-laden trim packages. (


The Versa’s engine performs well when compared to other subcompact vehicles. The only engine option is a 1.6-liter engine with four cylinders. This is more than enough to power the vehicle and perform all of the duties required of a daily driver. The base model comes with a five-speed transmission, but there is a four-speed option available as well with some of the other trim packages. It is important to note that the base model comes with a manual transmission. If you want to improve your fuel economy, get one of the higher trim packages with automatic transmission.

The fuel economy on this vehicle is very good. The automatic transmission version of the vehicle gets 31 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway while the manual transmission comes in at 26 and 35. ( Test drivers have noted that the cars handles very well because of its tight turn radius and has one of the smoothest rides in its class thanks to its suspension. It has everything you would want in a daily driver.

Body Style

Like other subcompact cars, the Versa comes in two different body styles, sedan, and hatchback. These come at different price points and the hatchback has a slightly larger trunk. The hatchback has almost 19 cubic feet of trunk space while the sedan has just under 15 cubic feet of storage space. Either way, they are very spacious compared to other subcompacts.


The most popular positive comment test drivers have about the Nissan Versa is the amount of space it has in the interior. This is mostly true when it comes to the headroom. Even your tallest friends will feel comfortable when they are riding in the backseat of your Nissan Versa. They can stretch their legs out too because the Versa has more backseat legroom than any other subcompact by a mile.

The standard options on the interior provide a little more than the drivetrain options. This includes a four-speaker stereo system and keyless entry. Unlike other cars in its class, it does come standard with a backup camera. The infotainment system is controlled via a five-inch touchscreen control panel located in the dash of the car. Of course, many of these options can be upgraded when you decide on one of the more luxurious trim packages offered by the manufacturer.

If you are looking to enter the automobile market with a great starter car, the Nissan Versa might be right for you. It maybe a subcompact, but it can still easily fit a family of four thanks to its expansive backseat and headroom.