Buyer's Guide

2021 Nissan Versa
Select a Different Model (4 Available): S (Auto) Sedan
Fuel Economy $ 32 / 40 mpg
Horsepower 122@6,300
Torque 114@4,000
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2021 Nissan Versa MODEL OVERVIEW


  • Lots of standard safety features
  • Good ride
  • Comfortable front seats


  • Underpowered engine
  • Lazy CVT
  • Forgettable handling

Long known for its affordable pricing as well as its you-get-what-you-pay-for fit and finish, the Nissan Versa has changed. In the sleek, current-generation Versa, mini-Altima looks replace the dowdy, cartoonish look of its predecessor. Available only as a sedan, the Versa is a stylish, practical, fuel-efficient, and tech-packed commuter that won't cost you an arm and a leg; pricing starts just under $16,000.

Redesigned last year, the Nissan Versa carries over unchanged for 2021. If you miss the Versa Note hatchback, consider the Nissan Kicks.

What We Think

Nissan has successfully turned the Versa into an economy car you wouldn't mind getting seen in. Good looks and lots of modern tech features strengthens the Versa's value proposition. Despite not having a fully independent suspension, Nissan's least expensive sedan rides well, adeptly absorbing road imperfections and harsh impacts. Just don't expect thrilling acceleration because the 122-hp 1.6-liter I-4 barely feels adequate to move the Versa around. The lazy CVT doesn't help things, either. Despite the improved body control and steering over the previous generation, the Versa's driving experience makes it clear that it has zero sporting intentions.

Nissan has improved the Versa's interior significantly. Although there are still lots of hard plastics everywhere, the cabin looks stylish. Credit the orange accents and contrast stitching for the extra bit of style. Both front seats are comfortable, offering good support and bolstering. Rear-seat passengers lose a good bit of headroom versus the old car; however, it remains adult friendly and doesn't feel cramped.

Inexpensive transportation no longer needs to feel like a penalty box. The Versa proves you can have a comfortable daily driver with all the modern multimedia and safety technologies for not much money. Keep your expectations in check, though, because the Versa is still a commuter first, not a sporty small car.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The Versa is powered by a 1.6-liter I-4 with 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual is standard on the base S trim, while a CVT automatic is optional. SV and SR models only come with the CVT.

EPA fuel economy ratings are 27/35 mpg city/highway with the manual and 32/40 mpg with the CVT.


IIHS: The Versa received a Good score on the Moderate front overlap and side impact tests (Good is the highest score).

NHTSA: The 2020 model received an overall five-star rating (out of a possible five stars).

Base S trims of the Versa get forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, front and rear automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beams. SV and SR models add driver attention alert, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Adaptive cruise control is only available on the range-topping SR trim as part of the Convenience package.


The Versa has a simplified version of Nissan's infotainment system featuring a 7.0-inch touchscreen and a four-speaker audio system as standard. Only SV and SR models get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and a 7.0-inch instrument cluster display. SR models upgrade the base four-speaker audio system to a six-speaker unit.

Recommended Trim

Both the SV and SR grades offer the most value for your money because of the additional standard equipment over the Versa S. SV and SR offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 7.0-inch instrument cluster display, and the full Safety Shield 360 driver assistance suite (The S trim lacks blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and driver attention alert).

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Engine: 4-Cyl 1.6 Liter
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Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Nissan announces a Customer Conquest offer towards the purchase or lease of an eligible Nissan to qualifying customers that trade in a Honda vehicle. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021
$0 0.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 48, 60 Months - Nissan announces special APR rates on select models. 07-06-2021
$0 0% Financing for a maximum term of 36 Months - Nissan announces special APR rates on select models. 07-06-2021