Spacious interior; low base price; excellent fuel economy with continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT); standard Bluetooth
S trim is painfully basic; some parts feel flimsy compared to competition; noisy drivetrain; quirky styling; no advanced audio or driver-assist features
All 2018 Nissan Versas gain adjustable front-seat head restraints, map lamps and variable intermittent wipers as standard equipment. The SL trim is dropped this year.See the 2018Nissan Versa models for sale near you
While we admire the base model's low price, it's too Spartan for most tastes. We would go with the SV with the Special Edition package, which offers the features most of us have become accustomed to, such as power windows, keyless entry and power locks.Find a Nissan Versa for sale
The Versa is offered in three trim levels: S, S Plus and SV. Each trim uses the same 1.6-liter engine but offers different transmission choices and fuel economy figures.
The base S ($12,875) includes air conditioning, map lights, intermittent wipers, a tilt steering wheel, a 5-speed manual transmission, Bluetooth with steering-wheel touch controls, power mirrors, 15-in steel wheels with covers, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input, a tachometer and manual windows and door locks. A 4-speed automatic transmission adds $1,500 to the bottom line.
The S Plus ($15,880) adds a CVT automatic transmission, a rear spoiler and cruise control.
The SV ($16,605) adds upgraded seat cloth, a 6-way manual driver's seat, a driver's armrest, power windows and locks, remote trunk release with key-fob activation, keyless entry with illuminated entry, USB/iPod controls and a 60/40-split folding rear seat.
There's only one option package this year, that being the SV Special Edition package. For a mere $500, the Special Edition package adds 15-in alloy wheels, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome exterior accents, 5-in color display audio, streaming Bluetooth audio, SiriusXM satellite radio and a rearview monitor.
Inside, the Versa offers 90.2 cu ft. of passenger volume and a 14.9 cu-ft. trunk that, on the SV trim, can be expanded using the 60/40-split folding rear seat.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2018 Chevrolet Sonic -- The Sonic might be one of the best-driving vehicles in the subcompact market. An optional turbocharger -- not available on the base model -- adds to driving pleasure but also to the cost.
2018 Kia Rio -- The Kia Rio is spacious, good-looking and energetic. Plus, it comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty.
2018 Ford Fiesta -- The Fiesta's base price is the highest in this group, but it gets better fuel economy than the Versa, and there's a performance-oriented ST version for an even sportier ride.
Used Hyundai Elantra -- A used 2012-2015 Hyundai Elantra costs about the same as a loaded Versa but gives you more power, more room and more features. Plus, if you purchase a certified pre-owned Elantra, you'll get the remainder of Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.