2018 Nissan Versa

Original MSRP Range
$12,110 - $15,940
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
27 - 31 MPG City / 36 - 39 MPG Hwy
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2018 Nissan Versa

What We Like

Spacious interior; low base price; excellent fuel economy with continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT); standard Bluetooth

What We Don't

S trim is painfully basic; some parts feel flimsy compared to competition; noisy drivetrain; quirky styling; no advanced audio or driver-assist features

Ratings

Expert Rating

3.7/ 5

Consumer Rating

3.9/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Nissan Versa?

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

Which Versa is the Best?

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

How Much Does a 2018 Nissan Versa Cost?

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.

Versa Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Versa Sedan 2018.5 S Manual$12,310 / $12,0134 Cylinder109N/A5-Speed ManualFWD
Versa Sedan 2018.5 S Plus CVT$14,450 / $14,0944 Cylinder10931 / 39Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Versa Sedan 2018.5 SV CVT$15,940 / $15,5414 Cylinder10931 / 39Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Versa Sedan S Manual$12,110 / $11,8194 Cylinder109N/A5-Speed ManualFWD
Versa Sedan S Plus CVT$14,250 / $13,9004 Cylinder10931 / 39Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Versa Sedan SV CVT$15,840 / $15,4444 Cylinder10931 / 39Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Nissan Versa Safety

Is the 2018 Nissan Versa a Safe Car?

The Versa has front-seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags. In addition, the Versa is designed with Zone Body construction, with front and rear crumple zones, an energy-absorbing steering column, hood buckle creases and safety stops, and pipe-style side-door guard beams. Nissan also includes vehicle dynamic control and traction control on all Versa models.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Nissan Versa an overall good score, with four out of five stars in the front and side-impact crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn't tested the 2018 Versa, but it gave the 2017 model good marks in the offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests.

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Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
Packages
  • Power Trunk Release

Competition

2018 Nissan Versa vs the competition

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.

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