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2016 Nissan Versa Note1.6 SV (M5) 4dr Hatchback

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The cabin is comfortable and offers a good number of conveniences. In short, the Nissan Versa is a roomy, practical small car.
- New Car Test Drive
The Versa's gauges look great as well -- they're crisp, sharp, and easy to read.
- Motor Trend

The Versa is Nissan's entry-level car with the intention of attracting economy-minded buyers with its mileage, price and larger size than most other vehicles in its class.

The Versa sedan is powered by a 109-hp 1.6-liter four cylinder engine that can be equipped with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic (S only); while the rest of the trims are standard with an Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). Safety comes from six standard airbags, tire pressure monitoring, anti-lock brakes with panic assist, front seat belt pretensioners, side impact beams in all doors and electronic stability/traction control.

The Versa is a carried forward for 2016 with minimal changes.


The 2016 Nissan Versa comes in four trim levels.All come with the 1.6-liter engine.Versa S ($11,990) has a 5-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, power mirrors, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, hands-free calling, and 15-inch wheels, but lacks power windows and a folding rear seat.Four-speed automatic ($1,500) is optional.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Versa S Plus ($13,990) gets the CVT, a rear spoiler, steering-wheel controls, and cruise control.Versa SV ($15,530) gets upgraded cloth seats, power windows and locks, 60/40-split folding rear seat, upgraded trim.An SV Technology Package includes a 5.8-inch touchscreen, navigation, voice recognition, real-time traffic, and rearview camera.Versa SL ($17,090) adds Intelligent Key, an immobilizer system, rearview camera, foglamps, and 16-inch wheels.


Attractively shaped, the Versa strives to emulate the larger Nissan cars but has fewer and less expressive lines.

Large headlights, a chromed grille, and front-end sculpting, part of the 2015 freshening, mimic the larger Nissans.Because it rides on small wheels and has fewer highlights in its side panels, the Versa sedan winds up looking dowdy.

We find the Versa Note hatchback more interesting.Its proportions are less homely.The Note's hatchback body shares no sheetmetal with its sedan counterpart.Sedans sell much better than hatchbacks, but the latter's overall proportions avoid the low-rent look exemplified by the Versa sedan.


Passenger space is Versa's primary virtue, even though the interior is undeniably no-frills.It's one of the few subcompacts that can carry four adults in actual comfort, as opposed to the theoretical kind.That said, particularly tall riders might feel limited.Front backrests are well-bolstered, but bottom cushions are short, flat, and insufficiently supportive, so actual is a relative term.

Leg space is bountiful in the rear, compared to many subcompacts, but only upper trim levels get the handy folding back rest.Outboard seating positions are nicely contoured, but the center seat is not.

Trunk space is huge for a car of this size.

Quietness is a virtue.Clunks and thunks should be rarities, in view of Nissan's emphasis on noise suppression.Only the powertrain is likely to get noisy, when pushed.In short, the Versa is quite pleasant for tooling around on beat up neighborhood streets.

While hard plastic is typical in this class, the Versa has it in abundance.As a result, the cabin comes across as undeniably economy-class.Climate controls consist of three simple, easy-to-use knobs.Otherwise, switchgear quality is among the worst that we've tested.

Driving Impression

Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in a CVT-equipped Versa takes a leisurely 11.5 seconds, the very definition of sluggish, and the powertrain will howl if pushed hard.Making only 109 horsepower, the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine has one of the lowest outputs in the class.The Versa is far from sporty, but it is not trying to be.

On the road, the Versa is competent enough, if unremarkable.Steering is reasonably well-weighted but quite light, requiring small corrections to stay on course at higher speeds.On the plus side, light steering helps make the Versa easy to drive and park on tight city streets.When driven in a relaxed fashion, the CVT works quite well, and Nissan has been a leader with this technology.

Versa excels in ride comfort, even on potholed streets and choppy expressways.A soft, perhaps even sloppy, suspension manages to soak up most road bumps and flaws without losing composure.That's quite a feat in the subcompact class.

We don't recommend the base-model Versa S, with either a manual gearbox or the ancient 4-speed automatic.Both can feel even more sluggish than a CVT-fitted Versa.The Versa S model, with manual or automatic, manages only an EPA-estimated 30 mpg Combined.

CVT models score well in fuel economy, but don't top the rankings.With CVT, Versa is EPA-rated at 31/40 mpg City/Highway, 35 mpg Combined.


The Nissan Versa offers big interior space and big value in a small package.The price to be paid for so much value includes uninspired performance, disappointing safety scores and average fuel economy.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report.


The Nissan Versa is affordably priced and offers excellent value.The Nissan Versa sedan and the Versa Note hatchback deliver no-frills transportation with vast interior space for a subcompact and big seats.

Versa scores well in ride comfort and smooth operation, not as well in performance and crash-test scores.Externally, the Versa models resemble other Nissan sedans but on a smaller scale.

These are good cars for tall drivers.However, the cabin is basic, with all the charm of a bare-bones rental car.Interior trim, controls and switches are basic, and they look and feel as if they were snatched from a spare-parts bin.

After a mild styling update for 2015, the Versa continues largely unchanged for the 2016 model year.Body-colored power mirrors are now standard; the 2016 Versa S model adds a rear speaker; and the 2016 Versa SL gains a leather-wrapped steering wheel.This second-generation Versa was introduced as a 2012 model.

Nissan Versa's 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is underpowered compared to many rival subcompacts.All are front-wheel drive.

Versa is EPA-rated at 31/40 mpg City/Highway with the continuously variable transmission, or 35 mpg Combined.The CVT is efficient but sluggish.

The base Versa S model comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox or optional 4-speed automatic transmission.Pricing with the manual is rock-bottom, but fuel economy sinks to an EPA-estimated 30 mpg Combined, and performance does not improve.

Safety is not a Versa strength, and crash-test ratings are poor.Even as an option, Nissan does not offer any of the advanced electronic active-safety systems that have been turning up in economical cars.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Versa sedan a meager three-star rating.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety declared it Poor on their stringent small-overlap test, but Good in other testing.The Versa Note fared better, but still falls short of competitive models.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Front air conditioningManual
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers4
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Dash trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimMetal-look
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Rear area cargo coverRigid
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt-adjustable
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).30 cD
Front Head Room1,037 mm
Front Hip Room1,233 mm
Front Leg Room1,049 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,313 mm
Front track1,480 mm
Overall height1,537 mm
Overall Length4,157 mm
Overall Width1,695 mm
Rear Head Room964 mm
Rear Hip Room1,238 mm
Rear Leg Room973 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,318 mm
Rear track1,485 mm
Wheelbase2,600 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Axle ratio4.07
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio9.80 : 1
Displacement98 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power109 hp
Max RPM6,000 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,400 RPM
Size1.6 L
Torque145 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome accents
Fuel Consumption
City8.6 L/100 km
Combined7.6L/100 km
Highway6.5 L/100 km
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size1.6 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA5
Trans Type - VAManual
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsFixed
Number of rear headrests2
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
FoldingFold forward seatback
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody w/crankdown
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationSemi-independent
Rear Suspension TypeTorsion beam
stabilizer barFront and rear
internet accessSelective service
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Speed RatingH
Width185 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds5
Truck Features
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size5.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place532 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,084 L
Curb weight1,112 kg
EPA interior volume2,665 L
Fuel Capacity41 L
Gross vehicle weight1,574 kg
Max cargo capacity1,084 L
Turning radius5 m
Rim TypeNone steel
Wheel CoversFull wheel
Front wipers - intermittentIntermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Front reading lights
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Trip computer
Block heater
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Split folding rear seat
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

2016 Nissan Versa Note 1.6 SV (M5) 4dr Hatchback, , Ontario

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