2015 Nissan Versa: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic, Mitsubishi Mirage

Looks like: A mild revision of the current Versa

Powertrains: 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder; five-speed manual or four-speed automatic (base model only), CVT (all other trim levels)

Hits dealerships: TBD

MSRP: $12,800 including destination

Nissan has updated its Versa subcompact sedan, addressing some of the issues that the press and public have had with the roomy entry-level car while holding the line on its super-low price. The new 2015 Versa will debut at next week's 2014 New York International Auto Show, where it will join the new 2015 Nissan Murano on the show floor.

Exterior

This is just a mild refresh of the Versa, with changes fairly limited. A new front grille, headlights, fog-light surrounds and wheels comprise the external changes, but the updates don't look especially new, just different. Larger headlights give the Versa a wide-eyed appearance meant to align the car with the rest of Nissan's lineup.

Interior

Interior updates include a new center stack that looks better than the Versa's outgoing el-cheapo plastic version, a nicer steering wheel and standard Bluetooth connectivity. As with most new small cars today, you can option a 2015 Versa with all manner of electronic goodies, including a 5.8-inch touch-screen with app capability, voice commands and navigation. The Versa's surprisingly roomy interior remains a strong point, with one of the biggest passenger cabins in its class and a copious 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space.

Under The Hood

The powertrain is unchanged. It remains a 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that's mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission in the base S trim or a standard continuously variable automatic transmission in the S Plus, SL and SV trims. Fuel economy is also unchanged for the Versa, coming in at 27/36/30 mpg city/highway/combined for base cars equipped with the five-speed manual, dropping to 26/35/30 mpg with the four-speed automatic, but rising to 31/40/35 mpg for cars equipped with the CVT.

Pricing

Pricing is also a strong point for the new Versa, with Nissan maintaining the lowest new-car price in America title. The Versa S will start at just $12,800, including a destination fee, when it goes on sale, which is the same price as the 2014 model that's on sale now. Nissan has not yet said when the new sedan will appear at dealerships.

2015 Nissan Versa

2015 Nissan Versa

2015 Nissan Versa

2015 Nissan Versa

2015 Nissan Versa

2015 Nissan Versa

2015 Nissan Versa

2015 Nissan Versa

2015 Nissan Versa

2015 Nissan Versa

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Comments 

Elliott

Before reading anything, I thought it was the Sentra getting an update, until I read everything. I do not think that is good for the Sentra's popularity.

anonymous guy

My, what big headlights you have! Those things are as big as the wheels! The proportions look very "off". It's like they pasted the front end of the Altima to the Versa's cabin.

M3

My boss bought one for a company car and it works well with outstanding fuel economy. We got the cheapest base model with CVT and cruise, out the door under $14K. At this price, it's a good value. Getting a loaded Versa at a much higher price isn't such a good deal, because then it just can't compare with much nicer cars for the same money.

Rich

Looks like a toddler trying to wear big boy pants.

Steve

40mpg, $14 grand, and a great interior equals a winner. Too bad the exterior looks 10 years old already.

Chris

I used to sell Nissan and had 3 of these cars as demos. Great MPG, plenty of room, and a very affordable price. I can't wait for the 2015 model to come out because I'm definitely going to purchase one. The only thing I don't like about the new one is the steering wheel. I prefer the old one personally.

Kj

The new Nissan models look bloated and ready to burst at the seams. Not my style.

Christina

The exterior does look a little awkward and the acceleration could definitely use some work, but I love my 2015 and it is the perfect low budget new car. The interior is huge and pretty comfortable. Still pretty zippy and very fun to drive the manual. I am very happy with this car. Very worth the price.

AladdinSane

I wish there was a power sunroof option offered on the top of line Versa models, both the sedan and Note, as well a superior audio system with subwoofer...optional of course. Getting a power sunroof aftermarket is such a drag, as well as the upmarket audio system. Nissan should consider these options on its SV models...Peace!
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