Overview (Final Score: B)
The 2016 Nissan Versa and Versa Note have been best-sellers in the subcompact entry-level market for quite a while. With sales split more or less evenly between the sedan and hatchback models (Sedan and Note respectively), this little car seems to be popular.
The Versa isn’t known for having an award-winning exterior style or engaging drive quality. What it does have is a big, roomy interior compared to the competition and a high level of fuel efficiency and A to B functionality. Where others might have pizzazz, the Versa has practicality.
The base-level Versa is an extremely basic vehicle with little in the way of frills. Yet its beginning suggested retail price is well below most others in the segment. Given the high level of competition in this market, Nissan’s plan of offering the lowest base price possible by stripping the car of nearly all non-essentials appears to be paying off.
The 2016 Versa sees little change from the 2015 model year, but we do note some highlights such as improved crash test results and realistic EPA estimates for fuel economy.
What We Loved About the 2016 Nissan Versa
- Very roomy interior for the segment.
- Extremely versatile use options.
- Low-cost efficiency.
What We Didn’t Love About the 2016 Nissan Versa
- Noisy on the highway.
- Sub-par seating and comfort.
- Pricing not as compelling at mid-level and higher trims.
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