Nissan Versa 2023

When the latest Versa sedan was shown in New York in April of 2019, Nissan Canada reps stated the car would not be sold here. However, the attrition of vehicles in the segment,  including Nissan’s own Micra and Versa Note, the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris, has opened up enough marketing space for Nissan to think the car has a good chance here now.

Along with the Nissan Kicks, the Versa sedan is built on the new-generation Micra platform that debuted in other markets for the 2017 model year. Like the current Altima and Sentra, the Versa is an attractive, contemporary design. The Versa has the same wheelbase as the Kicks, but is 201 mm (7.9 inches) longer, slightly narrower, 130 mm (5.1 inches) lower and about 40 kilograms lighter.

Essentially a Kicks sedan, the Versa shares most of the cabin features, including the dashboard, with its tall hatchback showroom mate. The gauges are easy to scan and all controls are logical and work with a satisfying precision. Fit and finish are much better than in small Nissans of the recent past but there is a lot of hard, and perhaps, too shiny plastic, on the doors.

Power for the Versa stems from Nissan’s ubiquitous 1.6L four that is rated at 122 horsepower. Torque will reach the front wheels via either a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT.

The Nissan 360 Safety shield, with intelligent autonomous emergency braking, including pedestrian detection and rear self-stopping, will be offered, as will lane departure, rear cross traffic and blind spot warnings.

Driven briefly, the Versa is, like the Kicks is pretty serene unless pushed hard, when it becomes a bit vocal. Like the Kicks, the Versa delivers adequate power and no more, and requires a lot of throttle to gain any incremental speed on the highway. However, once a steady cruising speed is attained, refinement, except for perhaps too much road noise, is quite impressive for a car in this segment. The Versa’s steering is not as tactile as that of the related Kicks and it didn’t hold its line on highway as well either.

The front seats feel a bit thin at first but have nicely contoured backrests and prove comfortable enough over a several hour run. Compared with the Kicks, rear seat room is diminished by the lower roofline and the lower-mounted seats.

The unbranded audio system in our SR sedan sounded better than the Bose-branded equipment in the Kicks SR Premium, but the air-conditioner was barely adequate in sweltering Toronto weather.

With air-conditioning, forward collision warning, including for pedestrians, autonomous emergency braking, including in reverse, is nicely equipped and priced aggressively. The CVT transmission is a $1500 option on the S and standard on the other trims. Stepping up to the SV adds alloy wheels, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, auto air conditioning, heated front seats, a driver drowsiness warning, the iOS-Android cellphone interface, upgraded fabrics, wireless cellphone charging and a 60/40 split-fold rear seat, which makes it a bargain. The SR includes a few sporty trim accents, enhanced cabin trim, two extra speakers, remote starting, front door keyless opening via handle-mounted buttons, a trunk spoiler, L.E.D. headlamps, a leather wrapped steering wheel and mirror-mounted turn signals, and is very good value.

Predicted reliability is average to below average. Smaller Nissans generate much higher than average servicing and repair costs. The CVT transmission often expires just after the warranty ends and premature failure of components such a ball joints are accompanied by massive repair bills.

Last update: June 27, 2023


  • Engine

    1.6L-4 (122 HP estimated)
  • Transmissions

    5M, CVT*
  • Fuel consumption

    City: 7.4L/100 km Road: 5.9L/100 km
  • Drive Layout

    Front-wheel drive
  • Body Style




What’s new this year?

Mid-cycle update including a new grille and fascia up front, revised fabrics on the SV, a revised centre console and wireless cellphone charging on the SV and SR trims and a new eight inch display screen on the SR.

Starting from  $ 18 298

What dealers pay$ 22 222

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Report - October 2, 2023
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$ 0 $ 18 298
$ 0 $ 19 798
$ 0 $ 21 498
$ 0 $ 22 798
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$ 0 $ 1 800
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