A super-sipper 109-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder posts impressive mpg numbers, especially when connected to the optional continuously variable transmission that hits 40 mpg highway; four-speed automatic transmission still available on starter sedans.
The Versa has always played the role of a magician, with plenty up its sleeve. It has a deceptively small footprint, but once you’re inside there’s acres of legroom and headroom. It’s an approach that has earned a devoted following for the past six years, even more so with the sedan’s heavy revision for the 2015 model year. The changes are inspired by and taken from the Versa Note hatchback and include a more substantial front end with revised headlights and fog-light surrounds and similar alterations in the rear. The interior gets different backlighting and reshaped center stack, a thicker steering wheel and newly standard Bluetooth short-range networking. The Versa sedan still runs with a 109-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder as well as the optional 122-horsepower 1.8-liter. A five-speed manual gearbox and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) option carries, as does the optional four-speed automatic at a lower price than the CVT. Fuel economy with the CVT is excellent: it does 31 mpg in the city and the 40 mpg on the highway. Part of that has to do with the rear spoiler that makes it slipperier in the wind. The $12,800 base price, including destination charges, makes it one of the least expensive cars on the road. The S trim level includes air conditioning and an adjustable steering wheel, however you’ll have to use window cranks — remember those? — to work the window glass, unlock the front doors using a key and live with a non-folding rear seat. Those items are included when you spring for the S Plus and SV, along with the CVT, cruise control, power-adjustable side mirrors and up-level seat covers and instrumentation. For 2015, the SL also adds the previously optional 17-inch alloy wheels along with keyless entry, sun visors, driver’s armrest and upgraded audio system. Satellite radio and a navigation are extra-cost SL options.