2011 Nissan Versa  -  $10,750

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $10,750
Base Invoice: $10,519
Destination Charge: $760
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn I4 Manual 1.6 Base
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 29 | City: 26 | Hwy: 34
Body Style: 4dr Sdn I4 Manual 1.6 Base
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
Engine: 1.6L DOHC 16-valve SMPFI I4 engine


Smooth, refined ride; fuel economy; roomy back seat; low base price; low ownership cost; premium options available

Model News

The Versa carries into 2011 with no significant changes after receiving a reconfigured feature set last year. The only minor equipment news includes the expansion of anti-lock brakes availability to all models.

Value Writeup

The Versa has one of the lowest base sticker prices of any vehicle for sale in the U.S., which makes it extremely attractive for anyone who'd like to get a new car (and a new-car warranty) on a used-car budget. But that's not all it has going for it; the Versa has the ride quality of a larger car, as well as more interior space than most other cars its size (rivaled only, in practical terms, by the Honda Fit).

Nissan's most affordable car also shined on other practical points-- it's consistently rated as one least expensive vehicles to own and it has received a ?good' rating from the IIHS in several major categories.

Model Highlights

The front-wheel-drive Versa is offered in 4-door hatchback and 5-door sedan body styles; the sedan is offered either with 1.6- or 1.8-liter engine variants, while the hatch is only available in 1.8-liter form.

A 107-hp, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine is included on those basic 1.6 models, but the rest of the lineup comes with a 122-hp, 1.8-liter four. Both engines have a modern aluminum-block, double-overhead-cam design. Models with the 1.6-liter engine get a standard 5-speed manual gearbox and a 4-speed automatic is available. The 1.8-liter models come with a standard 6-speed manual and offer optional 4-speed and CVT transmissions.

Among all these powertrain combinations, the 1.8-liter feels sprightly with the 6-speed manual and confident with either of the automatic options. The 1.6-liter feels a bit slower with the 4-speed automatic, but is capable of achieving 26 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Opt for the 1.8-liter and CVT for the highest mileage, at 28 mpg city, 34 highway.

The Versa has a rather conventional suspension layout for a small car with struts in front, a torsion-beam setup in back and stabilizer bars. Ride quality is smooth and well-damped, with a more settled, secure feel overall than many other small cars and the electric power steering feels precise and confidence-inspiring. The standard braking system includes discs in front and drums in back and anti-lock brakes are standard on all but the 1.6 Base model, on which they are a $250 option.

Passive safety features are well-represented in the Versa; a full roster of airbags comes standard and includes front-seat chest-protecting side airbags as well as head-protecting side-curtain bags for front and rear outboard occupants. Active headrests are also included in front. However electronic stability control is only standard on the 1.8 SL model.

Whether you choose the sedan or hatchback, the Versa is surprisingly spacious inside for such a small vehicle; in particular, the back seat is unusual in that it can comfortably accommodate two adults, even with enough headroom for taller passengers--or three kids across in back. Hatchback models include a 60/40-split folding back seat that can accommodate larger cargo items.

Base 1.6 Sedans have very simple appointments and as they're among the lowest-priced vehicles on the market, feature offerings are quite slim. 1.8 S are the least expensive models with the larger engine and include a few more features such as upgraded upholstery, chrome trim and a 120-watt CD sound system with aux input. Then 1.8 SL models step up to alloy wheels, a front armrest and an iPod interface. Top options are grouped into packages-- most noteworthy packages include a Convenience Package that includes an Intelligent Key system, Bluetooth hands-free interface and leather trim and a Navigation/Satellite Package, which adds an in-dash navigation system and Satellite Radio capability. Anti-lock brakes, stability control and a moonroof round out the option list.

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

EPA Classification

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
34 MPG

Cruising Range - City
343.20 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
26 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
29 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
448.80 mi

Engine Order Code

Engine Type
Gas I4


Fuel System

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
107 @ 6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
111 @ 4600

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Total Cooling System Capacity
7.2 qts

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
94.3 ft³

Front Head Room
40.6 in

Front Leg Room
41.4 in

Front Shoulder Room
53.5 in

Front Hip Room
48.8 in

Second Head Room
37.9 in

Second Leg Room
38.0 in

Second Shoulder Room
50.7 in

Second Hip Room
47.2 in

102.4 in

Length, Overall
176.0 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
66.7 in

Height, Overall
60.4 in

Track Width, Front
58.3 in

Track Width, Rear
58.5 in

Min Ground Clearance
6.3 in

Liftover Height
27.8 in

Trunk Volume
13.8 ft³

Base Curb Weight
2516 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
0.91 in

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear
0.87 in

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
14 x 5.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
14 x 5.0 in

Spare Wheel Size
15 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material

Steering Type

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Brake Type

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.02 x 0.95 in

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

Rear Drum Diam x Width
9.0 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
13.2 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Emissions Years

Emissions Years

Emissions Years

Emissions Miles/km

Emissions Miles/km

Emissions Miles/km


Mfg's Report Date
MAY 24, 2016


Potential Number of Units Affected

Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2003-2008 Infiniti FX35 and FX45, 2003-2004 Infiniti I35, 2006-2010 Infiniti M35 and M45, and 2007-2011 Nissan Versa vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, Nissan is recalling certain model year 2005-2008 Infiniti FX35 and FX45, 2003-2004 Infiniti I30 and I35, 2006-2008 Infiniti M35 and M45, and 2007-2008 Nissan Versa vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Lastly, unless included in "Zone A" or "...

An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Owners will be sent an interim notification on July 22, 2016. A second notice will be mailed when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


Mfg's Report Date
SEP 14, 2015


Potential Number of Units Affected

Nissan (Nissan North America, Inc.) is recalling certain model year 2007-2012 Nissan Versa vehicles manufactured May 8, 2006, to November 12, 2012, that were sold or ever registered in the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Road salt may corrode the front coil springs, possibly resulting in the coil springs fracturing.

If a front coil spring fractures, it may contact the tire, possibly puncturing it, increasing the risk of a crash.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front coil springs, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-November 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Frontal crash test results are valid for 2011 model year vehicles manufactured before July 2, 2010.

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Not Applicable

1.6L DOHC 16-valve SMPFI I4 engine

Engine mounts -inc: (2) solid, (1) liquid-filled

5-speed manual transmission w/OD

Front wheel drive

Battery saver

Independent strut front suspension w/stabilizer bar

Torsion beam rear suspension w/stabilizer bar

Electric speed-sensitive variable-assist pwr steering

Pwr front vented disc/rear drum brakes

14" x 5.0" steel wheels w/full wheel covers

P185/65R14 all-season tires

Compact spare tire

Body color front/rear bumpers

Body-color front/rear fascia

Black grille

Multi-reflector halogen headlamps

Black manual folding mirrors

Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/mist function

Black door handles

Black deck lid finisher

Audio pre-wire w/(4) speakers

Roof mounted antenna

Reclining front bucket seats w/active adjustable headrests

4-way manual driver seat

4-way manual adjustable passenger seat

Rear bench seat

Suede-tricot cloth seat trim

Dual front & rear cup holders

Tilt steering column

Black IP trim finisher


Fasten seat belt warning light/chime

Pwr door locks -inc: auto-lock

Pwr windows

Remote fuel lid release

Immobilizer system

Manual rear trunk release

Rear window defroster w/timer

12V pwr outlet

Door armrests

Driver & front passenger map pockets

Front & rear passenger folding assist grips

Carpeted floor & cargo area

"Reddish orange" interior illumination

Rear parcel shelf

Clutch interlock

Energy absorbing front/rear bumpers

Steel side-door impact beams

Zone body construction -inc: front/rear crumple zones, hood deformation point

Dual-stage front airbags w/occupant classification system

Front side-impact airbags

Front & rear side curtain airbags

3-point ELR driver seat belt w/pretensioner & load limiter

3-point ELR/ALR front passenger seat belt w/pretensioner & load limiter

3-point ELR/ALR rear seat belts at all positions

Child safety rear door locks

Rear child seat tether anchors (LATCH)

Emergency interior trunk release

Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

Energy absorbing steering column












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