If you need a low-priced commuter car, take a look at the 2021 Nissan Versa. This small sedan’s family-friendly interior and easy-to-use features will appeal to a lot of people. Strong fuel economy also makes the Versa an even better option for drivers on a budget. Let’s take a closer look at what this vehicle has to offer.
What’s New for 2021?
After receiving a full redesign a year ago, the Nissan Versa returns for 2021 with very few changes. While the Versa remains among America’s least expensive rides, its starting price has increased just slightly.
What Styles Does It Come In?
The 2021 Nissan Versa is a compact sedan, which can hold up to five passengers. Front-wheel drive is found throughout the lineup.
What Trim Levels Does It Come In?
The Nissan Versa’s lineup has three trim levels. Buyers looking to save the most money will be interested in the base S model. There are plenty of must-have features on the inside. Nissan’s infotainment unit includes a 7.0-inch touch display. Standard Siri Eyes Free also allows iPhone users to make voice commands. Other standard equipment consists of Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo, and three USB ports.
In the middle of the lineup is the Versa SV. Upgraded alloy wheels help boosts the sedan’s exterior styling. Drivers will especially appreciate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which make it easier for drivers to access their smartphone’s functions. Upgraded cloth upholstery and satellite radio are also found on the Versa SV.
Atop the range is the Versa SR. It looks noticeably sportier than the other trims. Nissan upgrades the SR trim’s interior with sport cloth upholstery and a six-speaker audio system. Remote start is another nice feature. A Convenience package is on the Versa SR’s list of options, which brings heated front seats and automatic climate control.
Recently redesigned last year, the 2021 Nissan Versa is a rather attractive car. It shares many design cues with the new Nissan Altima. Nissan’s signature V-Motion grille helps give the front end a modern look. Meanwhile, a floating roof enhance the Versa’s sleek shape. Vibrant paint colors, like Electric Blue Metallic and Monarch Orange, further bolster the car’s appearance.
Drivers seeking a flashier look should step up to the sporty SR trim. Nissan equips it with a rear spoiler and blacked-out grille. Larger 17-inch alloy wheels also make the Versa SR look more appealing. Remember, only the range-topping SR trim receives LED headlights.
Using the car’s Nissan Connect infotainment system proves to be a simple task. Its color touchscreen is integrated neatly into the dash. The top trim levels provide Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, thus giving drivers direct access to their mobile apps and phone contacts. Push-button start comes standard on every new 2021 Nissan Versa. Although a premium audio system is not available, the SR model’s six-speaker unit produces a more satisfying sound.
Nissan equips every trim with the same 122-horsepower engine. Although the Versa may not be a powerhouse, it does pack a bit more performance than some of its closest competitors. This compact sedan is ideal for running daily errands. An available continuous variable transmission helps ensure great fuel economy on the open road.
The new Versa handles much better than its predecessor. Responsive steering and a nicely tuned suspension help ensure a pleasing driving experience. Ride comfort is also impressive for a compact vehicle.
When equipped with a manual transmission, the 2021 Nissan Versa is rated to return an EPA-estimated 27 mpg town/35 mpg freeway. Automatic-equipped models can deliver up to 32 mpg town/40 mpg freeway.
Quality and Comfort
The 2021 Nissan Versa has a high-quality interior. This is especially true for a vehicle that has a starting price under $15,000. Automotive reviewers also find the Versa’s cabin to be much quieter than the typical economy car.
Nissan's "Zero Gravity" front seats are extremely comfy. The new Versa continues to reward families with an impressive amount of legroom. However, taller people may desire more rear headroom. When shopping and taking weekend trips, families will appreciate the Versa’s 15 cubic feet of trunk space.
All three trims come standard with a forward collision warning system, which features built-in pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking. Lane departure warning is standard as well. Drivers who do a lot of highway commuting will be grateful for the optional blind-spot monitor. Other advanced safety tech includes intelligent cruise control and driver attention warning.
The 2021 Nissan Versa is more than just a cheap ride. A surprisingly high-quality interior and standard safety features make the Versa well worth the money. You should definitely go for a test drive.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here)
Note: All Nissan Versa MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.