2016 Nissan Versa Overview and Comparisons
The 2016 Nissan Versa is a spacious daily driver that delivers high value alongside great gas mileage. Those in the market for a reliable small sedan that’s a true saver at the pump will be drawn to this stellar subcompact model.
For your everyday routes around Cherry Hill, Mount Laurel, Collingswood, and beyond, the Versa is a natural. Read below to find out more about the capable Versa sedan.
Efficiency and Handling
The Versa’s smart engine-transmission set work together to produce the car’s sky-high efficiency marks. You can stick with the Versa’s default transmission match, a five-speed manual, which returns an EPA-estimated 27 city and 36 highway mpg or upgrade to the continuously variable transmission (CVT) that brings back up to 31 city and 40 highway mpg, or a 35.5 mpg average, which is outstanding for the subcompact class. Either transmission translates the 1.6-liter four-cylinder motor’s 109 horsepower with confidence.
The Versa’s small size and tight turning radius work to the driver’s advantage when parallel parking in urban environments or travelling narrow streets. Even so, the subcompact doesn’t feel tight in terms of visibility; an open view from all sides helps drivers keep perspective on the road.
The 2016 Versa features a straightforward inner shell with an emphasis on value. Standard entertainment includes a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, and steering wheel–mounted controls for easy setting changes on the go.
In terms of cargo, the Versa is an overachiever. When it comes to hauling your loot from a day of shopping at the Cherry Hill Mall, loading up for a daytrip, or making a major dent in helping a friend move, the Nissan Versa’s cargo space certainly comes in handy. At 14.9 cubic feet, we haven’t been able to find a subcompact in the segment that offers more.
Safety and Warranty
The Nissan Versa comes fully equipped with on-road safety necessities stationed throughout its cabin, from front and rear head airbags to dual front side-mounted airbags, and underlying systems that are always on guard over the course of your travels. A few of these include emergency braking assist and stability and traction control.
Versa buyers also benefit from a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
Versa vs. the Competition
When sparring off with others in the subcompact segment, the Nissan Versa is hard to beat. The 2016 Versa champions in the areas of efficiency and interior space that extends well beyond its conceivable size.
Opting for the hatchback version of the Versa, the Versa Note, gives buyers even more inner adaptability. To-be Note owners get a subcompact ride with big personality, add custom color accents to your model, inside and out, in the all-new Note Color Studio.
2016 Nissan Versa vs. 2016 Hyundai Accent
The 2016 Hyundai Accent earns praise for its comfortable, hushed ride. The car has scored well in several categories but can’t contend with the Versa’s out-of-this-world mpg stats, even with its automatic transmission. The EPA estimates that the 2016 Accent earns 26 mpg for city and 37 mpg for highway driving, which is an average of 3.5 mpg behind the Versa’s fuel-sipping abilities.
Another area where the Accent falters in terms of value is its standard convenience features. Nowadays, hands-free calling via Bluetooth and steering wheel–mounted controls are considered travel necessities, especially for a 2016 model. The high-value Versa manages to make room for these connectivity essentials, while the Accent seems to forget them on its entry model.
2016 Nissan Versa vs. 2016 Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta may be fun to drive, but is race-inspired handling a trade-off for seating comfort? You decide. Aside from excelling during joyrides, the Fiesta doesn’t come close to the CVT Versa’s 31/40 mpg split, its base model starting out at 27/37 mpg when equipped with the automatic transmission.
With 2 fewer cubic feet of space available in the 2016 Fiesta trunk compared to the Versa’s expanse of load room, forget to pack light and you may be leaving a suitcase or two at home.
2016 Nissan Versa vs. 2016 Honda Fit
You know what they say about the shoe fitting, and if the car fits, we suppose it’s appropriate for driving. Several of the 2016 Honda Fit’s categories point to a pleasant driving experience, like its ample use of space and fuel economy stats that are right up there with the Versa’s. There’s a place where the Versa outshines Honda’s famed subcompact: engine power.
Let’s break it down in terms of weight and horsepower. The 2016 Nissan Versa’s engine makes 109 horsepower and its average curb weight hovers around 2,425 lbs, depending on the equipment you select. The 2016 Fit’s motor produces up to 130 horsepower but wears roughly 150 more lbs that it needs to get moving.
What does this all mean for highway travel? The Versa has the oomph to navigate the fast lane, while the Fit is made more for passing by.
2016 Nissan Versa vs. 2016 Toyota Yaris
The 2016 Yaris is another subcompact challenger that appears to be on par with the Nissan Versa, at least from a high level. The Yaris’ fuel efficiency marks almost close the gap between the Versa’s untouchable stats and the rest of the segment and inside it offers an updated realm with soft touch surfaces.
One part of the Yaris that could still use an upgrade is its outdated four-speed automatic transmission that can’t compare to the Versa’s CVT that’s on the cutting edge of smooth shifting, reflecting the abilities of a gearbox with two or more gears than the Yaris.
Head to Cherry Hill Nissan to Test Drive the 2016 Nissan Versa
We hope that these different snapshots of the Nissan Versa’s performance across categories and against its competitors gave Cherry Hill, Mount Laurel, and Collingswood area buyers a better picture of the subcompact’s stellar abilities.
If you’re after an exceptionally efficient commuter that defies the boundaries of subcompact space, you have to get behind the wheel of the 2016 Versa! Schedule your test drive with Cherry Hill Nissan today.