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2015 Nissan Versa

$11,990 to $17,590
27 City - 36 Hwy

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Changes for the 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan:

Without raising the car’s base price, Nissan makes subtle changes to the 2015 Versa Sedan’s interior and exterior while adding standard Bluetooth connectivity. The available NissanConnect infotainment system gains Mobile Apps technology this year, and a sporty looking Versa SV Sedan debuts with cosmetic enhancement.

Model Lineup:

The 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan is an entry-level car equipped with a large interior and trunk, and is sold in S, S Plus, SV, and SL trim levels. Air conditioning, Bluetooth, a tilt steering wheel, and a trip computer are standard in each of them, and the S Plus upgrades the car with cruise control, extra speakers, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The SV model is new for 2015, adding a sportier look, available 15-inch aluminum wheels, an upgraded interior with better gauges, and audio system improvements including a USB port. This model also has power windows, power door locks, and remote keyless entry.

Choose the SL model for all the extras, including NissanConnect with Mobile Apps technology including a 5-inch touchscreen display, satellite radio, text messaging capability and Bluetooth music streaming. The SL also has keyless passive entry with push-button starting, an Easy Fill Tire Alert system, side mirrors with turn signal indicators, fog lights, and 16-inch aluminum wheels.

Engines and Transmissions:

Every version of the Versa Sedan is equipped with a 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. A choice between a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 4-speed automatic transmission is offered for the S version of the car. The S Plus, SV, and SL models include a standard CVT.

Fuel Economy Ratings:

Regardless of the transmission selection, the Versa S Sedan is rated to get 30 mpg in combined driving, according to the EPA. Upgrade to a trim level with the CVT, and the Versa Sedan gets 35 mpg.

Safety Ratings:

As this summary is written, neither the NHTSA nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has published official crash-test ratings for the 2015 Versa Sedan.

Last year, this car earned a 4-star overall rating from the NHTSA, the result of mediocre 3-star ratings for the front passenger in a frontal-impact crash and for the driver in a side-impact crash. In tests conducted by the IIHS, the Versa Sedan received the top rating of Good in all assessments except the small overlap frontal-impact test, in which it earned the lowest rating of Poor for driver protection.

Technology Highlights:

Given its status as an entry-level car, the Nissan Versa Sedan isn’t a technological tour de force. However, the SL trim level includes NissanConnect with Mobile Apps technology, which includes a 5-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth audio streaming, and text messaging capability. It can be upgraded with a larger screen, a navigation system, voice recognition capability, and a reversing camera.

Bluetooth hands-free calling is standard on all versions except the base S model, and the SL model includes Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button starting as standard equipment.

Written by Christian Wardlaw

June 3, 2014