2013 Nissan Versa Overview
2013 Nissan Versa Overview
The Nissan Versa is a small compact car in production from 2004 to the present under a number of nameplates internationally and as the Versa in North America only. All models have four doors and either have had either a hatchback or a sedan layout with current models available as sedans only. Likewise four and front-wheel drive models have been available and current models use a front wheel drive setup only. Since production began the Versa has underwent a single major redesign with the 2011 models, and it is currently still in its second generation with modest changes from the previous models.
The Nissan Versa has been best known for its affordability, and with hatchback models, its sporty and fun exterior appearance. It has also received good ratings in the areas of interior roominess for its size and for dependability. The 2013 Nissan Versa gets high marks for its affordability—it being one of the more affordable models in its class, good back row legroom, a large trunk for the size, a comfortable ride on most surfaces, and a comfortable feel to the brake pedal. It has received some criticism for its lower quality interior, the overall feel while traveling at highway speeds, and excess wind and road noise at high speeds.
Nissan offers the Versa in four base trims with a number of options available at each level; 1.6 S sedan, 1.6 S+ sedan, 1.6 SV sedan, and 1.6 SL sedan. Pricing is very low at all levels and compared to other compact models.
New for 2013
The biggest change for 2013 is improved gas mileage, models with a continuously variable automatic transmission now get an EPA estimated 40 mpg on the highway. In addition a number of features have been added at different trim levels. The S model adds a trunk light, the SV a cloth door trim, chrome door handles, and armrests for the driver seat, and the SL has been equipped with Nissan’s Intelligent Key, a remote trunk release, and sun visor extenders. Otherwise the interior of the Versa is actually of a lower quality than previous editions, much like the limited exterior design cues.
No hatchback models have been released for 2013, those noted for their sporty looks. Nissan’s Versa is compact with four doors and a very non-descript exterior, even short some of the styling cues which set other sedans in their lineup apart from some competitors. The only really recognizable detail which would identify it is perhaps the logo in the center of Nissan’s dark horizontally-barred grille area. Some models do receive chrome accents and a number of colors and finishes are available. Perhaps the one positive about the exterior body style is the low drag coefficient of 0.31 which may have helped it achieve its 40 mpg highway rating. This however has not diminished a somewhat noisy and awkward ride once drivers get up to highway speeds. 15-inch wheels are standard and 16-inch wheels are optional. Other options include fog lights and a rear spoiler.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Nissan Versa seats five people surprisingly comfortably in two front bucket seats and a rear bench seat. Within its class and for its dimensions it is one of the roomiest models available. The interior features very low quality cloth material and low-quality controls which may not appear attractive to many drivers, and which are a step down from what was offered the previous model year. Standard features are very limited as well comprising of a CD player and air conditioning, what might be expected from an entry level model a decade prior. Even power windows, mirrors, and cruise control are only optional. Also optional is a 60/40-split folding backseat, which may present cargo problems if buyers are not aware until it is time to help someone move. On a more technologically advanced note, navigation is optional.
Safety features include front and side-impact airbags for the front row and side curtain airbags for the rear, antilock brakes, electronic stability, and an optional backup camera.
The Nissan Versa has a 109-hp, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, gasoline engine and drivers can choose in between three transmission setups: four-speed automatic with overdrive, five-speed manual with overdrive, and a two-speed CVT with overdrive. The Versa offers a comfortable ride at surface-street speeds but can become noisy and can lose its composure when brought up to highway speeds. Handling is poor. Gas mileage is excellent however, rated 26/35 to 31/40 mpg city/highway with the best gas mileage on the two-speed continuously variable transmission models.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Nissan Versa
- Hyundai Accent
- Toyota Yaris
- Ford Fiesta
The 2013 Nissan Versa has 4 models that range from $11,990 - $16,890. The 2013 Versa is a sedan with front wheel drive that gets between 26 mpg (city) - 35 mpg (highway) fuel efficiency using a 1.6L I4 engine. The 2013 Nissan Versa has a seating capacity of 5/5, wheelbase is 102.4 inches, cargo capacity of 14.90 cu.ft., and ground clearance of N/R inches. Choose one of the trims like the 2013 1.6 S FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 to get specific details on prices, rebates, and warranties.