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2012 Nissan Versa Overview (See Available Styles)

2012 marks the beginning of the second generation for the Nissan Versa, and this means a complete exterior redesign for sedan styles, new interior features, and slightly different engine options. The Versa competes with other affordable sedans and hatchbacks including the Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris, and Ford Fiesta.

Hatchback styles of the Versa are propelled by the same 122-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine as the previous year. Four-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions are available for the hatchback. The sedan gets a slight upgrade with a 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, giving it slightly more power than the 2011 version. Transmission options for the sedan include a five-speed manual and a CVT.

Fuel economy for the Versa varies depending on transmission options and whether you opt for the sedan and the hatchback. The Versa gets anywhere from 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway (for a hatchback with an automatic transmission), to 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway (for a sedan with a CVT).

For 2012, the Versa sedan receives a completely new look, abandoning its stubby design and opting for a more arching body style with pointed lights. The Versa still isn’t a head-turner, although the new front grille is a nice touch. Fog lights, a rear spoiler, a chrome grille, and LED brake lights come standard in higher trims. 15-inch all-season tires are standard, but the hatchback can be fitted with 16-inch tires.

Sedan styles benefit from an extra cubic foot of cargo volume, but lose four feet of passenger volume thanks to the redesign. The standard interior features list, including air conditioning and a trip computer, is short, but that helps the Versa to hold onto one of the lowest base prices on the market. Upgrading to the SL trim gets you Bluetooth®, power doors and windows, and cruise control. A navigation system with live traffic comes as part of the technology package.

You’ll find six standard air bags in all trims of the Nissan Versa. Other safety features include traction control, LATCH for drivers with young children, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

With a new look and better gas mileage, the 2012 Nissan Versa continues to be one of the best values on the road today. So if you’re in the market for affordable transportation, the Versa deserves a hard look.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 26 - 30 MPG
  • Highway: 31 - 38 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ***
  • Side Crash: ****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

50 of 63 (79%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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