2012 Nissan Versa Sedan & Hatchback


Pros: Inexpensive; Spacious interior and trunk; Fuel economy; Comfortable ride

Cons: Cheap interior plastics; Poor acceleration; Road noise; Not many features on the base S

The 2012 Nissan Versa offers and incredible value for the money, regardless of which body style you choose. The Versa Sedan has gone under the knife this year but the Hatchback remains the same. Although both differ in design they share the same basic virtues such as easy driving dynamics, a comfortable ride, roomy cabins and simple to use controls.

From the outside you may think that the Versa offers very little in the way of space and comfort. But, it is actually quite the opposite. The Versa offers more leg room than some midsize sedans and its overall cargo space is rather large for a subcompact vehicle. Even if you are gifted with height, you will find that that rear seats offer plenty of head and legroom and that the overstuffed seats are comfortable during around town commutes.

The Sedan now features a smaller 1.6-liter, 109-hp engine and its Hatchback sibling still houses a 1.8-liter, 122-hp engine under the hood. The Sedans acceleration is slightly worse however it may be worth it to most drivers for its gain in fuel economy. There is plenty of engine noise with both engines but I doubt that will be enough to deter buyers who want basic and reliable transportation.

No matter how you slice it the Nissan Versa is still one of the cheapest cars on the market, as long as you don’t mind sacrificing features. For those who do mind, higher trim levels offer pretty much everything a commuter could want for a reasonable price.

The 2012 Versa sedan is available in three trim levels- the S, SV and the SL. The basic S model comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, AC, a height adjustable driver seat and a 2-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary jack. You can equip the S model with an automatic transmission which will give you two additional speakers, cruise control and a trunk light as part of the S Cruise Control Package.

The midlevel SV sedan will add the Cruise Control Package plus keyless entry, power everything and upgraded cloth upholstery and gauges. Adding the SV Convenience Package will get you Bluetooth® and an iPod® interface. Stepping up to the SL model will add the Convenience Package plus 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. On the SL you have the option to add a Tech Package that will add a navigation system and a touchscreen interface with satellite radio.

The 2012 Versa hatchback is available in two trim levels- S and SL. Standard amenities found on the base S model includes 15-inch steel wheels, power everything, AC, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and a 4-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary jack.  An available Plus Package will add keyless entry along with cruise control. A Convenience Package is also available when equipped with an automatic transmission that will add Bluetooth®, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and an iPod® interface.  Adding the Special Addition Package will simply get you all of the above mentioned items grouped together along with 15-inch alloy wheels which are also available as a stand-alone option.

Going for the hatchback SL will get you all of the features found on the S, including optional items, plus keyless ignition and entry, upgraded cloth upholstery with a height adjustable driver seat, front and rear passenger arm rests, an auto dimming rearview mirror and a 6-speaker sound system. The Special Edition package is available on both S and SL models and adds a navigation system and a touchscreen interface with satellite radio.

Regardless of body style, standard safety features include stability and traction control, antilock brakes with brake assist, a tire pressure monitoring system, front airbags, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags.

Warranty Information
Every new 2012 Nissan has got you covered with limited vehicle coverage for 3 years or 36,000 miles and a limited powertrain warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever occurs first. A Federal Emission Performance Warranty is also included as well as other various emission warranties.  Seat belt related components are covered for 10 years/unlimited miles and a tire limited warranty is also included but varies depending on the brand of tire that comes on your new vehicle.


Available Trims MSRP
2012 Versa Sedan 1.6 S $10,990
2012 Versa Sedan 1.6 SV $14,980
2012 Versa Sedan 1.6 SL $15,990
2012 Versa Hatchback 1.8 S $14,670
2012 Versa Hatchback 1.8 SL $18,590
Similar Vehicles  MSRP
2012 Ford Fiesta $15,465
2012 Hyundai Accent $16,070
2012 Kia Rio $15,250

EPA Ratings




Fuel Economy (city/highway)

Versa Sedan 1.6 S

1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine

5-speed manual transmission


Versa Sedan 1.6 S, 1.6 SV & 1.6 SL

1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine

Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission


Versa Hatchback 1.8 S

1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine

4-speed automatic transmission


Versa Hatchback 1.8 S

1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine

6-speed manual transmission


Versa Hatchback 1.8 SL

1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine

Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission



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