Santa Barbara Nissan Shoppers Find Reliability In The 2018 Nissan Versa

Some people need a car decked out with all the latest bells and whistles. For those who want a good, solid, basic car, there’s the 2018 Nissan Versa. The Versa is a reliable subcompact sedan that’s ideal for buyers on a budget, students, or anyone who wants a great ride with lots of room for passengers and their stuff. According to the Central Coast Nissan dealer, the Versa gets excellent fuel economy, so you’ll save money on gas, too. You really get a lot of car for the price, so if you’re looking for something basic, you’ll want to take a look at the Nissan Versa.

There are a few notable changes for 2018. New standard equipment includes a rearview monitor, intermittent windshield wipers and adjustable front headrests. Music lovers will appreciate the standard audio system, which comes with a 7-inch touchscreen. On the outside, buyers will love the new paint color, called Deep Blue Pearl.

The 2018 Nissan Versa seats five passengers and is available in three trim levels, listed as S, S Plus and SV. Nissan also manufactures a hatchback called the Versa Note. Although the Versa Note shares the Versa name with its cousin, it’s really a separate vehicle in its own right, so we’re not covering it here. The base S trim is the right choice for buyers who are looking for a great ride with no frills. Those looking for more standard features can choose the S Plus and SV models.

The reviewer at CarGurus wrote: “... the 2018 Nissan Versa is an extremely affordable subcompact car that is not only comfortable enough for the daily commute, but also offers modern features like a reversing camera and voice-controlled texting. Have we mentioned that it’s one of the least expensive new cars on the market today?”

Powering the Versa is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that develops 109 horses and 107 lb.-ft. of torque. On the S Plus and SV trims, this engine is paired to a CVT, while the S gets a five-speed manual gearbox. All models get front-wheel drive. The 2018 Nissan Versa gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway with the five-speed manual.* The CVT returns 31 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.

Despite the small price tag, Versa owners will enjoy a quiet and comfortable ride. The suspension is excellent and helps to deliver a smooth ride, even when driving over bumps in the road. The steering is crisp, and the small turning radius makes the Versa easy to maneuver and park. There’s a great deal of legroom in the backseat, outdoing much of the competition. Tall passengers will be comfortable, too, thanks to the large amount of headroom offered by the 2019 Nissan Versa.

* All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.