The third-generation Nissan Versa received a full redesign and refresh in 2020, but that doesn’t mean 2021 is a year to rest on laurels. The 2021 Nissan Versa has been designed from top to bottom to inspire driver confidence with a full suite of advanced safety and driver-assist technologies and combines fashion and comfort both inside and out. Best of all, the Nissan Versa is one of the most economical vehicles on the market for the 2021 model year, with an extremely affordable starting MSRP and excellent fuel economy.
While SUVs and trucks may dominate the market, the five-passenger sub-compact sedan hasn’t lost its followers. There are many drivers who crave a simple yet sophisticated vehicle that is easy to drive, can park nearly anywhere, and has an easy-going fuel economy. The 2021 Versa is precisely such a vehicle. At the same time, the Versa offers plenty of features that make it fun to drive, day in and day out. Nissan also offers a variety of options to help drivers customize their ride while giving all the Versa trims plenty of standard features that drivers crave. Praised by automotive critics for its classy interior and expressive exterior design, the Nissan Versa is a subcompact sedan perfect for up to five travelers. For those looking to add a peppy sedan to their lives in 2021, the Nissan Versa provides a lot of vehicle at a budget-friendly price.
The drivability factor is one thing that keeps folks coming back to sedans. While they may never reach the top speeds of sports cars, they’re nimble, easy to steer, have short stopping distances, and make city driving incredibly convenient. The 2021 Nissan Versa is no exception, and Nissan has even tuned up the chassis for more stability in turns and during acceleration, along with adding a stiffer suspension for that road-hugging feeling and nimble maneuvering.
Under the hood of each Nissan Versa is a zippy and capable 1.6L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine that provides 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. While the automobile market has mostly transitioned away from manual transmissions in 2021, the Nissa Versa still offers drivers the choice of rowing their own gears. The S trim can be had with a five-speed manual transmission or Nissan’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which drivers have praised for its pronounced agility and responsiveness. However, the upper trims are available with Xtronic CVT only.
As for fuel economy, the Nissan Versa is gentle on your wallet. Those who opt for the manual transmission version can anticipate an EPA estimated 27 MPG city and 35 MPG highway for a combined rating of 30 MPG. Those who opt for the Xtronic CVT can look forward to an even better EPA estimated 32 MPG city and 40 MPG highway, for a combined fuel economy of 35 MPG. Either way, the 2021 Versa is as affordable to operate as it is to purchase.
Like many auto manufacturers, Nissan has been working diligently to make being on the roads as safe as possible for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians alike. But unlike many other brands, Nissan has dedicated itself to making its advanced safety technologies as available as possible rather than only offering them as part of optional packages. Despite its low price, the 2021 Versa includes a wide range of standard safety features across all of its trims.
Many strategic safety features have been engineered into the design of the 2021 Nissan Versa, including a total of 10 airbags, impact-absorbing crumple zones, and anti-lock brakes. Systems like Vehicle Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control step in automatically to help out automatically when the roads are slick and your wheels are spinning, giving drivers more control in all types of situations.
Nissan has also developed its Safety Shield 360 suite of safety and driver assistance features to help take some of the guesswork out of driving, allowing drivers to pay attention to what matters most. All 2021 Nissan Versa trims include Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, as well as Automatic Braking with Pedestrian Detection. A Rearview Monitor with Rear Automatic Braking is also standard on all Versas, providing the same sensing and collision prevention whether you’re traveling forward or backward. Lane Departure Alert will notify drivers if they start to drift over the detected lane markers, and is standard on all Versa models, as is automatic High Beam Assist.
Opting for the SV or SR trims will further add standard Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic alerts, providing you even more awareness of what is happening in your blind spots both on the highway and when pulling out of a parking place. The 2021 Versa even offers Intelligent Cruise Control as an option for the SR trim, allowing you to relax on the highway as the vehicle automatically adjusts your cruising speed to match the traffic ahead of you.
Of course, modern drivers need a little bit more than a fun ride with all the safety features. Given how much time the average driver spends in their car, it’s important to have some extras to make the ride comfortable, especially when you’re stuck in rush hour traffic. The 2021 Nissan Versa has all the right technology to make the inconvenience of traffic just a little more bearable.
The base S trim has the added option of manual or automatic transmission and comes well-equipped for the price. Not only does it include a host of standard driver assistance features, but all of the necessities are standard, as well. This includes remote keyless entry with push-button start, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Siri Eyes Free voice command compatibility, Bluetooth handsfree phone and text management with streaming audio, three USB ports, and an auxiliary jack. The four-speaker audio system includes AM/FM radio as well, giving drivers several options for on the go entertainment.
Stepping up to the SV trim adds smartphone compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also adds the full NissanConnect 7-inch color touchscreen interactive display, which allows drivers to control the information they see, as well as any connected devices, through an intuitive touch system. The SV trim also upgrades the interior with premium cloth seating and chrome door handles. On the outside, drivers in colder climates will enjoy the heated mirrors with LED turn signals.
The SR trim is a sportier take on the Versa, adding 17-inch five-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, LED headlamps, and a rear spoiler that matches the body color. Inside, the seats are trimmed with sport cloth. The SR also includes a Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button ignition and remote engine start and can be optioned with Intelligent Climate Control, so your car is comfortably waiting for you with just the push of a button. You’ll also an upgraded six-speaker system for superior sound quality. Finally, the SR trim can be optioned with the Convenience Package, which adds heated front seats, automatic temperature control, and intelligent cruise control for a premium driving experience.
All trims except the base S manual offer 60/40 folding rear seatbacks, providing an extension to the nearly 15 cubic feet of trunk space the car offers. This trunk pass-through design allows you to configure the Versa to fit the cargo you need to haul, rather than the other way around. The trunk opening is also lower and wider than before, which makes loading and unloading your cargo easier. Within the cabin, you’ll find more small storage spaces than ever, making it easy to stash all of the necessities you don’t want sliding around in the vehicle as you drive.