2023 Nissan Versa in Wellesley

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2023 Nissan Versa

Fairly priced and reliable transportation is crucial for a lot of folks, whether they're young and just getting started or just plain frugal. If you consider yourself to be in this category, then the revised 2023 Nissan Versa should be on your short list: it's been improved in nearly every respect, making this facelift seem more like a redesign. The smallest Nissan starts with a premium appearance and a better assortment of sought-after features. In fact, the 2023 Versa comes with the most standard safety features in its segment, plus it has some class-exclusive available amenities such as intelligent cruise control, reverse automatic braking, and wireless phone charging.

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Premium features, economy price.

Nissan has improved this economy-minded sedan's style by reimagining the front fascia with the brand's updated signature V-motion grille and brand logo. Not only that, but the S trim is now eligible for the new S+ Package, which provides 16-inch wheels, a 60/40-split folding rear seatback, and the NissanConnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Improvements have also been made to the mid-range SV trim, which now has a wireless phone charger, a rich Chambray-colored interior, and a center console armrest with storage. The top-tier SR rounds off the list of changes with an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, intelligent cruise control, automatic climate control, 17-inch wheels, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and NissanConnect remote vehicle services.

Est. Economy

32/40MPG

with CVT

Horsepower

122 HP

1.6L 4-cyl engine

Starting at

$15,730 

MSRP

Trims, Powertrain, and Fuel Economy

The three trims on offer with the front-wheel-drive 2023 Versa are S, SV, and SR. A 122-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine forms the powertrain with either a standard five-speed manual transmission (in the S) or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in the SV and SR (it's optional for the S). Fuel economy is a major highlight of the Versa, as the CVT-equipped trims return an EPA-estimated 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway; with the manual, those ratings change to 27 city/35 highway.

Premium Amenities

Despite its economy car status, the '23 Versa doesn't skimp on the high-grade equipment. While the entry-level S comes with the most basic features, like manual air conditioning, manually adjustable front seats, and cloth upholstery, the SV adds automatic on/off headlights, Nissan Intelligent Key (aka proximity entry), push-button ignition, a wireless phone charger, the brand's 7-inch Advanced Drive-Assist display (which is Nissan's exclusive digital gauge cluster), a center console armrest with storage, and a 60/40-split folding rear seatback. In addition to its more daring appearance, characterized by darkened exterior accents and a rear spoiler, the SR has some advanced equipment. The list includes heated front seats, remote start with climate control settings, LED headlights, heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, single-zone automatic climate control, sport cloth upholstery, Prima-Tex synthetic leather dash trim, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. To top it off, this trim is also compatible with smartphone-based NissanConnect remote vehicle services.

Nissan Safety Shield 360

The S shows up other subcompact base trims with a range of advanced driving aids that include intelligent forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, and hill start assist. The SV and SR are upgraded with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and driver attention monitoring. Intelligent cruise control comes standard on the SR.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The multimedia system in the S can be controlled using its 7-inch touchscreen or voice recognition. Its other features are Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and a four-speaker sound system. The SV is enhanced with NissanConnect infotainment, smartphone connect (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), and SiriusXM satellite radio. The SR moves up to an 8-inch touchscreen and two additional speakers. For plugging in, the S has a trio of USB-A ports and a 12-volt power outlet. Two of those USB-A ports are replaced by USB-C ports in the SV. Meanwhile, the SR gets an extra USB-C port, giving it four in total.