2017 Nissan Versa Walk Around

Despite visual similarities to Nissan’s larger Sentra and Altima, the Versa has a look of its own, which is less than rousing. Especially in its lowest trim level, the Versa sedan has to be called plain, if not outright dowdy. Large swept-back headlights flank the chromed grille in a sculpted front end, yet few would declare the overall look graceful.

Sharing no sheetmetal with its sedan counterpart, the Note hatchback conveys a more attractive demeanor, helped by more suitable body proportions. Even so, the sedan outsells Nissan’s hatchback.


Though functional, the Versa cabin lacks any special styling flair. The Note version, in particular, looks bigger inside than its exterior dimensions suggest.

Dashboard appearance differs little between the hatchback and the sedan. Both body styles feature a dual-cockpit design. Hard plastic surfaces are abundant. That’s no surprise in the entry-level subcompact category, but Versa’s materials tend to feel hollow and thin.

Climate control is a simple process, using three knobs, but a gritty sensation is evident when using the switches and buttons.

Back seats are surprisingly sizable, allowing two average-size adults to sit in reasonable comfort, even when sitting behind similar-size front passengers. Upper trim levels include a folding rear seatback.

Front seats are well-bolstered at the sides, but their bottom cushions are short and flat. For a subcompact sedan, trunk space is sizable.

The Note hatchback promises greater utility, helped by its 60/40-split back seat. What Nissan calls a Divide-n-Hide Adjustable Floor provides recessed storage compartments beneath the cargo floor, keeping small items out of view of passing pedestrians.

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