Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

2012 Nissan Versa 1.6 SL Sedan Review

Value-Packed Sedan

A three-quarter rear view of a 2012 Nissan Versa 1.6 SL Sedan

In short: A fuel-efficent, value-oriented compact sedan.

Featuring a fuel-sipping 1.6-liter 4-cylinder and Nissan's new Xtronic continuously variable transmission, the 2012 Versa sedan is a thrifty and efficient choice for those shopping in the small car segment. This value-packed compact commuter also comes with cool standard amenities like an audio system with auxiliary input and an iPod control function, Bluetooth connectivity and a trip computer, all of which are sure to woo students and young city dwellers. Stepping up to the Tech Package brings a navigation system with color touch-screen display, satellite radio and more.

Related Content:
Watch a video of the 2012 Nissan Versa Sedan

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty

Base Price: $15,560 / As Tested: $17,190

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 109 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 107 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: Xtronic continually variable transmission

Curb weight:
2,459 lbs
Wheelbase: 102.4 in
Length/Width/Height: 176/66.7/60.4 in

front disc brakes; rear drum brakes; ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist

Suspension: independent strut front; torsion beam rear
Traction: vehicle dynamic control with traction control system

EPA City:
30 mpg
EPA Highway: 38 mpg

dual-stage front airbags; seat-mounted side impact airbags; roof-mounted curtain side impact airbags


Check out other Nissan models
See all of our Automobile Reviews
Visit the Nissan website

Photography: AlphaMedia


Saddle up for GAYOT's Top 10 Westerns, featuring masterpieces from the all-time greats, including John Ford, Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood.

A stylish synthesis of power and performance, GAYOT's favorite muscle cars boast big, athletic engines and aggressive design cues.