2007 Nissan Versa Review

The 2007 Nissan Versa is Nissan’s answer to the Honda Fit and the Toyota Yaris. I’ll start off by saying I’m really not a big fan of the Versa’s styling. Truth is, I don’t really like any of the mini-cars on the road today, if we’re only talking about styling. The Versa is pretty ugly, at least in hatchback form. The sedan version is a little easier on the eyes.

Once you sit down in the Versa though, things really change. The first thing you’ll notice is that the seats are simply massive – Nissan managed to shoehorn Maxima-sized seats into this minicar – impressive. Of course, that means the seat adjustments are on the wrong side, but I digress. The Versa’s buttons and controls feel like they belong in a more expensive car; they certainly belong on a car that starts under $13,000. The ride is smooth, acceleration is smooth, if not quick.

A couple of the big techno-highlights on the Versa are features that no other mini-car currently has. A continuously variable transmission ( CVT for short ), Bluetooth technology, and keyless starting Intelligent Key System are all available, if you so choose. All in all, the Versa is a lot nicer than it has a right to be. Aesthetic issues aside, this is a fantastic small car.

2007 Nissan Versa Specs

  • 122 HP , 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine
  • 127 lb-ft of torque
  • 6 speed manual transmission standard, option 4 speed auto or CVT
  • Standard side & curtain airbags on all models
  • Starting price $12,550
  • Available in 5 door hatchback or sedan

2007 Nissan Versa Reviews

Edmunds.com reviews the 2007 Nissan Versa and writes – ‘The Versa is an acceptably comfortable cruiser. As a commuter car, you couldn’t find a nicer cockpit to stow passengers, but forget about running the canyons quickly. For its price, the list of equipment is hard to beat, and it’s put together with higher-quality materials than recent bottom-end Nissans. Except for its rather pedestrian dynamics, it’s a substantial banquet of goodness in a category that used to be as rewarding as a crust of bread.’

About:Cars reviews the 2007 Nissan Versa and is in love – ‘There’s no question this is my favorite ride of the “B” cars. Versa started life as a more upscale product than the competition, and I’m both happy and thankful Nissan brought it here “as is” instead of stripping it of personality and features to justify the cost. If you want to pay more for more features, have at it; the Versa offers the Intelligent Key entry and start system optional, as well as a power sunroof, redundant steering wheel audio controls, and leather-wrapped steering wheel.’

Automotive.com reviews the 2007 Nissan Versa and writes – ‘The Nissan Versa delivers decent performance and has a surprising amount of interior space. It feels much bigger than it actually is, which is also a good thing. The real joy, though, comes when its gas tank costs half as much to fill as it would for a large SUV, yet it’ll go just as far, if not further, on that tankful without having to sacrifice much in the way of performance, space or luxury. It’s no wonder the Versa is regarded as a near-luxury car in Japan.’

IGN.com reviews the 2007 Nissan Versa and praises the seats – ‘Nissan made a lot of hullabaloo about the foam inserts in the door and seats. Usually, this kind of talk means that the rest of the car isn’t so great, so the company has to think of something “neat” and “gimmicky” to sell the journalists on. But you know what? The generous use of foam in the doors and seats makes them incredibly comfortable. We found the interior of the Versa to be more comfortable than most cars we’ve spent time in.’

AutoMall USA reviews the 2007 Nissan Versa and approves of the CVT – ‘From the word go we were pleased with our experience in the car. It had plenty of zip and there was no problem merging into traffic on a fast free-flowing freeway. When you stomp on the gas pedal the sound of the engine revving instantly before the car accelerates can be a bit disconcerting to some. We found it not unpleasant, in fact it sounds kind of fun. Of course in regular stop-and-go traffic under slow acceleration there is no sensation other than the car moving forward smoothly with no sound or feel of shifting gears. It’s certainly a far cry from the notch gear shifting that used to be all too common on small four-cylinder cars with automatics.’

OnWheels reviews the 2007 Nissan Versa and writes – ‘The Versa’s suspension was designed with U.S. roads in mind, using shock absorbers designed for “ripple control” to smooth freeway travel. The compact suspension uses struts up front and a compact twist-beam rear axle that doesn’t encroach on interior space in the rear. Compared to the Fit and Yaris, the Versa feels less nimble than either of those micro-commuters. Seat-of-the-pants agility is on par with the Scion xB.’

Anita Leinart from Cars.com reviews the 2007 Nissan Versa and enjoyed hte smooth ride – ‘In terms of driving characteristics, the Versa has much better road manners than either the Fit or the Yaris. Its long wheelbase — nearly six inches longer than the Fit — provides excellent ride comfort and did a good job of soaking up the potholes on M-14 and other torn-up local roads.’

Canadian Driver reviews the 2007 Nissan Versa and has this to say – ‘The hatchback body style offers great interior flexibility, and lots of cargo room. The backs of the split folding rear seats fold flat, but still take up some room. It would be so nice if they’d tumble forward, which would open up the rear cargo area even more. Additionally, there is some untidiness caused by the fabric “skirts” attached to the privacy cover.’

Autobytel drives the 2007 Nissan Versa and writes – ‘Apparently, Nissan never got the memo specifying crummy seats for economy cars. Instead, the Versa features great front buckets that are spacious, soft yet supportive, and in the case of the versions like our 1.8 SL, height-adjustable. Also on SL models are padded door sills, padded door armrests, and a padded fold-down center armrest, all serving to increase the comfort level.’

Autobytel reviews the 2007 Nissan Versa Sedan and writes – ‘What a weird little car. First, there’s the styling, a mishmash of lines that fails to produce a single flattering angle. Then there’s the interior, which features a busy array of horizontal and vertical cutlines in the many panels that make up the dash, doors and center console. It’s comfortable to drive, the 1.8-liter engine makes good power, and the transmission gets its job done smoothly. But I’d rather Nissan skip the keyless ignition and Bluetooth cell phone integration for tires that don’t track in freeway grooves, or maybe spend a little more time quelling the engine’s drone under acceleration. The final indignity is the Versa’s price; at $18,000 there are larger, quieter and more enjoyable cars available.’

Published on January 7, 2007 in Nissan

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