The 2014 Nissan Versa – Small When You Need It, Big Where You Want It

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The 2014 Nissan Versa Sedan, while largely unchanged for the 2014 model year, does deliver a few upgrades as well as practical standard features and plenty of trim and package options for car buyers. What some car shoppers may not realize is this particular model is surprisingly ample when it comes to interior and trunk space, and is also one of the most affordable new cars on the market. Perhaps that’s why the 2013 Versa Sedan earned the title of “America’s best-selling entry sedan” [source].  To quote Nissan, the 2014 Nissan Versa is “the perfect combination for commuting on weekdays, running errands on weekends and transporting family and friends all week long.” If that description appeals to you and you are thinking about transitioning to a sedan-sized vehicle, allow us to share with you this overview of the 2014 Nissan Versa.

The Numbers Haven’t Changed

The 2014 Nissan Versa Sedan is an amazingly affordable car! MSRP starts at $11, 990 (a rare price tag for a new car) and builds from there depending on the trim/package you might want to upgrade to. Fuel economy is also quite good, especially if you choose a model with the Xtronic CVT transmission. Models equipped with a CVT transmission receive an estimated 31MPG city, 40 MPG highway, and 35 MPG combined. No matter which 2014 Versa you choose, all trims carry the PUREDRIVE badge, which represents Nissan’s commitment to creating eco-friendly, improved MPG and lower CO2 emission vehicles that include innovations to help the vehicle meet or exceed the industry average Federal CAFE fuel economy standards for model year 2016.

Upgrades For The 2014 Model Year

As you read, pricing and fuel economy remain excellent for the 2014 Nissan Versa. But there are some upgrades for the 2014 model year. A quick rundown of those changes include:

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  • All 2014 Versa models have re-tuned steering and suspension, revised interior finishes, standard tachometer, and low-rolling resistance tires
  • Versa SV has a key fob trunk release, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, improved seat comfort, new high-gloss black B-pillar treatment, and a Convenience Package option
  • Versa SL offers 16-in aluminum alloy wheels, improved seat comfort, new high-gloss black B-pillar treatment, 4.3-inch LCD audio display and SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio (subscription required, sold separately), and a Technology Package option

We don’t expect you to memorize these features as we’re going to give you a more thorough explanation of each model. If you picture the 2014 Nissan Versa Sedan having a hierarchy to it, the base model is the Nissan Versa S, followed by the Versa S Plus, then the Versa SV, and finally the Versa SL. Each car comes with its own set of standard features and, as was referenced earlier, a few package options. Nissan knows that drivers want options, especially if you’re new to the sedan segment. We’ll tell you a bit more about each trim so that you can arrive for a test drive, a little more knowledgeable about the car that you think might be right for you.

2014 Nissan Versa Sedan Models

Every Nissan Versa exhibits an outward sophistication. You’ll see the Nissan sedan signature grille. There is an intentional aerodynamic design element, too. For example, the line in the middle of the roofline reduces roof panel vibrations which allows for a quieter cabin. Inside the cabin, space is surprisingly abundant. In fact, the 5-passenger Versa boasts some of the most legroom in its segment; even better than some luxury cars! In addition, the trunk is very spacious—perfect for providing the ample space you need to accommodate your lifestyle. (You’d be surprised how many people are disappointed when they open a car’s trunk only to find there’s not much more room than a milk crate back there.)

Yes, there’s a lot the Nissan Versa Sedan has to offer in looks and comfort. The real details are in the features of each model.

Nissan Versa S interior/engine/safety features include:

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  • Front engine/front-wheel drive
  • Nissan global “V” platform
  • 109-hp 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine
  • 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
  • 15” steel wheels fitted with all-season tires
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights
  • Air conditioning
  • AM/FM/CD audio system with 2 speakers and auxiliary input for an MP3 player
  • Tachometer and trip computer
  • Standard power-assisted front disc/rear drum brakes with standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) (includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags)
  • Standard seat-mounted driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Nissan Versa S Plus interior/engine/safety features include:

  • Front engine/front-wheel drive
  • Nissan global “V” platform
  • 109-hp 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine
  • Xtronic CVT®
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
  • 15” steel wheels fitted with all-season tires
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights
  • Cruise control
  • Tachometer and trip computer
  • Available AM/FM/CD audio system with 4 speakers
  • Rear spoiler with inset LED brake light
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) (includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags)
  • Standard seat-mounted driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Nissan Versa SV interior/engine/safety features include:

  • 109-hp 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine
  • Xtronic CVT®
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
  • 15” steel wheels fitted with all-season tires
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights
  • Chrome-accented grille and outside door handles
  • Dual power body-color outside mirrors
  • Rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Remote keyless entry with remote trunk release
  • Cruise control
  • Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges with tachometer and upgraded trip computer
  • Available AM/FM/CD audio system with 4 speakers
  • 6-Way manual driver’s seat with armrest
  • 60/40 Split fold-down rear seats
  • Silver interior trim accents
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) (includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags)
  • Standard seat-mounted driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)

Nissan Versa SL interior/engine/safety features include:

  • 109-hp 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine
  • Xtronic CVT®
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
  • 16″ Aluminum-alloy Wheels with all-season tires
  • Fog lights
  • Halogen headlights
  • Chrome-accented grille and outside door handles
  • Dual power body-color outside mirrors
  • Rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light
  • Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition
  • Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
  • Premium CD audio system with 4.3″ color display and four speakers
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio (subscription required, sold separately)
  • USB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • 6-Way manual driver’s seat with armrest
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) (includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags)
  • Standard seat-mounted driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)

That might seem like a lot of features, but if you look closely you will notice that many of the features are similar, and upgrades are added as you go up that “hierarchy” we described. One last note as far as model options go—there are two packages also available for the 2014 Nissan Versa. Available for the Versa SV is a Convenience Package which includes Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, audio upgrade (MP3, aux jack, RDS), map lights, front passenger vanity mirror, 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and tricot fabric headliner. Available for the Nissan Versa SL is a Technology Package which includes NissanConnectSM with Navigation with 5.8-inch color touch-screen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation, NavTraffic and NavWeather, POIs powered by Google®, Google® Send-to-Car, Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, and RearView Monitor. [source]

Consumer Feedback

With the 2014 Nissan Versa Sedan having been on the market for some time, it’s a little bit easier to trace consumer reviews. So we gathered up a few snippets of what people are saying about the 2014 Versa from around the web.

“Great Gas Mileage. Great legroom, headroom and trunkroom. Very easy to drive and park. Never breaks down.” [source]

“Yep, I’m the crazy one who still likes a old school stick shift. I think it makes all the difference in a lower hp commuter car. It gets very good gas mileage I actually get about 35-36 on avg with a mix of highway and city driving. Overall I’m very happy with the purchase.” [source]

“This car is so far has been a positive experience. It’s my daily driver and the handling and agility of this car surprises me every time i drive it. I really like the exterior look of the vehicle too, it has a sporty but compact look.” [source]

“This is my first brand new car 1st owner of a 2014 Versa!! I love it and everything about it!! I would totally recommend this car any day to anyone!!” [source]

“I love this car. It gets great gas mileage and I love the interior. Love the seats and the trim package on the Black. Overall this is a great car. This is my first new car ever and I would recommend it to anyone!” [source]

We hope you’ve caught some of the enthusiasm expressed in the drivers’ responses. If so, we invited you to come down to our dealership to test drive the 2014 Nissan Versa Sedan. Just click on the button below to schedule a test drive at your convenience. We look forward to seeing you and please share and questions you have in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

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