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2017 Nissan Versa Exterior Photo

Nissan’s subcompact Versa sedan is unimpressive, with a noisy and cheap interior. The engine drones as the car gathers speed, and the continuously variable transmission exacerbates engine noise. Handling, though secure, lacks precision, and the car feels clumsy as a result. The ride is compliant and has good isolation from bumps and ruts, but the short, quick pitches make it feel jumpy on the highway. To its credit, the rear cabin is relatively roomy and fuel economy is commendable at 32 mpg overall. Running changes include new interior refinements and some styling details, but much of the interior still feels low rent. Most controls are straightforward. The Versa sedan scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.