The 2022 Nissan Versa is an affordable, comfortable subcompact sedan with a mature styling perfectly suited to commuting duty. Few cars on the market offer such a quiet, comfortable cabin for such low pricing, and fuel efficiency makes this an attractive option if you drive daily. Nissan includes its driver-assist technology suite of safety features called Safety Shield 360, which provides exceptional support for staying safe on the road, some of the most generous safety features in the class. Three available trims offer buyers options to choose the level of features for comfort and technology, and the uppermost SR trim delivers a sportier vibe in its appearance. For the SR trim, a body-color spoiler, dark chrome grille, and 17-inch split-spoke wheels give the 2022 Versa a sharp, elevated appeal.
From the exterior, the 2022 Versa leans toward adult sensibility with slanted headlights, hood creases lined up with the attractive V-motion grille, and blacked-out C pillars that give the effect of the modern “floating” roof. Halogen headlights for the entry-level S and SV trims are upgraded to LED for the uppermost SR, and exterior side mirrors are powered for all trims with heat added to the SV and SR trims. Trunk space for the 2022 Versa is excellent for the class, with almost 15 cubic feet for cargo, a size closer to that of a midsize sedan. A low, wide trunk opening allows for easy loading into the generous storage capacity that can expand in the SV and SR trims, both of which have the 60/40 split-fold rear seat.
Interior space for front passengers is expansive, with enough room for tall adults to sit comfortably. Legroom up to 44.5 inches in the front is better than some full-sized sedans, and rear seats have enough room for small adults or kids when needed. Any trim level may take advantage of the optional Electronics Package to add convenience and lighting with an auto-dimming rearview mirror and lights for the kick plates and door pockets. A Lighting Package adds a glow beneath the sills, then sophisticated ambient lighting in the footwells and cup holders in the front seat, also available across all trims. Strictly for the SR, the Convenience Package provides heated front seats, automatic climate control, and Nissan’s Intelligent Cruise Control, all of which lend themselves to comfort on long commutes.
Just because the 2022 Versa is affordable doesn’t mean buyers need to go without conveniences or comfort. Before you even sit in the driver’s seat, the Versa makes getting on the road easy with remote keyless entry. Upgrade to the SV trim and above, and Nissan includes its Intelligent Key with push-button start feature, which means the doors automatically unlock when you approach the 2022 Versa with your fob in your purse or pocket. Sit in the driver’s seat and press the ignition button without ever having to pull out your fob. For the SR trim, remote start gets the Versa warmed or cooled to the temperature you set with the available Automatic Climate Control.
From the driver’s seat, the command center is laid out in a sensible design to make controls simple to reach. The seven-inch infotainment screen in the center stack is built into the dash and offers clear images of what’s behind you when using the rearview camera. Knobs and buttons provide useful physical controls to manage content or access settings. At entry-level, Siri Eyes Free, voice recognition, and Bluetooth streaming are all part of making your drive safer and easier with hands-free phone use. In the SV trim, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are added to offer convenient pairing for your smartphone to the infotainment system, and NissanConnect capability is included to offer remote services, emergency assistance, and WiFi connectivity.
Standard steering wheel-mounted controls keep your hands on the wheel while you operate the audio system and cruise control. With the available Advanced Drive-Assist Display, a full-color digital instrument cluster is also accessed from the steering wheel controls. Configure the display to show devices paired with the infotainment, fuel levels, safety features being engaged, and more. For the SR trim, the steering wheel is wrapped in leather to match the elevated, sport style of the exterior, as well as the upscale look of the premium cloth seating. Additional comfort for the driver is added after the entry-level S trim, with driver’s seat armrests to take the strain out of long daily drives.
Driving the 2022 Nissan Versa means enjoying the surprisingly responsive handling on curving roads and corners, supplied by the well-sorted suspension and rigid chassis that provide a strong foundation for performance. For those who still love the connectedness of driving a manual transmission, the entry-level S trim comes standard with five speeds to thoroughly engage with the road. In the SV and SR trim, the fuel-saving technology of the available continuously variable transmission will shrink your fuel bill at the pump while still providing adequate power to cruise the highway during your daily drive.
Under the hood, the 2022 Versa is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing that improves its efficiency and capability. With this engine and the manual transmission, the 2022 Versa will achieve excellent fuel efficiency of 27 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway. The Xtronic continuously variable transmission offers better efficiency commuters will love, with mileage reaching 32 MPG in the city and as much as 40 MPG on the highway. Front-wheel drive moves the Versa adroitly, and the smooth ride quality will make every trip tranquil from any seat in the car. The independent front suspension combined with the torsion beam rear suspension systems ensures absorption of road chatter.
Nissan builds the 2022 Versa with capability that translates into confidence when steering, and the braking systems built into the electronic operations will automatically assist the driver in maneuvers to maintain stability and control. Standard Hill Start Assist ensures the Versa never rolls backward when you need to stop on an incline, keeping you and your passengers safe from accidental damage to vehicles behind you. Electronic Brake Force Distribution applies braking power when sensors detect any one of the wheels in need of more braking, and brake assist senses when the driver stops short, reducing the severity of the braking force within the cabin.
Though most new vehicles offer some standard driver-assist technology, few manufacturers offering affordable subcompact sedans will provide a full suite of safety features as standard equipment. Nissan does. The 2022 Versa comes with Safety Shield 360, a suite of six standard features found on all trims, and then Nissan adds even more standard safety features beyond the suite for further protection while you drive. With Safety Shield 360, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection ensures you stop in time to avoid or mitigate an impact, whether it’s a person, an object, or another car in front of you.
Rare in this class, Rear Cross Traffic Alert offers the driver assistance when reversing out of a parking space or driveway to prevent an accident with oncoming traffic at low speeds. Rear Automatic Braking stops the Versa if you don’t see a stationary object behind you, preventing rear collisions. Blind Spot Warning alerts the driver to vehicles in the lane where your directional signal indicates you plan to go, and Lane Departure Warning lets the driver know if you drift out of your lane unintentionally. Finally, High Beam Assist automates dimming and brightening your high beams at night, so other drivers aren’t blinded by the high beams. Automated safety features like Vehicle Dynamic Control and the Traction Control System assist with throttle and braking when the vehicle senses slippage, all standard for every trim.
Available safety features such as Intelligent Cruise Control or Follow Me Home Headlights can provide convenience for long drives after a long day. Intelligent Cruise Control allows the driver to set the speed, and then the Versa manages speed, slowing down when needed and restoring speed when possible. Follow Me Home Headlights can be turned on for 30 seconds when you need light at night after getting out of the vehicle, with just a click of the turn signal. In addition, available Intelligent Driver Alertness signals the driver when the system detects signs of fatigue that could be dangerous behind the wheel, and Rear Door Alert sends a visual and audio cue to the driver before you exit the vehicle, in case you need the reminder to check for little ones or groceries in the back seat. With so much safety to assist you, the 2022 Versa is a clear choice when you spend a lot of time behind the wheel.