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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Nissan Versa

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In the world of subcompact sedans, the Nissan Versa is a serious contender. Not only does it come with a low price tag, but it also includes a lot more features than you’d expect for a subcompact, especially one as economically priced as the 2012 Nissan Versa. It may not be the most eye-catching car on the road, but if you’re in the market for something that will get you where you need to go comfortably without paying an arm and a leg, this could be the car for you.

Key Features

Most people won’t consider this a “feature” on most cars, but when we’re talking about subcompact sedans, legroom in the back seat is a real luxury. The 2012 Nissan Versa has copious backseat legroom and plenty of room up front, too. It also boasts a continuously variable transmission for better gas mileage and a smoother ride, too.

Changes for 2012

There weren’t any real visible changes to the 2012 Nissan Versa, but it did get better sheet metal for the body and improved fuel efficiency. Even if you can’t see those changes, you’ll definitely feel them.

What We Like

For a car that starts at less than $15,000 new, this is the roomiest and most comfortable subcompact sedan on the market.

What Concerns Us

There’s nothing really exciting about the Versa. It’s a reliable, practical car, but we’ve seen other manufacturers create cars that boast those qualities and are a lot more fun to drive, too.

Available Models

Beyond the base price point model, you’ll have a few trim levels to choose from with the 2012 Nissan Versa, and the sedan and hatchback each have their own standard engine.


  • Engine – 1.8-liter 4-cylinder
  • Power – 122 HP at 5200 RPM
  • Torque – 127 lb-ft at 4800 RPM
  • Fuel economy (MPG city/highway) – 28/34 (CVT)


  • Engine – 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
  • Power – 109 HP at 6000 RPM
  • Torque – 107 lb-ft at 4400 RPM
  • Fuel economy (MPG city/highway) – 30/38 (automatic)

Major Recalls

Some models have been recalled due to potential corrosion in the front coil springs, the lower trim impeding the use of pedals, problems with the curtain airbag inflator, and/or the ability to shift the vehicle out of park without depressing the brake.

Common Issues

The most commonly reported issues with the 2012 Nissan Versa include transmission noise or failure while driving. This issue can be addressed with a Nissan dealer or qualified mechanic.

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