For many drivers, a car serves to get them from point A to point B and for them, buying a new vehicle is an extremely rational process. They don’t care about interior features or performances. All they want is a lot of car for their money and models like Versa perfectly fit in such a story. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the 2022 Nissan Versa will continue to be one of the most popular models in the segment of subcompact cars.
There are so many reasons to buy this car but the first thing that comes to mind is price. This is one of the most affordable vehicles you can buy. It’s not particularly fun to drive, but it offers a decent amount of cargo and passenger space, while the standard equipment is more than okay. Also, its simple design means that you may count on a high level of durability and low costs of maintenance.
The current generation has been around since last year, so it’s pretty much certain that the 2022 Nissan Versa will be no more than a carryover model, with no bigger changes. Therefore, we don’t expect to see it on sale before the last quarter of the year.
2022 Nissan Versa Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2022 Nissan Versa will represent the third production year and that means no bigger changes are about to come. The last redesign has brought a lot of interesting novelties and the current generation looks really good, despite the bargain price. It follows the brand’s latest design language, characterized by the well-known V-Motion grille and looks pretty attractive, especially when compared with rivals like Chevrolet Sonic or Hyundai Accent.
Another thing we like about this car is its size. Despite it’s been classified as a subcompact car, it features more than 103 inches in wheelbase, which gets it pretty close to the compact segment. For that reason, things on the inside are surprisingly good and we will get on that in a moment.
Considering the price tag, it’s obvious that this cabin is made mostly from low-rent materials. Low-rent plastics surfaces are numerous but the dashboard actually looks more than decent. Also, a good thing is that a 7-speed touchscreen is standard, which makes a big impact on the overall dashboard look. The build quality is good, while the front seats are surprisingly comfortable for the segment.
Like we’ve said, this is a quite big vehicle for the segment. So, it’s no wonder that the second row also offers a fair amount of space and accommodates adults pretty easily. Furthermore, the trunk space is also pretty generous. It offers around 15 cubic feet, which is actually more than you get in a bigger Sentra.
We don’t expect to see too many novelties in this aspect for the next year. Most of the things should remain the same, which means a fairly decent amount of equipment in the base model. Things like push-button start, a 7-inch touch screen, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a USB port are all standard. Unfortunately, you will have to pay extra for the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The list of options should also include things like proximity keyless entry, remote start, automatic climate control, satellite radio, 6-speaker audio system etc.
The same thing is expected in terms of safety features. We don’t expect bigger changes, so base models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning, which sounds pretty impressive, given the sticker price. Additionally, you can get upgrades like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a driver attention monitor etc.
2022 Nissan Versa Engine
Things under the hood definitely won’t change and the 2022 Nissan Versa will continue with the same powertrain in the offer. That means a good-old naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter inline-four, which puts out just around 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. Obviously, that won’t be enough for more ambitious drivers but those who are looking for a daily commuter won’t mind. Also, you can choose between a 5-speed manual and CVT transmission.
While the manual is more fun to drive, it also provides lower mpg ratings. You may count on about 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Add to this the lack of 6th gear and it becomes obvious that the CVT is a better choice. Nissan Versa equipped with a CVT returns around 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.
2022 Nissan Versa Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2022 Nissan Versa sometime in the last quarter of the year. Considering that there are no bigger changes to come, the price should remain pretty much the same too. This means that base versions should remain under 15.000 dollars.