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5 Questions Answered 5 Questions About the 2021 Nissan Versa

5 Questions About the 2021 Nissan Versa

We answer five questions on the new 2021 Nissan Versa sedan.

The 2021 Nissan Versa is all-new and gains a new look, powertrain, and a series of new technologies. We answer 5 questions about the new Nissan Versa sedan.

The subcompact Nissan Versa, once offered as both a sedan and a hatchback, was a popular option among small car buyers. The compact SUV boom, which continues today, has hurt subcompact and compact car sales however they remain an important segment with considerable volume.

Now in its third generation, the 2021 Nissan Versa returns with a bold new outlook, more technology than ever and the firm goal to offer small sedan buyers styling, content and value.

Let’s answer 5 questions on the new 2021 Nissan Versa.

What’s New About The 2021 Nissan Versa?

2021 Nissan Versa | Photo: Nissan

Just about everything. The new car is lower, wider and longer and is the latest result of Nissan’s “Emotional Geometry” design language first introduced on the current Altima and Maxima. The Versa now sports the V-motion grille, boomerang-shaped headlamps and tail lamps plus the now familiar kick-up C-pillars and floating roof.

The cabin is cleaner, far more modern and features the “Gliding Wing” instrument panel also found in Nissan’s other sedans. Overall, the 2021 Nissan Versa is a far more mature and evolved car that the one it replaces.

Power will come from a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine which generates 122-horsepower and a 114 lb.-ft. of torque. The basic transmission will be a 5-speed manual, with an Xtronic CVT transmission offered as an option.

Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 will be available on the new Versa. In includes Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Intelligent Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning and much more.

What’s The 2021 Nissan Versa’s Price?

Pricing for the new 2021 Nissan Versa will be provided closer to its market launch in late summer of this year.

In order for it to have any chance of enticing small car buyers, the base sticker price will need to begin well below the $14,000 mark (perhaps even $13k) and be considerably well-equipped with many safety and infotainment features for no more than $18,000.

With the Nissan Micra now gone, which started out at $10,488, the Versa needs to reach way down in order to be competitive.

When Will It Be Released?

2021 Nissan Versa | Photo: Nissan

The 2021 Nissan Versa will arrive in late summer for the 2021 model year.

Who Will It Compete With?

Its main competitors are shrinking in numbers. Despite that, competition is still quite fierce. The Kia Rio and Rio5, Toyota Yaris hatchback, Mitsubishi Mirage and the Chevrolet Spark. Indirectly, it will compete with numerous subcompact SUVs as well, including Nissan’s own Kicks.

What Do We Think About the 2021 Nissan Versa?

2021 Nissan Versa | Photo: Nissan

Unfortunately, and not to take anything away from the Versa itself, but it’s a non-starter. Nissan dealers will sell a handful but margins will be miniscule, pushing salespeople to either promote the new Nissan Sentra or the more appealing Nissan Kicks. About the Kicks, Nissan has increased the based price to $19,298 from $18,298 assumingly to make room for the Versa. Nissan’s also bumped the Qashqai’s MSRP from $20,198 to $21,498 for the same reason and to cover the cost of added safety features.

The new 2021 Nissan Versa’s styling is nearly identical to that of the Sentra and, more than likely, the price gap will not be sufficient to keep consumers interested in the Versa, over the latter.

Now, the sedan is not dead, but the small sedan has been on life-support for a few years and introducing the 2021 Versa will not reverse this situation. In fact, all of Nissan’s sedans, from the Sentra, to the Altima and Maxima, are selling poorly – Nissan SUV are casting an enormous shadow over the cars and no new sedan will change current Nissan buyer habits.


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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,400 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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