2019 Nissan Versa Crash Test Ratings

Safety Ratings

NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings help consumers compare vehicle safety when searching for a car. More stars mean safer cars.

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Combines Side Barrier and Side Pole Star Ratings into a single side rating.

Combines the Side Barrier Driver and the Side Pole Star Ratings into a Front Seat rating. The Rear Seat rating is derived from the Side Barrier Rear Passenger rating.

The Side Barrier test simulates an intersection collision between a standing vehicle and moving barrier at 38.5 mph.

Combines Side Barrier and Side Pole Star Ratings into a single side rating.

The Rollover Resistance test measures the risk of rollover in a single-vehicle, loss-of-control scenario.

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Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Versa’s interior no longer looks and feels like a children’s play area. It uses nice materials throughout and has soft-touch surfaces on the doors and dashboard. While Nissan doesn’t offer power-adjustable seats and leather upholstery here, the fanciest model can be had with heated front seats as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The mid-level SV model unlocks some desirable standard features, such as a driver’s-seat-mounted armrest and a digital screen in the gauge cluster, while the top-tier Versa SR brings automatic climate control, passive hands-free entry, remote start, and more. The back seat can comfortably fit two adults but both the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio have more rear-seat headroom and legroom. The sedan has useful cubbies on its center console, and we managed to fit six carry-on suitcases in its trunk; 17 total with the back seat folded.

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Available Trims

S ManualPeople Paid: $17,394  – $19,088 MPG: 27 City / 35 Hwy Features:Keyless entryPower WindowsChild Safety Rear Door LocksAir ConditioningAM/FM RadioTraction ControlVariable Speed Window WipersAirbagResearch This Trim S CVTPeople Paid: $17,394  – $19,088 MPG: 32 City / 40 Hwy Features:Keyless entryPower WindowsChild Safety Rear Door LocksAir ConditioningAM/FM RadioTraction ControlVariable Speed Window WipersAirbagResearch This Trim SV CVTPeople Paid: $18,502  – $20,307 MPG: 32 City / 40 Hwy Features:Keyless entryPower WindowsChild Safety Rear Door LocksAir ConditioningSatellite RadioAM/FM RadioTraction ControlVariable Speed Window WipersAirbagResearch This Trim SR CVTPeople Paid: $19,080  – $20,941 MPG: 32 City / 40 Hwy Features:Keyless entryPower WindowsChild Safety Rear Door LocksAir ConditioningSatellite RadioAM/FM RadioTraction ControlFog LampsVariable Speed Window WipersResearch This Trim

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

View Crash Test Results

The Nissan sedan comes with a lot of standard driver-assistance technology, including automatic high-beams and lane-departure warning. For more information about the Versa’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard front and rear automated emergency braking
  • Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available adaptive cruise control

How does it compare to other cars on the list?

The Nissan Versa lands in 11th place on the list with an overall 7.6 out of 10. It follows the 10th-place winner, the Toyota Prius, which received a 7.7 overall score. However, both earned a safety rating of 9.5 out of 10 from U.S. News. The main difference with the scoring, though, is the Prius has completed its IIHS crash testing. 

Though the Versa ranks toward the bottom of the list, it’s not the worst. Coming in last place is the Kia Forte with a good overall 8.2 out of 10, but its safety score is a tad lower at 9.3/10. The Forte managed a 5-star NHTSA rating in its side crash tests.

But it didn’t perform as well in the frontal and rollover tests and received an overall 4-star rating. The IIHS gave it a Top Safety Pick award, though. The only things keeping the 2021 Forte from earning the highest Top Safety Pick+ distinction were halogen headlights not performing flawlessly. 

The Nissan Versa may not be the go-to car for people looking for performance. However, it’s an excellent choice if you’re interested in fuel savings, a new car under $15,000, or the elusive manual transmission.

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