2017 Nissan Versa sedan: Starts at $12k, still horribly ugly

The N17 Nissan Versa sedan might be decent value, but holy deities it’s still several layers of ugly out. Surely a nice second hand car would be better?

There’s a new SV Special Edition pack which bundles together some popular options for only US$500 more than the regular SV.

All grades of the Nissan Versa are powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with 109hp (81kW) at 6,000rpm, and 107 lb-ft (145Nm) at 4,400rpm.

For the 2017 model year, the Versa sedan gains a center console with glossy piano black console lid, relocated USB and auxiliary ports, new cupholder designs, and a secondary 12V outlet.

If there’s one upside to the tacked on box of a trunk is that it can store 14.9 cubic feet (422L) worth of gear.

Nissan Versa S sedan (US$11,990):

  • 5-speed manual; CVT is US$2,000 extra
  • AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary in
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • 15-inch steel wheels with 185/65 all season tires

Nissan Versa SV sedan (US$15,580):

As with S sedan, but adds:

  • Outside temperature display
  • USB controls
  • Printed headliner
  • Map lights
  • Silver interior highlights
  • 60/40 split fold rear seat

Nissan Versa SV Special Edition sedan (US$15,080):

As with SV sedan, but adds:

  • 15-inch alloys
  • Fog lights
  • Leather steering wheel
  • 5-inch infotainment screen
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Reversing camera

Nissan Versa SL sedan (US$17,140):

As with SV Special Edition sedan, but adds:

  • Proximity entry key, push button start
  • 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with AM/FM/CD/USB
  • 16-inch alloy wheels 195/55 all season tires