The 2015 Nissan Versa sedan arrives at the 2014 New York auto show with a fresh look and more equipment. A refresh for the car is meant to keep its looks more closely aligned with those of larger Nissans, namely the Sentra, Altima, and Maxima.
The refresh begins with new front and rear fascias, larger headlights, a standard chrome grille surround, and a new look for the optional foglights. The sideview mirrors have been restyled, too, along with the optional 15-inch alloy wheels. The effect is subtle, but does help the 2015 Nissan Versa look more like a shrunken Altima than before. Graphite Blue and Amethyst Gray join the exterior paint palette.
Nissan also endowed the 2015 Versa sedan with a new, more slender center stack that mimics that seen in the Versa Note hatchback, as well as a "more substantial" steering wheel with standard audio controls, and white instrument illumination instead of orange. Bluetooth becomes standard on all versions of the 2015 Nissan Versa sedan -- last year, it was optional on the SV and standard on the top-tier SL -- and the base Versa S receives nicer seat fabric.
In fact, many pieces of high-end equipment trickle down to the rest of the 2015 Nissan Versa sedan lineup. The SV model gains push-button starting, an outside temperature display, and silver instrument-cluster trim. The trim reshuffle means there are just two options packages. The SV Alloy Wheel package upgrades the Versa sedan to 15-inch alloy wheels, while the SL Tech package bundles a backup camera and touchscreen navigation.
The 1.6-liter inline-four engine is unchanged, with 109 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque. In Versa S models, the engine is mated to either a five-speed manual that returns fuel economy of 27/36 mpg (city/highway), or a four-speed automatic transmission good for 26/35 mpg. The Versa S Plus, SV, and SL all come standard with a continuously variable transmission and achieve 31/40 mpg in EPA testing.
Despite all the upgrades and additions, pricing for the 2015 Nissan Versa sedan hasn't increased compared to last year. The car starts at $12,800 after destination, and goes on sale later this year.