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Nissan Versa vs. Nissan LEAF Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending September 30, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year and Model Percent of Average  
2013 - 2015 Nissan LEAF
0% Best 27% Worst
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2011 - 2012 Nissan LEAF
17.4285714286% Best 68% Worst
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2007 - 2012 Nissan Versa
48.2857142857% Best 122% Worst
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Nissan Versa

Nissan Versa Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan 107-horsepower 1.6L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I trust my car and know it will go when I need it. The bumpers, front and rear, are light plastic and should be upgraded but I am told most other cars are the same these days. Nissan advises against towing with the car likely because of the small engine but it tows behind my mh quite nicely. I will take this car over the VW Passat which I would rate as the more unreliable car I have ever owned. full 2009 Nissan Versa review
2009 4dr Hatch 122-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
So far (47k miles) have had no engine trouble at all.  I bought a Nissan because of high reliability ratings.  We'll see. full 2009 Nissan Versa review
2008 4dr Hatch 122-horsepower 1.8L I4
CVT FWD
Great car very few problems full 2008 Nissan Versa review
2008 4dr Hatch 122-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed manual FWD
out of the 50,000 KM i have done the only thing that has had to be done is change the tires and the usual servicing full 2008 Nissan Versa review
2007 4dr Hatch 122-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I had the engine cap missing for over a month and it still performed well. I can rely on it to always start on the first try and to survive parking garage & other urban hazards without failure. full 2007 Nissan Versa review
2007 4dr Hatch 122-horsepower 1.8L I4
CVT FWD
We have had our Versa for two and a half years and other than regular maintenance we have not had to spend a dime on the car. After 40k miles the brakes are still almost like new and the car still runs great. full 2007 Nissan Versa review
2007 4dr Hatch 122-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
everything full 2007 Nissan Versa review
Nissan Versa Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Hatch 122-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed manual FWD
New Nissan model. Felt light/cheap. full 2009 Nissan Versa review
2008 4dr Hatch 122-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed manual FWD
After I signed the papers but before I made it off the lot with my new car, we found the back window did not raise & lower properly, and I had to leave it for repairs right then. Also, the headlight assembly is very cheap and broke off at a 5mph bump. full 2008 Nissan Versa review
2007 4dr Sedan 122-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Less reliable and durable than Honda full 2007 Nissan Versa review
2007 4dr Hatch 122-horsepower 1.8L I4
CVT FWD
It was a first year model. I bought a first year model once and will never make the same mistake twice. full 2007 Nissan Versa review
2007 4dr Hatch 122-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Versa 1 visited the repair shop 5 times in 8000 miles before being totalled in an accident. Versa 2 visited the repair shop more than a dozen times in 31,000 miles, and had a dangerous transmission problem that was never fixed. full 2007 Nissan Versa review
2007 4dr Hatch 122-horsepower 1.8L I4
CVT FWD
I do not feel safe driving it in winter due to the starting and speeding up issues. It has not gotten me from A to B reliably. Rather it has caused me much grief. full 2007 Nissan Versa review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Nissan

Nissan Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Hatch 107-horsepower Electric
1-speed automatic FWD
One of the advantages I was looking forward to, owning a Leaf, was the fact that the power train is so much simpler than a gas powered car. These are some of the parts in a gas powered car that can't go wrong with my all electric Leaf: 1) No gears/transmission to ever slip or go out, just a gearshift knob that is really just an electric switch, with no moving parts other than the switch itself. 2) No fuel pump/filter to need maintenance on. 3) No fuel injection or carborator to go out or have problems. 4) No air filters for the motor to replace. 5) No oil to change or oil filter to replace. 6) No radiator to repair. No coolant level to check. 7) No spark plugs, cap, rotor or points to replace or maintain 8) No belts, pullies or chains to break, wear or replace. 9) No engine overheating possible. 10) No catalytic converter to replace. 11) No muffler or exhaust system to replace/maintain. 12) The electric motor acts as a generator that slows the car down when I take my foot off the accelerator and it charges the battery as I coast to a stop. Also, the regenerative breaking means that the Leaf has a generator attached to one of the rear wheels that also slows the car down as I apply the breaks and that also charges the battery as I break to a stop. This regenerative breaking and electric motor generation means that I use less of the actual breaks on the car and this improves the lifespan of my break pads. I will change the break pads and rotors a lot less often than a normal gas powered car or even a hybrid. full 2011 Nissan review
Nissan Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Hatch 107-horsepower Electric
1-speed automatic FWD
The build quality was in line. HOWEVER, what destroys this car as a purchase choice is one thing: The cutting corners and bad engineering decisions (political or otherwise) to make the car battery air cooled. This simply doesn't work very well in warmer climates. The folks up in Seattle don't see this but where it gets above 95 degrees such as CALIF, TX, ARIZONA are the folks are starting to seeing this battery fade rapidly with pernament heat damage. Read about how to care for a LI-ON. We baby'ed this car battery for all the things we could, but the heat is getting it. This vehicle is edging toward being the orphaned 3rd car because it won't be long before it cannot do our simple 35 mile roundtrip commute. A very expensive loss for us. Learn from this and DON"T BUY THIS CAR MODEL. Buy a Chevy Volt instead. We have that car too....and we fight over who drives it. It has a conservative approach...liquid battery management to keep the battery at its favorite temperature day and night, 24/7. That temperature is 70 degrees. full 2011 Nissan review