The Most Common 2016 Nissan Versa Problems

Powertrain, airbag, and brake issues are common problems with the 2016 Nissan Versa.
Written by Alita Dark
Reviewed by Jessa Claeys
The 2016 Nissan Versa has been known to have a few issues—namely with the powertrain, the airbags, and the service brakes. More minor complaints include electrical system problems and the car being quick to fail.  
In an era when even used cars command shockingly high prices, the Nissan Versa remains one of the more affordable options. It is important, however, to ensure that cutting costs doesn’t mean cutting quality. 
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The most common 2016 Nissan Versa problems

Unfortunately, many of the usual problems buyers have dealt with are serious issues. 
For example, the 2016 Nissan Versa has rampant powertrain issues related to the car’s transmission. Often, these fixes are not cheap, and some may call for a total replacement of the system. Reports of stalling, cars refusing to start, or jerky, erratic gear changes have disappointed some owners.  
While not directly related to
Nissan
, the Takata airbag recall has affected some drivers. There have been multiple counts of airbags failing to deploy even in the case of an accident. And the Versa was not the only model affected by the recall. 
Other models that could have similar issues include:
 
Possibly the most concerning complaint is that of brake failure. No one wants to pump the brakes only to find their vehicle unresponsive. Thankfully, this is also the least common issue of the three. Only eight complaints relating to brakes have been registered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is a relatively low percentage of the 60 total complaints. 
More minor issues are electrical system glitches, such as indication lights turning on unnecessarily or failing to turn on in the face of real problems. Longevity also seems to be a factor. Many complaints note that the car is newer with low mileage when problems begin to arise. 
Despite the severity of some common problems, there have been no recalls issued for the 2016 Versa. But Nissan has been affected by the
Takata airbag investigation
owing to the installation of said airbags in their vehicles. Drivers concerned about their airbags should visit their dealership for a free replacement. 
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Is the 2016 Nissan Versa reliable?

The short answer is yes, the Nissan Versa is reliable. With only 60 complaints in the six years since its release, it more than halves the complaints against its predecessor, the 2015 Versa (with a registered 155 complaints as of writing).  
It ranks fourth on J.D. Power’s Best Small Car of 2016 list with a 77 out of 100 consumer rating. The 2016
Hyundai Accent
and the 2016
Honda Fit
(tied for third place) only narrowly beat it out with a score of 79, and both have higher price estimates. 
RepairPal rates the Nissan Versa a 4.0/5.0 in its reliability ratings. And the average annual cost of repair is $456 per RepairPal, meaning you can buy and maintain the car inexpensively. There are few severe repairs needed according to owners, and the rate of repair is average, so you’re unlikely to encounter any serious problems. 

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