2016 Nissan Versa Engine Oil Capacity

Looking for the engine oil capacity of your 2016 Nissan Versa? We’ve got all the information and oil change tips you’ll need.
Written by Claire Beaney
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The 2016 Nissan Versa is a roomy and reasonably priced sedan that offers a wide range of convenient extras. But to keep running at its best, knowing its oil capacity—3.7 quarts—is useful.
Oil changes are one example of
routine maintenance
that can greatly extend the lifespan of your vehicle. If you are familiar with the 2016 Nissan Versa's oil capacity and recommended oil type, you can save money by doing this work on your own. We’re breaking down all this info plus more oil change tips below.
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2016 Nissan Versa engine oil capacity 

Let's start with answering the main question here: the oil capacity for your 2016 Nissan Versa.
The 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine in the 2016 Nissan Versa can hold 3.7 quarts of oil. It’s also important to remember that the 1.6-liter figure refers to the engine's displacement and not the oil tank's capacity.
When discussing engines, two commonly mixed-up measurements are "displacement" and "oil capacity." Displacement refers to the volume of the engine’s cylinders, while oil capacity describes the amount of oil required to keep an engine's moving parts well-lubricated and functional
Avoid using one in place of the other; doing so could lead to underfilling your engine, which could result in expensive repairs or cause permanent damage.

What kind of oil does a 2016 Nissan Versa need?

With your 2016 Nissan Versa’s oil capacity figured out, from here, we can select the appropriate type of oil for your vehicle. For optimal performance, use SAE 5W-30 oil—which is also Nissan's recommended oil grade found in the Versa’s owner’s manual.
Let’s go over what this viscosity grade means.
In an oil viscosity rating, "W" indicates winter, and the numbers indicate the degree to which the oil thickens at various temperatures. Low values indicate that the oil is extremely thin even at low temperatures. Your Nissan's 5W rating means that the oil stays relatively thin (though not as thin as 0W oil), even when the engine is running at low temperatures, while 30 refers to its viscosity at higher temperatures.
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How often to change the oil on a 2016 Nissan Versa

Nissan recommends changing the oil in your 2016 Versa every 5,000 miles. To avoid debris buildup in your oil, it’s always a good idea to change it at least every six months, regardless of how frequently or how far you drive.
Your oil should be checked every time you fill up with gas, or at least once a month—that way you can monitor its level and consistency in case you need to change your oil sooner than expected.
There are a number of warning signs indicating that it's time to change the oil in your Nissan Versa:
  • The color of the oil is very dark, almost black (clean oil is light amber similar in color to honey)
  • The texture of the oil is grittier
  • There are strange sounds coming from the engine
  • Odd smells, especially burnt or smoky scents
  • Changes in how well your car runs

How to change your oil and oil filter

DIY
oil changes
are always an option if you're handy and looking to cut costs! A car's oil filter should be replaced every time the oil is changed, so you’ll want to take care of both of these at once.
You'll need jacks, a socket wrench, a drain pan, an oil filter wrench, a brand-new oil filter, fresh 5W-30 oil, and rags to clean up any spills before you get started.
You should let the car run on a flat surface for a few minutes before starting to allow the engine to warm up. After that, open the hood and perform the following steps:
  • Jack up the vehicle so the engine is easily accessible
  • Remove the oil drain plug and set the drain pan below it
  • Loosen the plug for the drain and then the oil filter
  • Allow the old oil to drain into the pan
  • Remove the old filter and replace it with the new one
  • Pour in the new oil
  • Replace the oil cap 
The last step of an oil change is to get rid of the old oil at the proper recycling facility in a sealed container. Don't just leave it on the street or throw it away!
Once that’s done, you’re good to go. Check your oil level with your dipstick to ensure you’ve used enough oil and verify there are no possible leaks.
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