We may not have found much to like about the redesigned 2012 Nissan Versa sedan when we test drove it, but here's something in its favor: A Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

While the old Nissan subcompact never made it to the top of the IIHS rankings, the new sedan earned its award by scoring "good" ratings in front, side, rollover, and rear tests and coming equipped with standard stability control, according to the IIHS. The 2011 and earlier Versas only scored "acceptable" in side impact and roof strength tests.

Keep in mind that the Top Safety Pick only applies to the new sedan, as a redesigned version of the hatchback has not yet launched. The 2012 Versa hatchback is the same design that's been on sale since the 2007 model year.

See below for a video of the IIHS side impact test on the Versa sedan.


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      brgtlm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow - a third selling point now, other than low starting price and big back seat.
      Alterego
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree, carboy. I love how Renault/ Nissan are leading the "race to the bottom", and not just in "emerging markets".
      caydiz
      • 3 Years Ago
      This sedan needed this since Car & Driver, Motor Trend, and Automoblle magazines and Consumer reports had nothing good to say about it. I get 32 mpg city and 39 mpg highway as good as much smaller cars and almost as good as hybrids. It's also the cheapest sedan in the US.
        starryknight936
        • 3 Years Ago
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        Caydiz: I agree with what you wrote concerning the general vibe this sedan has been getting from the automotive press...it seems they all have a thumbs down on this machine. I'm glad the sedan serves you well and would consider purchasing this machine for myself with some aftermarket improvements. A power sunroof, powerful audio system with sub woofer and perhaps a flash metallic paint job (maybe) would make the SL version of this sedan just right...speaking for myself. Peace!<=AladdinSane-
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      • 3 Years Ago
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      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      It may be a top safety pick, but it's still ugly. I see lots of the first-gen Versas on the road, but I've a grand total of *one* of these. They're not selling.
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        "They're not selling." B-Segment Sales Rank (Feb 2012) Nissan Versa - 10,190 Chevrolet Sonic - 7,900 Hyundai Accent - 5,806 Ford Fiesta - 5,518 Honda Fit - 4,227 Toyota Yaris - 3,611 Kia Rio - 3,598 http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42959
        regionrat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        That's good news that they're not selling, since Nissan took away a lot of the qualities that made the previous Versa a success. I've seen two, and I work in a VERY poor area where Aveos are rampant.
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