2018 Nissan Versa S vs S Plus

2018 Nissan Versa parked by curved concrete and grass lines and lake

Sometimes the hardest decision comes down to choosing between trim levels. When comparing the 2018 Nissan Versa S vs the S Plus trim, you’re looking at the first two of four trim level options for the model. What this means is that you’ll see some base features, and then what you would receive if you decided to go up just one more trim level. Essentially you’re asking yourself, is the S Plus worth the additional cost?

Like the name implies, the S Plus is very much like the S, but with just a few more features. It’s also more than $2,000 more expensive. So, is it worth it? Well, one key thing to consider is the transmission. This is a big reason for the extra price for the S Plus. The model comes standard with the Xtronic CVT, while the S comes exclusively with a five-speed manual. Therefore, those who do not know how to drive stick or simply don’t wish to will have to upgrade to the S Plus.

2018 Nissan Versa S


2018 Nissan Versa S Plus

$12,110 Starting MSRP* $14,250
5-speed manual Standard Transmission Xtronic CVT
No Cruise Control Yes
No Rear Spoiler Yes

How do features compare in the S vs S Plus?

Trim level differences are primarily a matter of available features in the Versa lineup. It’s true that the CVT transmission is one of the key factors in this particular model, but there is a small handful of features that also sweeten the deal for prospective drivers.

Standard features for the 2018 Nissan Versa S include the Bluetooth hands-free phone system, speed-sensitive volume control, an AM/FM/CD four-speaker audio system and manual air conditioning.

All of these features may be considered necessities to most motorists, but there’s one missing: Cruise control. This feature is added to the S Plus to make the driving experience more free and easy. Most other features, such as the rear spoiler with integrated LED headlights, are primarily about style. The S Plus also has rear tire air deflectors and a lower drag coefficient.

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*All prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license, and options. Dealer sets actual price.