The 2016 Nissan Versa earned the Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) 2016 BEST ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE Award in the Compact car class. The Versa is distinguished as an ASG best in class economic performance selection for model year 2016, holding claim to the lowest cost of ownership not only in its class of 287 Compact cars, but the lowest cost of ownership of all 1,382 cars and SUV’s available in the US market in 2016. ASG’s economic performance model shows the abridged life-cycle carrying and operating costs of vehicle ownership to assess the economic benefits of owning and operating conventional and alternatively powered vehicles.
The Versa also earned ASG’s 2016 BEST 5 ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE honor, and is distinguished among an elite group of five vehicles in the Compact car class. In areas of environmental, social and economic performance, the three fundamentals of ASGʼs data-driven automotive life-cycle assessment platform - the Automotive Performance Index (API) - the Versa performed among the top five vehicles in the competitive class for model year 2016. BEST 5 honored models are the best overall performers in class and are among ASG's top selections for 2016.
The API applies statistical methods to demonstrate each vehicle rating in relative comparison. The vehicle that performs highest in any performance area, in a given class, obtains a rating score of 100 in that specific performance area (Economic, Social, Environmental and All-Around Performance). Each vehicle is then compared relative to the top-performing vehicle in its class, with a rating score reflecting the statistical difference in performance outcomes. For example, a rating of 95 translates to a 5% performance deficit as compared to the top-performing vehicle in class.