2018 Nissan Micra

Buyer's Guide

Not long after Nissan brought its Micra subcompact to Canada as a 2015 model, it unveiled a redesigned model at the Paris auto show. That got us excited, because a new version of a car we like is always something to look forward to.

But we got excited too soon. While the Micra will remain in Canada (it was never added to Nissan's U.S. lineup), it will stay in its current form.

That's not a terrible thing, but it's a decision prompted by North America's weakening market for cars in the face of the growing popularity of crossovers and SUVs.

Changes of note for 2018 include the addition of a standard backup camera (this safety feature is required in every new car sold in Canada from May 2018) and the elimination of the manual transmission option for the SR trim, though that shift-it-yourself gearbox remains the standard transmission for S and SV trims.

Which ever transmission you choose -- that five-speed stick or the optional four-speed automatic -- it comes hitched to a 1.6L four-cylinder engine that makes 109 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque.

Those are modest figures, but that little motor doesn't have much car to haul around, so the Micra is surprisingly spry in city driving, especially with the manual. If you plan to do much highway driving, the automatic is actually the better choice for taller gearing that keeps the engine speed lower and brings a nominal reduction in engine noise.

S trim comes with 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, trip computer, intermittent rear wiper, split folding rear seats and a two-speaker AM/FM/CD player with aux-in jack. It also comes standard with manual door locks, wind-up windows, manual mirrors -- and no air conditioning. If you want cold air in a Micra S, you have to opt for the automatic, which also brings cruise control.

SV trim adds body-coloured door handles, power heated mirrors, air conditioning, power door locks with keyless entry, power windows, height-adjustable driver's seat, upgraded cloth trim, Bluetooth and a pair of extra speakers.

The SR adds a colour display audio system,with USB port, sport cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a rear spoiler, fog lights, snazzy side skirts, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Fuel consumption estimates are 9.0/6.8 L/100 km (city/highway) with the automatic transmission and 8.7/6.8 with the manual.

2018 Nissan Micra Specifications

There are 10 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $9,988 MSRP
7.8
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
109 hp @6000 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Hatchback
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
S Manual $9,988 5 Hatchback
S Manual 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
S Manual 150.7" 65.6" 60.1" 96.5"
S Manual
S Manual Cloth Seats
S Manual
S Manual
2018.5 S Manual $10,488 5 Hatchback
2018.5 S Manual 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
2018.5 S Manual 150.7" 65.6" 60.1" 96.5"
2018.5 S Manual
2018.5 S Manual Cloth Seats
2018.5 S Manual
2018.5 S Manual
S Auto $13,888 5 Hatchback
S Auto 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm 4-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
S Auto 150.7" 65.6" 60.1" 96.5"
S Auto
S Auto Cloth Seats
S Auto
S Auto
SV Manual $14,288 5 Hatchback
SV Manual 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
SV Manual 150.7" 65.6" 60.1" 96.5"
SV Manual
SV Manual Cloth Seats
SV Manual
SV Manual
2018.5 S Auto $14,298 5 Hatchback
2018.5 S Auto 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm 4-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
2018.5 S Auto 150.7" 65.6" 60.1" 96.5"
2018.5 S Auto
2018.5 S Auto Cloth Seats
2018.5 S Auto
2018.5 S Auto
2018.5 SV Manual $14,598 5 Hatchback
2018.5 SV Manual 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
2018.5 SV Manual 150.7" 65.6" 60.1" 96.5"
2018.5 SV Manual
2018.5 SV Manual Cloth Seats
2018.5 SV Manual
2018.5 SV Manual
SV Auto $15,288 5 Hatchback
SV Auto 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm 4-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
SV Auto 150.7" 65.6" 60.1" 96.5"
SV Auto
SV Auto Cloth Seats
SV Auto
SV Auto
2018.5 SV Auto $15,598 5 Hatchback
2018.5 SV Auto 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm 4-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
2018.5 SV Auto 150.7" 65.6" 60.1" 96.5"
2018.5 SV Auto
2018.5 SV Auto Cloth Seats
2018.5 SV Auto
2018.5 SV Auto
SR Auto $17,388 5 Hatchback
SR Auto 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm 4-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
SR Auto 150.7" 65.6" 60.1" 96.5"
SR Auto
SR Auto Cloth Seats
SR Auto
SR Auto
2018.5 SR Auto $17,598 5 Hatchback
2018.5 SR Auto 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm 4-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
2018.5 SR Auto 150.7" 65.6" 60.1" 96.5"
2018.5 SR Auto
2018.5 SR Auto Cloth Seats
2018.5 SR Auto
2018.5 SR Auto

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Owner Reviews: 2018 Nissan / Micra

Average Rating

1990 Nissan Micra

by zeeke on 03-11-2013
Excellent subcompact
This is a great little car to drive if and if you can still find a good used one out there it will save you a lot on gas. The oil never leaked on me once in the nine years I owned mine. Unfortunately mine was totalled in an accident.
It runs great and can do quite well even on the freeway.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

1987 Nissan Micra

by cyancar on 10-22-2012
Small Car
The 1987 Nissan Micra is a great little car that would make a great first car for anybody. These days, they can be bought for cheap. The car is relatively easy to repair, power is still adequate for such an old car, and will defintely get you from A to B.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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2000 Nissan Micra

by Ian_Mac on 10-11-2012
Funny little car - but has its charms
Drove one of these when I first passed my driving test. It's a great starter car, easy to handle and on the manual version the clutch feels like a go kart.

It looks pretty odd but has a quirky charm I suppose. It's not really a pleasure to drive, the interior is far from luxurious but it comes with the territory.

The main benefit has got to be the fuel efficiency. I can't remember the exact MPG but I remember a tank of gas kept me going for weeks! Plus they are build well, no issues ever came up in 4 years. I can't overstate what a good little runner this car is.
Overall
3.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
2/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
2/5
Exterior Styling
1/5
Reliability
4/5
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