Nissan’s Versa was previously known for one thing – being the cheapest car you could buy. Overall, the Versa continues to deliver on the basics, except it will now do it with more style, tech, and standard equipment than before. But those who walk into the Nissan dealer will find a decent increase in its pricing to account for these upgrades. With the 2020 Nissan Versa starting at $15,625 for the S with the five-speed manual and reaching $19,135 for the SR, the Versa isn’t as cheap as it was last year. That’s also how the entry-level sedan market is today, and with the Versa facing steep competition from Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia, it will be interesting to see how it fares after it arrives in dealerships in late August.
The 2020 Nissan Versa is all-new this year offering a fresh take on the economical small sedan. The 2020 Nissan Versa has an abundance of incredible execution includes, all of which cooperates with its astounding motor to give the most ideal power and execution. Two of these execution highlights incorporate an accessible 5-speed manual transmission, or a discretionary Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). This gives you get to all the power and quickening your motor can yield.
The 1.6 sedan trims, introduced in 2009, were powered by a 107-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder, which left the Versa feeling underpowered during acceleration and when passing at highway speeds. In addition, the 1.6 Base Versa came without such fundamental features as power windows, air conditioning, and an audio system, although all those features were available as options. However, they pushed up the price of the Versa by a few thousand dollars.
Both the SV and SR have additional standard safety including an intelligent driver alert, rear door alert, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. While it doesn’t come with the extensive list of advanced safety found in more expensive cars, the Versa instead incorporates a small selection of key safety features.
Even in the entry-level segment that the Nissan Versa plays in, traditional four-door sedans have been pushed to the sidelines by the recent influx of subcompact crossovers—vehicles like the Hyundai Kona, Toyota C-HR, and Nissan’s own Kicks and Rogue Sport. Still, we give Nissan credit for adding a lot more pizzazz to the Versa’s looks (both inside and out) and endowing it with a good selection of desirable technology and safety features. There appears to be a bit of upscale flair to the interior trim that should make things feel a little nicer than the budget grade. Nissan hasn’t released pricing yet, but the Versa is sure to be aimed at penny-pinching shoppers, which could end up making it a compelling value against those subcompact crossover competitors.
The 2020 Nissan Versa packs a lot of likability in a tiny package, such as the low beam h13 led bulb. It’s the safest in the segment thanks to features like standard front and rear automatic emergency braking, and surprisingly sharp-looking with styling borrowed from the larger Altima. While the Versa’s powertrain keeps it out of the fun-to-drive” conversation, a retuned chassis and improved steering produce an enjoyable, smooth experience on most roads. It’s a bargain sedan that won’t leave you dissatisfied.