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2019 1.6 S 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $12,460
2019 1.6 S+ 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $14,600
2019 1.6 SV 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $16,090


Nissan continues to impress with their Versa subcompact sedan. Starting at $13,255, this affordable four-door subcompact is roomy, comfortable, and larger than many of its rivals. The 2019 Nissan Versa is offered to consumers in three trim levels, is fuel efficient, and impressively well equipped (even in base configuration) for its class. It’s still considered the lowest priced new car in the US, but the Versa delivers exceptional value for owners looking for a reliable daily-driver.

What's New for 2019

The Nissan Versa Sedan received a fresh upgrade in mid-2018, which added a standard rearview camera, and an improved seven-inch infotainment display screen with Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and USB connectivity.

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Choosing Your Nissan Versa

The 2019 Nissan Versa arrives at dealerships in three available trims: the base S, S Plus, and SV. While it’s marketed as a five-passenger sedan, it would be more accurate to state that only four would fit comfortably. The Versa features 37 inches of leg room and 14.9-cubic feet of cargo space, which expands when you fold down the 60/40-split folding rear seats (available with the SV). The Nissan Versa is also available as a five-door hatchback called the Versa Note, but we cover that model separately.

Each Versa receives its power via a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. The S has a five-speed manual transmission as standard, while the other models get a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Versa returns an EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon city, 36 mpg highway, and 30 combined with the manual transmission, or 31/39/34 mpg (city/highway/combined) with the CVT.

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The base 2019 Nissan Versa is the S, which is a rather bare-bones edition that starts at $13,255 (all prices include an $895 destination charge). The S is only offered with a five-speed manual transmission, so if you’re looking for an automatic, the S Plus is your starting point. The S does come with a seven-inch infotainment display screen that features USB connection, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and AM/FM stereo. The S also features air conditioning, 15-inch steel wheels with covers, and LATCH system tethers for child seats in the rear. There are no packages available.

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S Plus

With a starting price of $15,395, the S Plus is a slightly enhanced version of the base. The S Plus swaps the five-speed manual with an automatic CVT, which also improves fuel economy. The S Plus receives integrated LED rear lights, a rear spoiler, cruise control, and chrome accents on the grill and headlights. Essentially, the added cost is for the CVT convenience and minor exterior additions. There are no packages available here, either.

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Near the top of the Versa range is the SV, which begins at $16,885. This is where the fun begins with this subcompact sedan. For the extra cheddar, consumers receive keyless entry, the 60/40-split rear fold-down seating, power door locks and windows, upgraded cloth seating, and electro-luminescent gauges with a service interval reminder system. Inside, you’ll discover a six-way manually-adjustable driver seat and armrest, silver accents on the vent rings, dash, and shift knob, black trim, and a speed-sensitive volume control system. The SV Special Edition Package ($800) adds unique 15-inch wheels, fog lights, push button start, a tire pressure monitoring system, NissanConnect, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Nissan's Vehicle Immobilizer System, and a three-month satellite radio subscription.

Nissan does market an SV Special Edition as a standalone, but this is simply the SV with the Special Edition Package equipment as standard for the same price. The SV Special Edition does offer consumers two special exterior color options: Cayenne Red Metallic and Deep Blue Pearl.

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The 2019 Nissan Versa is an exceptional daily-driver, especially for those looking to drive for Lyft, Uber, or other ride-sharing or local delivery companies. For the money, the SV is probably the best buy, offering consumers power locks and windows, air conditioning, and the 60/40-split rear seating, which significantly improves the storage room.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The lowest priced new car is none other than the 2019 Nissan Versa. It delivers an outstanding and appealing low price, but in base form, it doesn’t offer many of the amenities we expect in a new car. If a Versa sedan is on your shopping list, we recommend looking at a top-trim model.

Best Value

The 2019 Nissan Versa is a subcompact sedan with room for five. It has a 14.9 cubic foot trunk, which is uncommonly large for this segment. The back seat splits and folds down and top trim models, delivering maximum storage space.

Nissan offers the Versa in four trims: S, S Plus, SV, and SV Special Edition. The latter trim represents a package, which we outline in detail below. All models have a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, but most trims have a continuously variable transmission.

The list of standard features includes 15-inch steel wheels and dual power-controlled side mirrors. You’ll also find cloth seats, a tilt steering column, air conditioning, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port.

Our pick is the top-of-the-line SV Special Edition model. This one has fog lights, 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, keyless entry with push-button start, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. Here’s how we build our best value Versa:

  • Model:2019 Nissan Versa SV Special Edition
  • Engine: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Output:109 hp / 107 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Continuously variable automatic
  • Drivetrain:Front-wheel drive
  • MPG:31 City / 39 Hwy
  • Options: None
  • Base Price:$17,675 (including an $885 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$17,675


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With the 2019 Versa, Nissan places an emphasis on efficiency. This model delivers an admirable 31 miles per gallon city, 39 mpg highway, and 34 combined, according to the EPA. That’s four mpg combined higher than the Versa with the five-speed manual transmission and clearly the better choice here.

Under the hood is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with an output of 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. This engine delivers leisurely acceleration and modest passing power. Its taller-than-normal body means this little sedan is buffeted by side winds more so than most other models. We like the steering as it's nicely weighted. Braking is also firm to the touch.


Styling isn't a Nissan Versa strong suit. Sure, Nissan’s attractive V-motion grille dominates the front fascia, but this model’s layout and lines seem dated and not proportional. The Versa sits taller than it should and it looks mismatched from the sides.

The standard steel wheels scream thriftiness, while the available aluminum-alloy wheels simply look better. The trunk seems pasted on, but we’ll ease criticism here as it's roomy and useful.

Inside, the cabin is simple, even utilitarian. This isn’t unexpected as the emphasis in on price, but the style does nothing to excite. The center console seems sparse and the tall gear lever just doesn’t cut it. Most drivers should find the front seats adequate, but adequate may not be enough for tall drivers.

The Best and Worst Things

If price is your top consideration for gaining a vehicle with a new car smell, then the 2019 Nissan Versa deserves more than a passing mention. But that low cost comes at a trade-off, namely in the cheap feeling you experience as you drive one. We think some buyers will find the compact Sentra more to their liking.

Right For? Wrong For?

Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa is right for the person who wants a roomy subcompact model. The Versa offers more space inside than any competitor and its trunk holds much more than your weekend bags. On the other hand, if you’re not willing to sacrifice some comfort and amenities, this little sedan is simply the wrong choice for you.

The Bottom Line

There are many other vehicles priced slightly higher than the 2019 Nissan Versa, and each of these are better packaged and more comfortable.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 109 HP / 107 ft.lbs.
5-spd man w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
27 / 36 / 31 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 109 HP / 107 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
27 / 36 / 31 Mpg
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
10.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
90 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
175.4 "
Exterior Width
66.7 "
Exterior Height
59.6 "
Front Headroom
39.8 "
Rear Headroom
36.6 "
Front Legroom
41.8 "
Rear Legroom
37.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
51.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
51.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,395 Lbs.
Wheel Base
102 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
15.0 " Steel / 15.0 " Black Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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