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

Performance

Nissan Versa

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.

Style

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.