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$11,995 - $15,999
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2020 1.6 S 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $14,830
2020 1.6 SV 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $17,740
2020 1.6 SR 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $18,340
Expert Rating
2.8 (Fair)

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Overview

What's New

The 2020 Nissan Versa competes in the lowest price class, but this year's total redesign goes a long way toward erasing its economy-car image. Most notably, the Nissan Versa Note hatchback has been discontinued for the 2020 model year.

Now available only in sedan form, the new Versa sheds its utilitarian styling in favor of Nissan's latest design language. The V-shaped nose and upswept haunches transform it into a proper relative of the brand's larger, costlier sedans.

Inside, the Versa switches to a horizontal dash layout that frees up space and looks upmarket. Updates to the engine and transmission boost highway fuel economy to 40 miles per gallon.

Another of the Versa's biggest gains is the newly standard driver assistance safety technologies. All trims come with automatic emergency breaking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and more.

Choosing Your Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa comes in three trim levels: S, SV, and SR. Pricing starts at $15,625 including destination for the S and tops out at $19,135 for the SR. Due to the significant equipment upgrades, the base price has increased by $2,370 over last year.

Engine Choices

Nissan's 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine continues as the sole Versa option. Improvements to the design result in lower emissions, better fuel economy, and a modest increase in output. The engine is rated at 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque.

The S model starts with a five-speed manual transmission, but the SV and SR only come with a new continuously variable transmission (CVT). Upgrading to the CVT costs $1,670 on the S.

The CVT is lighter and more efficient than the old unit, helping to boost fuel economy to an EPA-estimated 32 miles per gallon city, 40 mpg highway, and 35 combined. With the manual, the Versa only gets 27/35/30 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Generous rear leg room permits the Nissan Versa to carry five adults without complaint, which is no small accomplishment in this class. Truck volume is above average at 14.7 cubic feet, and models equipped with the CVT have a split-folding rear seat.

Nissan Versa

Safety Features

The Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of active safety features is now standard across the lineup. It includes front and rear automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.

The SV and SR also get a diver alertness monitor and rear door alert to help prevent leaving children or parcels in the car. Adaptive cruise control is optional on the SR only for $300.

Connectivity

Standard infotainment features include a 7-inch touchscreen, three USB ports, a 12-volt power outlet, and four speakers. The SV and SR also get SiriusXM radio, two additional speakers, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The upgraded system features steering wheel-mounted controls and voice recognition.

Nissan Versa

S - From $15,625

The Versa S comes with some nice standard touches like automatic headlights, push-button start, and a subtle rear spoiler. Powers window are now standard as well. The S rides on 15-inch wheels with full covers.

SV - From $18,535

The SV gets the infotainment upgrades and CVT as standard, plus nicer upholstery, heated side mirrors with turn signals, and 16-inch aluminum wheels. Door handles are mirrors are body color instead of black.

SR - From $19,135

The SR adds remote start, LED front lighting, and unique 17-inch wheels. Interiors receive sport cloth seats and leather trim for the shifter and steering wheel. The $300 Convenience Package furnishes heated front seats and adaptive cruise control.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2020 Nissan Versa is no longer the cheapest car on the market, and that's a good thing in this case. The price increase has allowed Nissan to pile on features that were previously unimaginable on the Versa. For buyers who want the CVT, which is most of them, the SV is a better buy than the S. That said, the SR, especially with the Convenience Package, wins for the most car for the money.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Affordable price tag
  • Well-sized trunk
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Good available tech features
Cons
  • Lackluster acceleration
  • Tight back seats
  • Stripped-down base trim
Expert Rating
2.8 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: 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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Safety now included. The 2020 Nissan Versa is an all-new model. Every Versa now comes with a strong list of safety features as standard: automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.

More space where it counts. With the heavy redesign, the Nissan Versa’s body is 1.6 inches longer and 1.8 inches wider than the 2019 model. What the larger dimensions translate to is roughly three more inches of front leg room than before. In addition, the Versa’s trunk has grown slightly to 14.7 cubic feet.

Good fuel economy. Nissan updated the Versa’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine for improved fuel economy. While output is rated at a modest 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque, the engine's more powerful and fuel efficient than before.

The EPA rates the Versa to get 35 miles per gallon combined, up from 34 mpg combined for the outgoing model.

Dashing looks. The Nissan Versa has always been one of the more affordable models on the market. That kind of philosophy saw the model put things like design on the back burner. With the 2020 redesign, the Versa ditches its economy roots for something that’s much more dramatic.

Sharing a lot of the same exterior elements as the Nissan Altima and Nissan Maxima, the Versa doesn’t look like it’s built on a budget anymore. Nissan’s large V-Motion grille, a floating roof design, sharp taillights, and a lengthy roofline help the Versa shed its old rental-car looks.


Nissan Versa

Dull performance. Centering around fuel economy, the Versa doesn’t excite in straight-line performance or around corners. The sedan takes roughly 10 seconds to get to 60 mph from a standstill, and struggles to provide enough power to pass on the highway.

Bare-bones base model. Nissan packed the Versa with more features than ever, but the S trim is still focused on being an affordable subcompact sedan. Standard features include 15-inch wheels, keyless ignition, a 7-inch touchscreen, and cloth upholstery.

While the Versa has all of the major things, it pales in comparison to what higher trims come with. If a Versa is on your shopping list, start with the SV and skip the S trim.

Final thoughts. For anyone on a budget, the 2020 Nissan Versa makes a lot of sense. While it still retains its affordable price tag, the subcompact sedan comes with more. More safety features, more tech features, more dramatic styling – the all-new version seemingly comes with more in nearly every category.

There are only a few things we’re left wanting for with the Versa. For one, more features on the base S trim, but that’s easily avoided by moving up to the SV. We appreciate the Versa’s fuel economy figures, but we would gladly take worse figures for improved acceleration, especially when trying to pass on the highway. Lastly, the exterior design is much prettier than what you'll find on the inside. We’d like to see the cabin get a design that matches the exterior.

In terms of the competition, the Honda Fit is the option to beat in the subcompact segment. It has a more spacious interior, better fuel economy numbers, more power, better driving dynamics, and more safety features. The Toyota Yaris is also one of our favorites, as it features a high-quality interior, nimble handling, and a great list of standard features.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 122 HP / 114 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: Xtronic 2-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
27 / 35 / 31 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 122 HP / 114 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
27 / 35 / 31 Mpg
Brakes
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Strut
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
$41
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
89 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
177.0 "
Exterior Width
68.5 "
Exterior Height
57.5 "
Front Headroom
39.5 "
Rear Headroom
36.3 "
Front Legroom
44.5 "
Rear Legroom
31.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
53.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,598 Lbs. / 2,649 Lbs.
Wheel Base
103 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
15.0 " Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Bench / 60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
4
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
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
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Automatic Emergency Braking (aeb) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning (ldw) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Automatic Emergency Braking With Pedestrian Detection (p-aeb) Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
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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