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If you're looking for the best value on a new car this year, the 2020 Nissan Versa should be at the top of your list.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2020 Nissan Versa offers comfort, advanced technology, great performance, and a well-equipped version can be purchased for less than $20,000. If you're looking for one of the best new car values on the market for 2020, be sure to stop at a Nissan dealer and consider the Versa subcompact sedan. This car offers comfort, advanced technology, and great performance. A well-equipped example can be purchased for less than $20,000.

For example, consider the mid-trim Versa SV. This five-passenger sedan is big enough to be comfortable for adults over 6 feet tall, and offers entirely reasonable performance from the standard 1.6-liter engine and continuously variable automatic transmission. The Versa has no trouble getting on the freeway or making a pass, thanks to its comparatively light curb weight. That lightweight design also allows the Versa to return 32 MPG in city driving and up to 40 MPG on the highway.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The interior design of the 2020 Nissan Versa is clean and simple, and even the least expensive version is well equipped.

The interior of the Versa is basic, but a good design. The seats are trimmed in cloth, and seat heat is available in the top SR trim. The trunk offers up to 15 cubic feet of capacity, which is more than some larger sedans offer.

The dash design is clean and uncluttered, making the Versa easy to use. A seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display offers easy access to audio and both Apple and Android smartphone integration. The system includes voice control and satellite radio capability, too.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The fronr seats of the 2020 Nissan Versa are comfortable and can be ordered with hear t in the top model.

The tech doesn't stop there, however. The Versa SV offers advanced driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, which is pleasantly surprising in an economy car. All Versa trims come with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic rear braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and a rear view camera.

Part of the ownership experience is the car's appearance, and the Versa is a car you can be proud to have in your driveway. The SV trim comes with 16-inch alloy wheels and it's available in a variety of fun colors. The Versa looks more expensive than it is.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - There is enough room for three people in the rear seats of the 2020 Nissan Versa.

If you want to keep your costs as low as possible, the base trim Versa S starts at a thrifty $14,730. That price includes a 5-speed manual transmission, which reduces fuel economy to 27 MPG city and 35 MPG highway, but it's among the most affordable cars on the market. Even if you choose the base model, the Versa still comes with all the advanced safety features, and that's a great benefit.

On the road, the 2020 Versa is completely capable. In a week of daily driving, I was impressed with the performance for the price, and I looked forward to getting into the car each day. If you're looking for the best value on a new car this year, the 2020 Nissan Versa should be at the top of your list.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The trunk in the subcompact 2020 Nissa Versa is surprisingly large.

2020 Nissan Versa SV

Base price: $17,640

Price as tested: $19,140

Type: Compact sedan

Engine: 1.6-liter four-cylinder (122 hp, 114 lbs-ft)

Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission

EPA estimated mileage: 32/40

Overall length: 177 inches

Curb weight: 2,657 pounds

Final assembly: Aguascalientes, Mexico

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