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.
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.
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.
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.
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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