The Nissan Versa has been known for its good value, decent interior space, cargo room, and…that’s it. The Versa didn’t really bring anything interesting to the table, but things are changing with the 2020 Nissan Versa, which is getting a good-looking design, more interior space, and lots of safety technologies. What that means is that its price isn’t that cheap anymore, as the new Versa starts at $15,625—a big increase from the 2019 model, which went for $13,355.
The 2020 Nissan Versa continues to be available in three different trims—S, SV, and SR. All of them come with the same 1.6-liter engine as before, except this time it produces 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 13 hp and 7 lb-ft over the outgoing model. The five-speed manual is the standard transmission for the S trim, while SV and SR trims get the CVT transmission. Should you opt for the CVT in the S model, the price increases to $17,295. The SV trim starts at $18,535, while the Versa SR has a sticker price of $19,135.
The 2020 Versa still has a ton of value, and customers will be happy to get a better exterior and interior design over the outgoing model. The S trim comes with standard push-start button, 15-inch steel wheels, three USB ports, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth for calls and streaming, Siri Eyes Free/Google Assistant voice recognition, and a 7.0-inch display on the dash. On the safety side, the Versa S gets automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking (which isn’t the same as rear cross-traffic braking), lane departure warning, high beam assist, auto on/off headlights, and cruise control.
Those who want to move up to the Versa SV will get a 7.0-inch touchscreen with the Nissan Connect infotainment system that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, access to Sirius XM, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, body-color exterior door handles and mirror caps, and driver seat armrest. The Versa SV receives Nissan Safety Shield, which adds blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert to the standard technologies that the S gets. The SV also gets a stitched leatherette dash, which improves the interior design.
The Versa SR, on the other hand, gets everything the SV has and adds remote engine start, intelligent key, six-speaker audio system, automatic climate control, LED headlights and taillights, fog lights, black mirror caps with integrated turn signals, dark chrome front fascia, seats with a special fabric, leatherette wrapped steering wheel, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Although the 2020 Versa receives a big price hike compared to the 2019 model, the design, equipment, and safety technologies don’t really compare to what it had before. Stay tuned for driving impressions coming soon.