The third-generation Nissan Versa is 2.3 inches lower, 1.8 inches wider, and 1.6 inches longer than the Versa it replaces and styling is definitely more handsome. It is available in S, SV and SR levels. With prices starting at $14,730 and fully loaded SRs coming in under $20,000, the Nissan Versa represents great value.
All Nissan Versas continue to be powered by the same 1.6-liter, four-cylinder DOHC engine with Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) as used in the outgoing model. However, it is a bit more powerful this year with 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft torque. A five-speed manual continues to be the standard transmission for the S grade, while the SV and SR trims only come with an Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). The CVT is optional on the base S trim. Manual gearbox-equipped 2020 Versas get 27 city/40 highway mpg while CVT versions net 32 city/40 highway mpg.
The S, SV, and SR each offer a slightly difference appearance beyond their 15-, 16- and 17-inch wheels, respectively, with the upper two alloys. Headlights on the S and SV are halogen, while the SR has LEDS. Interiors also get better as you go up in trim levels. SV and SR trims feature a 7-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These trims also get a 7-inch instrument cluster. S trims get a 7-inch display, but without the Nissan Connect infotainment system or Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. All trims have three USB ports, pushbutton start, and Bluetooth for calls and audio streaming.
Even at these budget prices, the Versa has many driver-assist aides. All trims get standard Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, and Lane Departure Warning. SV and SR trims add Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Driver Alertness, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Cruise control is standard on all trims. However, Intelligent Cruise Control that maintains a set distance to the vehicle ahead is only optional on the top SR trim. All trims get auto on/off headlights and high-beam assist.
Nissan strives to ensure a driver never leaves a child in a Versa SV or SR with the model’s standard Rear Seat Alert system, which reminds drivers to check the back seat when exiting by sounding the Versa’s horn.