Aug
07
Cool Things About The 2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Nissan Versa SR in Electric Blue Metallic

When Nissan redesigned its Versa subcompact sedan for 2020, the Japanese automaker truly transformed its most-affordable offering. Compared to the car it replaced, the all-new Versa is roomier, quieter, better finished, and better equipped with desirable safety equipment. The 2020 Versa is also arguably better looking than the previous-generation car.

For a complete review of the 2020 Nissan Versa, click here. Here, we’ll look at several of our favorite features of the new Versa. As for the styling, please tell us what you think. The place to leave comments is down below.

First Spin: 2020 Nissan Versa

6 Cool Things About The 2020 Nissan Versa

 

It’s loaded with safety equipment

2020 Nissan Versa

Even the base Versa S comes standard with a generous list of desirable safety and driver-assistance features, including forward collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, rear obstacle detection with automatic braking, and automatic high-beam headlights. Stepping up to the midline SV or topline SR adds blind-spot alert and rear cross-traffic alert.

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It’s roomy

2020 Nissan Versam Roominess

Even our largest and tallest editors found the new Versa provided better-than-adequate room and comfort, even for longer trips. Rear-seat space is somewhat less generous, but adult-friendly nonetheless–provided those adults aren’t especially big or tall. All told, Versa is among the roomiest subcompact-car offerings.

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The trunk is really big

2020 Versa Trunk

Well, big for the class. Versa serves up almost 15 cubic feet of trunk volume–about a cubic foot more than the Hyundai Accent or Kia Rio, two of the Versa’s primary class rivals. The bad news is that though the rear seatbacks fold flat to expand the cargo area, they do not lay flat, which complicates the loading and unloading of larger items.

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It’s fuel efficient

2020 Versa Engine

Equipped with the CVT automatic transmission, the 2020 Nissan Versa is EPA-rated at 32 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway. In Consumer Guide testing, the Versa SR seen in these photos returned a thrifty 32.7 mpg in an even mix of city and highway driving.

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It’s affordable

2020 Versa Options

Though the 2020 Nissan Versa is considerably more expensive than the 2019 model it replaces, it remains among the most affordable cars available in the United States. At the moment, only the Chevrolet Spark ($14,095) and the Mitsubishi Mirage ($14,990) come in below the base-model Versa ($15,625).

Even our fully loaded test SR bottom-lined at comfortably less than $22,000, and that includes the arguably unnecessary Electronics Package ($855) and Lighting Package ($690).

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It’s good looking

2019 Versa vs. 2020 Versa

At least we think so. Compared to the previous-generation Versa (left), which was arguably frumpy, the new car boasts an edgy, modern look, and appears more expensive than it is.

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You can still get a manual transmission

Versa with Manual transmission

Good luck finding one on a dealership lot, but the base Versa S can be had a 5-speed manual transmission. The good news: The stick-shift Versa costs $1670 less than the least-expensive automatic-equipped version. The bad news: Going with the manual costs you 5 mpg in city, highway, and combined driving, according to the EPA.

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The 2020 Nissan Versa SR Gallery

Cool Things About The 2020 Nissan Versa