As a car reviewer, occasionally I get behind the wheel of a car for the first time and think, “this is a game changer.” Sadly, it doesn’t happen as often as I wish it did, but this week, I had that experience. As you read this, I want you to keep in the back of your mind, I am driving a car with a sticker price that is just $40 over $20,000. Yes, that is the MSRP or sticker price.
Nissan has knocked it out of the park with the new 2020 Nissan Versa. In SUV crazy America, when some car companies are abandoning the sedan market, here comes a car that is a joy to drive and chocked full of safety features.
The 2020 Versa SR that was delivered to me this week was a bit of shocker. As I always do, I get in a car, drive it, and then try to guess the sticker price. After the first day, I assumed this car was north of $25,000.
So keeping that barely $20,000 price in mind, consider this car has standard equipment that includes:
- Automatic transmission
- Automatic emergency braking
- Rear automatic braking
- Lane departure warning
- High beam assist
- Rearview monitor
- Siri eyes free and Google assistant with voice recognition
- LED headlights
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Automatic climate control
- Nissan intelligent key
Sounds like a luxury car feature list, heh? More shocking, the SR is the top-of-the-line. The S starts under $15,000.
The Monarch Orange paint is a $395 option and this car has the convenience package which is $300 and gives you adaptive cruise control and heated front seats. Dealer-installed floor mats add $210, and that’s it! You can easily keep this car under $20,000 and that is before any dealer discounts or factory rebates.
Other standard equipment includes a 7.0-inch color display with touch screen capability, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System and Streaming audio via Bluetooth, 12-volt power outlet, three USB ports, interface for iPod and other compatible devices, and AM/FM audio system with 4 speakers.
As you look at the gauges behind the flat-bottom steering wheel with controls, you see a 7.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display. In addition, it includes NissanConnect featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and SiriusXM satellite radio.
The 2020 Versa also comes complete with a long list of standard convenience features, including front and rear power windows with driver's one-touch auto up/down, speed-sensing auto door locks front map lights, front door map pockets with bottle holder, dual front and rear cup holders, cruise control, illuminated steering wheel controls for audio and cruise control, remote keyless entry with fobs, including lock/unlock and trunk release, and push button start.
Under the hood, you get a next generation 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 122-horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque – increases of 12 percent and seven percent respectively, but it truly feels like more.
The interior is well done and the seats are comfortable. Surprisingly, the Versa is very quiet inside and the CVT (continuously variable transmission) is not annoying as they often are. If it has the start/stop system, I cannot detect it. Even on a 100-degree day, the air conditioner will freeze you out.
Acceleration is good from takeoff but struggles some at higher speeds. If you are going to get 40 miles per gallon on the highway, you’ve got to give up something.
Even the exterior is attractive with great wheels and sharp lines that flow from front to rear. Versa has the trademark Nissan V grill and nice spoiler in the front to cut the air, and a small spoiler on the deck lid.
Trunk space is very large, with a nice cutout to load things in.
Fuel economy is terrific at 32 city and 40 on the highway. You can get the Versa in a manual transmission if you wish, but it drops the fuel economy slightly.
The last Versa was the least expensive car sold in America, but that is no longer true. Nissan stepped it up in the value and safety departments.
2020 Nissan Versa SR
- What I liked most: Value and comfort.
- What I would change: For $20,000, NOTHING.
- MSRP: Base price $19,135. MSRP is $20,040 with transportation.
- Fuel Economy: 32 City/40 Highway/35 combined.
- Fuel Tank: 10.8 gallons with filler on the driver’s side.
- Dimensions: 177” long/68.5” wide/57.3” high.
- Weight: 2728 pounds.
- Trailer Towing: N/A.
- Miles When Tested: 1800 miles.
- Official Color: Orange Sunset.
- Spare tire: Inflator kit.
- Final Assembly Point: Aguascalientes, Mexico.
- 2020 Versa in a few words: This is the best and safest compact car sold in America today.
- Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, with roadside assistance, and 5-years/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.
- Manufacturer’s website: Nissan
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