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Nissan Versa: America’s Most Affordable Car Is Fully Reimagined for 2020

Carrie Kim


The Nissan Versa, with its low price tag and entry-level accessibility, is already the sales leader in the subcompact segment, but for 2020, the brand aims to blow the competition out of the water. With a complete design makeover and impressive tech and safety features for the class, the new 2020 Nissan Versa has the potential to do just that.

The Versa is a subcompact sedan aimed at younger, first-time buyers. To up the car’s appeal, the exterior design has been changed dramatically. While the current generation comes off as just another drab economy car, the Versa’s new sleek design gives off the complete opposite impression. Mimicking its larger siblings in the Nissan lineup (the Altima and Maxima), the Versa also sports Nissan’s signature V-motion grille, boomerang headlights/taillamps, and “floating roof.” The car also sits lower and wider, creating a more modern and dramatic stance than the current model. It’s quite the upgrade from the current Versa’s homely look.

The Versa also wows on the inside with a greatly improved interior. This time, taking cues from the new(ish) Nissan Kicks crossover, the large 7-inch color screen and dashboard layout instantly make the Versa appear more upscale. Standard features include keyless entry, push-button start, and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


But the Versa’s main appeal has always been price. Currently, it’s the lowest-priced new car you can buy. Pricing for the 2020 model has not yet been released, but Nissan has assured us that the Versa’s focus remains on value, despite its upgrades and improvements. Most notably, Nissan has bundled popular safety technology features together and have made them standard on the Versa, which is especially impressive for the class. Standard features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic rear braking, a lane-departure warning, and high beam assist. Other safety features also not usually seen in this class, such as a blind-spot warning, a rear cross traffic alert, and intelligent cruise control are also available on the 2020 Versa.

We weren’t able to drive the car just yet, but the Versa will come in three trims, all featuring a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine making 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. The Versa Note, which is the current five-door hatchback version of the Versa, will be discontinued for 2020. Alternatively, customers interested in the Versa Note should look to the brand's also-value-laden subcompact crossover, the Nissan Kicks. The 2020 Nissan Versa will be available sometime this summer.