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Nissan Versa: Everything You Need to Know
About the Nissan Versa:
The Nissan Versa is a subcompact sedan that represents the most affordable offering in the Japanese company's lineup. The Versa is aimed at budget-conscious buyers who are seeking reliable, basic transportation.
The Nissan Versa is inexpensive, roomy, and fuel efficient, making it a good buy. And with a few upgrades it can be made relatively comfortable.
The 2020 Nissan Versa debuts at the New York Auto Show on April 12. At the time of writing, no details were available.
What’s New in the 2019 Nissan Versa?
The new Nissan Versa has been given a modest set of updates for 2019. It retains the same length and width as in the previous year, as well as the same drivetrain options. The biggest changes have to do with adding features and moving some items between trims.
Notably, the 2019 Nissan Versa now offers:
- A new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Bluetooth streaming audio
- The SV Special Edition package, which replaces last year's top SL trim level
All versions of the 2019 Nissan Versa feature a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual in the base model and a continuously variable automatic (CVT) in other trim levels. The latter delivers an EPA fuel economy rating of 31-mpg city and 39-mpg highway. Manual cars are somewhat thirstier.
There is also a hatchback version of the Nissan Versa available, called the Versa Note. It offers considerably more cargo space than the sedan, especially with the rear seat folded.
What Does the 2019 Nissan Versa Compete With?
The 2019 Nissan Versa and Versa Note compete with the following cars:
The most popular version of the Nissan Versa is the SV trim. With all other models so barebones in terms of features, the SV stands out for offering the best level of equipment. This includes power windows and door locks, keyless entry, a folding rear seat, nicer upholstery, cruise control, and a rear spoiler.
It's worth paying more for the Special Edition package. This nets you 15-inch alloy wheels, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and push-button start.
At its core, the Nissan Versa and Versa Note are good for first-time buyers and those seeking the least-expensive commuter car available. This include teens, college students, and families in the market for a second or third vehicle.
Exterior Design of the 2019 Nissan Versa
The 2019 Nissan Versa's exterior styling reflects its modest pricing. It's not at all unattractive, but its design is fairly anonymous, especially when seen against newer small sedans and hatchbacks. This is a vehicle you buy because it fits your budget, not one you aspire to own based on its sheet metal.
There are no changes made to the Nissan Versa's looks for 2019. Base S models feature 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, while the S Plus adds a rear spoiler. The Versa SV with the Special Edition package features fog lights, chrome exterior highlights, additional convenience lighting, and 15-inch alloy wheels.
Interior Style in the 2019 Nissan Versa
The 2019 Nissan Versa's most attractive feature is its low purchase price. As a result, base S models are the least-appealing versions of the car in terms of features and materials. Hard plastic abounds, and only the most basic equipment is on hand. This includes such features as a CD player with touchscreen interface, Bluetooth connectivity, and manual windows and door locks.
The Special Edition package adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, in addition to the nicer cloth seats in the SV trim, which also features an armrest for the driver and six-way
adjustments for the left front seat. Beyond that, however, pickings are slim inside the Nissan Versa.
Moving past its spartan character, it's worth noting that the Versa offers a huge back seat compared to other subcompact cars. There is a surprisingly spacious amount of leg and headroom inside both the Versa sedan and the Versa Note hatchback. But there are few storage cubbies for phones, sunglasses, or purses.
Cargo space is better in the Versa Note, which boasts about the same amount of room as a the trunk of a midsize sedan with the back seat in place. And that more than doubles (to 38.3 cubic feet) with the seat folded. LATCH attachments are standard, and the Note also offers the Divide-N-Hide system for configuring the rear storage area, including a hidden compartment under the floor.
What Technology Comes in the 2019 Nissan Versa
Neither the 2019 Nissan Versa nor the Nissan Versa Note have anything to brag about when it comes to technology features. In fact, both vehicles struggle to reach the bare minimum when it comes to the equipment most modern car buyers are looking for.
The 2019 Nissan Versa comes standard with:
- Rearview camera
- 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Bluetooth connectivity
Optional tech for the 2019 Nissan Versa includes:
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Push-button start
- Keyless entry
- Satellite radio
What Kind of Safety Features are in the 2019 Nissan Versa?
The 2019 Nissan Versa does not offer any active safety technology on top of its standard equipment, like electronic stability control and traction control. A rearview camera is included on all models.
This is not uncommon in the subcompact class, where it is a challenge to find a new car with advanced safety equipment. Keep this in mind when considering whether to step up to a larger compact sedan or hatchback, where active safety is much easier to specify.
What is the 2019 Nissan Versa Like to Drive?
If the primary appeal of the 2019 Nissan Versa is its inexpensive pricing, then the best thing about driving it is also related to value. The Versa offers good fuel economy with its CVT
drivetrain, which is standard on all but the base model. This makes it a solid choice for anyone with a long commute.
In real world conditions, however, it may be difficult to meet the advertised 31-mpg city/39-mpg highway rating. This is because if you need to merge quickly or surge forward to fill a hole in traffic, you will have to flog the small engine. And this brings with it noise from the transmission that some might find off-putting.
Handling is in keeping with the low expectations associated with the Nissan Versa's price. Bumps will worry the steering, and the vehicle's behavior at high speeds, in windy conditions, or on twisty roads is, at best, competent. This is an A-to-B appliance, not a “let's go for a spirited drive” companion.
Should I Buy a 2019 Nissan Versa?
If price is the single most important consideration, and you can handle the sparse interior and lack of features, then the 2019 Nissan Versa is worth a look. But if you crave technology and advanced safety gear, it's a better idea to investigate its rivals. An updated Nissan Versa is coming for the 2020 model year, and it may be worth waiting for.
Should I buy a Used Nissan Versa?
Given the cheap price and full warranty coverage of the 2019 model, it's hard to recommend a used Nissan Versa unless you are on a strict, strict budget. If that’s the case, you might want to check into a certified pre-owned Versa that comes with a warranty.
How Much Does the New 2019 Nissan Versa Cost?
The 2019 Nissan Versa starts at $13,245. The Nissan Versa Note hatchback is priced from $16,535. Both prices include a destination charge of $885.
Pros and Cons of the 2016 Nissan Versa
- Affordable price
- Generous interior room for a subcompact
- Excellent cargo space in the Versa Note
- Now available with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Barebones interior
- Minimal power
- No active safety equipment available
- Noisy at speed
Specs & Key Features of the 2016 Nissan Versa
- Body Style
- 1.6L DOHC 16 Valve 4-Cylinder
- 109 hp
- 5-Speed Manual
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- Front Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- Tinted Glass
- Engine: 1.6L DOHC 16 Valve 4-Cylinder
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Front-Wheel Drive
- 4.07 Axle Ratio
- 47-Amp/Hr 470CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
- 110 Amp Alternator
- Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
- Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
- Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
- 10.8 Gal. Fuel Tank
- Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
- Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist
- Wheels: 15" Steel w/Full Wheel Covers
- Tires: P185/65R15 AS -inc: Low rolling
- Steel Spare Wheel
- Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
- Clearcoat Paint
- Body-Colored Front Bumper
- Body-Colored Rear Bumper
- Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
- Black Door Handles
- Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
- Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
- Light Tinted Glass
- Fixed Interval Wipers
- Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
- Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
- Trunk Rear Cargo Access
- Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps
- Radio: AM/FM/CD -inc: auxiliary-input and Bluetooth hands-free phone system
- Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
- Integrated Roof Antenna
- Adjustable Front Bucket Seats -inc: 4-way manual driver's seat
- 4-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
- 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
- Bench Front Facing Rear Seat
- Manual Tilt Steering Column
- Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
- Manual Rear Windows
- Front Cupholder
- Rear Cupholder
- Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
- Manual Air Conditioning
- Glove Box
- Driver Foot Rest
- Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
- Full Board Headliner
- Urethane Gear Shift Knob
- Cloth Seat Trim
- Day-Night Rearview Mirror
- Passenger Visor Vanity Mirror w/Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
- Full Floor Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
- Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
- Full Carpet Floor Covering
- Carpet Floor Trim
- Cargo Space Lights
- Driver And Passenger Door Bins
- Manual 1st Row Windows
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Trip Computer
- Digital/Analog Display
- Seats w/Cloth Back Material
- Fixed Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
- 1 12V DC Power Outlet
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- ABS And Driveline Traction Control
- Side Impact Beams
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Rear Child Safety Locks
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners