2019 Versa New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Nissan Versa offers one simple idea to car shoppers-a low price.
For about $13,000 the base 2019 Versa has clean styling, decent standard equipment, and a frugal powertrain. Prices can reach nearly $20,000, but even at that point the Versa is one of the most affordable new cars on the road.
The base Versa S gets air conditioning and Bluetooth in its spare cabin. The powertrain teams a 1.6-liter inline-4 with 109 horsepower to a 5-speed manual transmission, but for a couple thousand more, Nissan fits a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
In either version, the Versa's acceleration around town is leisurely, but fuel economy is strong, at up to 34 mpg combined.
The Versa has a low curb weight of about 2,450 pounds, which means it can be entertaining on a twisty road. It has nicely weighted steering, too.
The Versa hasn't been fully crash-tested by the NHTSA. The IIHS gives it 'Good'? ratings in its basic crash tests, but a 'Poor'? rating in the driver-side small overlap test.
A new Versa arrives for the 2020 model year..
The base Versa S sedan costs about $13,000 and includes a 3-year warranty, a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, Bluetooth, air conditioning, steel wheels with hubcaps, and roll-up windows.
The $15,500 Versa S Plus replaces the 5-speed with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and adds cruise control and a rear spoiler.
The Versa SV costs about $17,000 and adds power windows and locks, plus remote entry, more adjustment to the driver's seat, and a few other features. A package with keyless ignition and revised infotainment software with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility costs $800.
Versa Note hatchbacks are generally equipped about the same. There's no manual transmission base model, so pricing with the CVT starts at about $16,500.
A Versa Note SV with the Special Edition package adds Apple and Android compatibility, alloy wheels, keyless ignition, power windows and locks, and a few other items. It costs about $18,300..