2020 Nissan Versa

MSRP range: $14,830 - $18,340
Edmunds suggests you pay$16,376

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2020 Nissan Versa Review

  • Plenty of safety features available at a reasonable price
  • Sizable trunk
  • High fuel economy
  • Infotainment system is easy to use
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Not much interior storage space for small items
  • Redesigned with new exterior styling and improved interior
  • More available safety features
  • Slightly more powerful engine
  • Versa Note hatchback has been discontinued
  • Launches the third Versa generation for 2020

The Nissan Versa has held the title of the "least expensive car in America" for over a decade. But in its all-new third generation, the Versa has relinquished its title and is a better car for it. The 2020 Nissan Versa starts about $2,000 more than the model it replaces. But this price increase gets you a modern-looking, better-driving Versa with more standard features than the outgoing model.

The redesigned Versa sits 2.3 inches lower, is 1.8 inches wider and has a 1.6-inch-longer profile than the previous generation. Its styling bears a strong resemblance to its larger sibling, the Nissan Altima, which is a big step up for the subcompact. And while the price has increased, you're getting more features than before. Formerly top-trim-exclusive features such as power windows, power locks, and keyless entry with push-button start are now standard on the base S trim level.

The new non-turbocharged 1.6-liter engine makes 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 13 hp and 5 lb-ft over the old model. It's paired with a new continuously variable automatic transmission as well. Unfortunately, the Versa is still pretty slow, but at least there's no fuel economy penalty for the extra power. You can expect to get about 35 mpg in combined city/highway driving with the Versa's automatic transmission, which is quite good for a small sedan.

Overall, these changes add up to a significantly better car than the one it replaces. The Versa is worth considering if you need a subcompact car with modern features but don't want to break the bank. Notably, the 2020 Nissan Versa is a featured vehicle in our Cheapest New Cars article.

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The Nissan Versa is a well-built small sedan, with plenty of space inside and enough standard technology and safety features to easily justify its price. High fuel economy is another bonus. The Versa's slow acceleration is a bummer, but overall the Versa is a smart pick for an affordable small sedan.
The Versa's four-cylinder engine takes its time getting you up to speed. There's little issue in typical driving around town or fitting in with traffic. But in cases where you need to pull away quick or have short space to make a pass, the Versa leaves you wanting badly.

You'll be more satisfied with the Versa's handling abilities. It stays composed when going around turns. The steering can feel a little too heavy at times, but it's accurate and allows you to point the Versa where you want to go with ease.
Nissan includes its Zero Gravity seats in the 2020 Versa. The versions in the SV trim have comfortable cloth that is generally firm, but the seats run a little narrow under the shoulders. They offer great support on short- and medium-length drives, though the lack of sufficient lumbar support may require breaks over longer trips.

The car has a comfortable ride if the road surface is decent but gets bouncy over lesser-quality roads. Wind noise is prevalent inside the cabin, and if the car hits any bumps, you will hear it as much as you feel it. Another aspect holding the Versa back in this category is its climate control system. The controls don't allow enough fine adjustment to find exactly the right cabin comfort you're looking for.
The Versa scores high for its interior design. It's easy to get inside and adjust the seat to your preferred driving position. The cabin is relatively roomy too. Even at the highest driving position, which feels almost SUV-like, there is plenty of headroom with space to stretch your legs in both the front and back seats.

The touchscreen is responsive and provides a clear picture. The controls on the center stack and steering wheel are straightforward, and you can use the tuning button to scroll through screens, which is easier than poking the touchscreen while driving. It's pretty easy to see out of the Versa thanks to the short hood and large windows.
The Versa comes with a basic four-speaker audio system and it sounds like it. You'll need to turn up the volume all the way up to drown out exterior noise. Onboard navigation is not an option, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility is standard, so you can get directions through your phone. Pleasingly, they work quickly to display your phone's apps on the screen.

The Versa's advanced driver safety aids are helpful without being intrusive. Forward collision warning activates with a simple string of beeps. Lane-keeping warnings are also gentle buzzes. The biggest weak points are a low-resolution rearview camera and overly sensitive backup collision mitigation system. During our testing, this system mistakenly triggered when one of our drivers was backing into a street from a mildly inclined driveway. It slammed the car to a stop.
The new Versa has a lot of trunk space for this class of car. Cargo capacity is 14.7 cubic feet, more than most competitors, and the trunk space has enough depth to accommodate larger items. The load floor is relatively low for a sedan, and the rear seats fold down, but not flat, if needed.

Small-item storage is not a strong suit. The center armrest is optional and can barely fit a smartphone. Child seat accommodation is better. There is good space for a rear-facing seat in the back. The lower car-seat anchor points are hidden between cushions, but they're easy to locate and attach to. The rear seats have integrated headrests, which means you have to wrap the strap around them to attach to the rear tether hooks.
Equipped with the CVT automatic, the Versa has EPA-estimated fuel economy of 35 mpg combined (32 city/40 highway). That's right up at the top of the class. Our test Versa soared above that with a 41.1 mpg average on our 115-mile test route that combines street, mountain roads and freeway driving.
The Versa offers basic affordability without feeling like you're punishing yourself. It feels tightly built, with higher-quality materials than typical for the class, and provides more pizzazz than your usual econo-sedan. There is interesting tech and enough safety equipment to easily justify the cost of entry, with room to add options and still stay under $20,000.

Nissan offers a pretty middle-of-the-road warranty with basic coverage for three years/36,000 miles and powertrain coverage for five years/60,000 miles. Hyundai, Kia and Mitsubishi all go up to 10 years/100,000 miles. Roadside assistance is offered for three years/36,000 miles. Most rivals offer better coverage, and some provide free maintenance for up to three years.
The Versa has no delusions of grandeur. There are no superfluous paddle shifters, fake vents or Sport modes. It's an economy car that offers space and safety technology at an attractive value. That said, the steering and handling are decent for the price, and even a few of us will admit we like the style and feel of the flat-bottom steering wheel. This is a slow car. There's no getting around it. But the Versa makes a good effort to avoid being soulless.

Which Versa does Edmunds recommend?

The mid SV trim strikes the balance between a good value and modern amenities. Compared to the base S, you get the full suite of Nissan's available safety features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and some little extras such as a driver's armrest and heated outside mirrors.

Nissan Versa models

The 2020 Nissan Versa is offered in three trim levels: S, SV and SR. All trim levels come with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque) and front-wheel drive. In general, the SV and the SR add more cosmetic, convenience and safety features. There's only one package available on the SR trim, which makes it simple to find a Versa with the features you want.

The base S trim isn't as bare-bones as it used to be. It now offers a solid list of standard equipment, including power windows and door locks, a 7-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth. You also get frontal collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, rear automatic emergency braking, automatic headlights, and a rearview camera. The base transmission is a five-speed manual, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT, called Xtronic) is optional.

The mid SV trim comes with the CVT automatic as standard plus alloy wheels, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Other cosmetic extras on the SV are body-colored mirrors and door handles, premium fabric seats and a few soft-touch surfaces.

The top SR trim adds automatic climate control, remote engine start, LED headlights, special exterior and interior trim details, keyless door access, a six-speaker audio system, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Optional for the SR trim is the SR Convenience package that equips the Versa with heated front seats and adaptive cruise control.

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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Nissan Versa.

Average user rating: 4.3 stars
12 total reviews
5 star reviews: 75%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 8%
2 star reviews: 8%
1 star reviews: 9%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Fun, zippy, gas saver!
S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
I am a car guy, and the Versa is not really know for being for us car guys/gals. BUT, this car is very fun! The interior and exterior styling looks awesome, and is easy to clean/wash. Truck space is huge, and space is plentiful. I have the 5-speed with the 1.6 liter engine (HR16DE). Contrary to what others say, it accelerates nicely, and I am currently getting 45 mpg (empty car, highway miles). The only complaint I have is I feel there should have been a 6-speed transmission. The engine screams at 3,500RPM @ 70mph. As for reliability, it has not given me any issues. I'll come back in a few years and let you know...
5/5 stars, Outstanding!
SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)
I researched this car to death before I bought it. I got the SR fully loaded. Love the technology of Android Audio, blind spot, and sensors. Gives a very nimble ride. Get 41 mpg when drive 70-75 mph. Get 50 mpg when drive 60 mph. Seats very comfortable. Very nice sound system. This car is the best deal out there.
5/5 stars, Best for the buck!!!
Ned Boston,
S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
Here’s a list of the features in my 2020 Base vs. 2010 Versa Base: power windows, locks, trunk, mirrors; integrated, full-color integrated Bluetooth audio screen (2010 did not have a radio!); A/C, interior trunk release, auto-dim high beam; cruise control; auto stop from front collision; lane drift warning; back-up camera; rear-backup bumper warning/braking, multiple interior lights; trunk light, window visor mirrors, multiple usb outlets, real seat cup holders, etc! All in a really good looking sedan. I firmly believe Nissan has mistakenly packed too many features in too low a price. Buy.
5/5 stars, Good solid car, and cheap, comes with all the tech
SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)
NISSAN VERSA SR 2020 I recommend the SR version only (top of line). Engine feels much better than other trims like SV This car comes with all the technology of 2020 but at a very low price compared to its competitors, Honda, VW, Toyota...Its a very good looking car, but wont stand out like a Bmw, the interior is much better than vw jetta and honda civic 2020 and toyota corolla any trim by far....and those cars are more expensive. So i believe i saved money buying this one.... Performance: just ok its the minimun acceptable, its not a bmw. but it doesnt struggle uphill either. Good on gas, i'm doing 45 mpg in highway with premium gas. The only problem i feel it has is that the steering is to light (feels good though), any imperfections in the pavement change the course of the car so it demands a lot of work while driving....it goes off track easily. even the wind can change its course. the shocks are good anyway Technology: LED headlights are super white and huge, i would say one of the best features. Stereo sounds good. has radars for collision (front and sides), lane crossing, rear camera. all the tech it has. android and apple connect. also automatic emergency braking (back and front). remote start, 1 touch door open/close on handles, no keys... thats cool Interior: small but ok, its the best compared to its competitors, good seats (cloth dark grey), the plastic/leather combination in the front is good quality, doors/windows/etc of good quality. It could come with more fancy lights though. Space is the minimum but ok Exterior: pretty small looking but nice, rims are 17" nice A good car.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
32 City / 40 Hwy / 35 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 10.8 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 122 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque: 114 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Length: 177.0 in. / Height: 57.3 in. / Width: 68.5 in.
Curb Weight: 2650 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 14.7 cu.ft.
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Our experts’ favorite Versa safety features:

Automatic Emergency Braking
Detects vehicles and pedestrians ahead and automatically applies the brakes if a collision is imminent and the driver doesn't react in time.
Rear Door Alert
Uses the horn, door sensors and driver display to remind the driver to check the rear seat for children after the vehicle is parked.
Lane Departure Warning
Monitors lane markings and alerts the driver if the Versa starts to drift out of its lane without a turn signal being used.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover11.8%

Nissan Versa vs. the competition

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Nissan Versa

2019 Nissan Sentra

2019 Nissan Sentra

Nissan Versa vs. Nissan Sentra

Like the Versa, the Nissan Sentra compact sedan is fully redesigned for 2020. Highlights include a sleeker appearance, a more refined powertrain and surprisingly high-quality cabin materials. The only limiting factor, if you're in the market for a cost-efficient small sedan, is its higher price tag. However, the Sentra is less expensive than many of its rivals and offers good value for the money.

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Nissan Versa vs. Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent has a quiet cabin with good build quality and a spacious interior, and it offers a longer warranty than Nissan. If you're interested in features such as automatic emergency braking or push-button start, they are available on the Versa for significantly less money. The Versa also offers features such as remote start, rear automatic emergency braking, and rear cross-traffic alert, which are not available on the Accent.

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Nissan Versa vs. Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Where the Versa used to be the "least expensive car in America," that title now belongs to the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan. Price and rear-seat legroom are the only advantages the Mirage has on the Versa. The Versa has a more powerful engine and a larger cargo area, and it is more enjoyable to drive overall.

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Is the Nissan Versa a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Versa both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.1 out of 10. You probably care about Nissan Versa fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Versa gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg to 35 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Versa ranges from 14.7 to 15.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Nissan Versa. Learn more

What's new in the 2020 Nissan Versa?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Nissan Versa:

  • Redesigned with new exterior styling and improved interior
  • More available safety features
  • Slightly more powerful engine
  • Versa Note hatchback has been discontinued
  • Launches the third Versa generation for 2020
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Is the Nissan Versa reliable?

To determine whether the Nissan Versa is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Versa. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Versa's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2020 Nissan Versa a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Nissan Versa is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Versa and gave it a 7.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Versa is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Nissan Versa?

The least-expensive 2020 Nissan Versa is the 2020 Nissan Versa S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $14,830.

Other versions include:

  • S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $16,500
  • SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $17,740
  • SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $18,340
  • S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $14,830
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What are the different models of Nissan Versa?

If you're interested in the Nissan Versa, the next question is, which Versa model is right for you? Versa variants include S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), and S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M). For a full list of Versa models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Nissan Versa Overview

The 2020 Nissan Versa is offered in the following submodels: Versa Sedan. Available styles include S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), and S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M).

What do people think of the 2020 Nissan Versa?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Nissan Versa and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Versa 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Versa.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Nissan Versa and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Versa featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Nissan Versa?

2020 Nissan Versa S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

The 2020 Nissan Versa S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $17,935. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Versa S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,559 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,559 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $16,376.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Versa S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is 8.7% below the MSRP.

2020 Nissan Versa SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

The 2020 Nissan Versa SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $19,240. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Versa SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,650 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,650 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $17,590.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Versa SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is 8.6% below the MSRP.

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2020 Nissan Versa SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

The 2020 Nissan Versa SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,140. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Versa SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,731 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,731 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $18,409.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Versa SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is 8.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2020 Nissan Versa SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 Nissan Versas are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Nissan Versa?

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