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2020 Nissan Versa Overview

The subcompact Nissan Versa was last redesigned in 2012. For 2020, Nissan releases a full-fledged redesign of its entry-level design.

The prior two generations of the Versa stood out for their upright shape and tall, narrow stance. But the new Versa borrows its sleek profile from the larger Altima and Maxima sedans. From the full-height V-motion front grille to the floating roof and boomerang-shaped lights, the 2020 Versa looks far more upscale than the old one. It even comes wrapped in exciting colors like Electric Blue Metallic, Monarch Orange Metallic, and Scarlet Ember Tintcoat. Inside, you’ll find an interior that’s similar to Nissan’s other cars, and that’s a good thing. The dashboard consists of logical, inviting controls wrapped in pleasing horizontal shapes that make the cabin feel airier.

Under the hood, there’s a re-engineered 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, making 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque, which is a significant upgrade over last year’s 109 hp and 107 lb-ft. A 5-speed manual transmission comes standard on the base trim, while other trims get a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Nissan has not released fuel-economy figures as of this writing, but the old model achieved 31 mpg city, 39 highway, and 34 combined with the CVT.

Entry-level vehicles tend to be light on standard features, but every 2020 Versa comes with keyless entry, push-button start, and power windows. Extra-cost features that are available include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated front seats, and automatic climate control.

Nissan also takes a forward approach to safety with the new Versa. Safety features include a reversing camera, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, lane-departure warning, and automatic high beams. For greater levels of safety, you can tack on adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and a driver-alertness monitor. The Versa has not yet been crash-tested by any major agencies.

Even as car prices creep steadily upward, the redesigned 2020 Versa shows that Nissan is committed to providing value for entry-level buyers. Look out for full specification and trim lists prior to the Versa’s Summer 2019 release.


Kyree is new to the automotive journalism scene, but has voiced snarky public opinions about cars for quite some time. When he's not drooling over the latest European luxury sled, he's designing web experiences or writing backend code.

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