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2019 Nissan Versa Review

Economical in the extreme, the Nissan Versa may not be the most exciting or stylish option, yet it is deeply practical as it won’t dig deeply into your wallet. The Versa is Nissan’s fourth-most popular model in the U.S. — the automaker sells more Versa sedans and hatchbacks here than most of its SUVs. To see if it’s right for you and how it compares with competitors, keep reading. Toyota 4Runner

2019 Nissan Versa pricing and trims

The lowest manufacturer’s recommended price (MSRP) for the 2019 Nissan Versa sedan is $12,460. If you want the Versa Note hatchback, the lowest MSRP is $15,650. For the sedan, the lowest trim means you get a manual transmission and for both models, the lowest trim means very few electronic features — you’ll even have to roll up the windows by hand. Higher trims do have the nicer features.

Nissan Versa sedan
Trim S S Plus SV SV Special Edition
Base MSRP $12,460 $14,600 $16,090 $16,890
Standard Features 7″ Touch Screen, Bluetooth, Manual Transmission Automatic Transmission, Cruise Control Push-Button Start, Power Windows and Door Locks Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Fog Lights

 

Nissan Versa Note hatchback
Trim S SV SR
Base MSRP $15,650 $16,550 $18,360
Standard Features 7″ Touch Screen, Bluetooth, Automatic Transmission Keyless Entry, Fine Vision Gauges Push-Button Start, Fog Lights

 

Of course, you may not have to pay MSRP. Depending on where and when you shop, you may be able to get a lower price. Check out an industry guide — Kelley Blue Book or NADAguides, for example — to find a fair market price.

What’s next? Once you pick out the car you want, a car loan is usually next. Car dealers can and often do raise customer APRs for their own profit, so be sure to also apply for a loan outside of a dealership. Potential lenders could include Nissan financing, your bank, credit union or online lender. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree where you may receive up to five different, potential loan offers from lenders, based on your creditworthiness.

2019 Nissan Versa safety and features

The Nissan Versa could get you from point A to point B. It won’t be able to do so with a roar of horsepower, but it’s probably faster than the bus. In crash safety tests, the Versa sedan earned a four-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). In crash tests done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the sedan earned top marks in most categories, save one: it earned the poorest rating possible in the crash test on the front driver’s side.

The Versa Note wasn’t tested by NHTSA but was tested by the IIHS which based its “good” rating on the 2019 model as well as earlier hatchback models.

Active driver safety technology. The Nissan Versa doesn’t offer the option of active driver safety features such as automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist or other features included in its Safety Shield 360 suite offered on select grades of the Altima, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Murano and Maxima.

Infotainment. The standard 7” touch screen serves as the main hub for entertainment in the car. Passengers are able to connect their phones to the system via Bluetooth and, on the highest trim, via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

Power features. Unless you get the SV trim or above, plan on rolling your Versa’s windows up and down by hand, as well as manually locking / unlocking the doors, adjusting seats and turning the vehicle on and off.

Warranty. No matter the trim, all new Nissans have a standard warranty, which is “bumper-to-bumper” for three years, 36,000 miles and covers the powertrain for five years, 60,000 miles. If you’re looking at a used Nissan Versa or you’d just like to add a greater warranty on top of that, you can check out how to find the best extended car warranty.

Seating. All trims of the Versa can seat five passengers. But because the Versa is a subcompact car, you may not want to take five adults on a long road trip.

Transmission. For the least expensive trim of the Versa sedan, the standard transmission is a manual one and you cannot upgrade it to an automatic for extra cost. If you want an automatic Versa sedan, you’ll need to upgrade to the S Plus trim or higher. The Versa Note hatchback comes with standard automatic transmission and doesn’t offer a manual one.

No all-wheel drive. The Nissan Versa does not offer all-wheel drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive. If that’s something you need, read about the best all-wheel drive cars.

2019 Nissan Versa competitor comparison

The Nissan Versa is on the larger side of the subcompact car market and, similar to competitor sedans, it has a manual transmission for the base trim. It has one of the lowest starting prices and it beats the competitor with the second-lowest price, the Mitsubishi Mirage, by far in the category of expert scores. Kelley Blue Book experts discourage shoppers from buying the Mirage.

Nissan Versa Honda Fit Toyota Yaris Mitsubishi Mirage
Base MSRP $12,460 $16,190 $15,600 $13,795
Expert Scores 3.7 4.4 3.6 2.9
Standard Features 7″ Screen, Bluetooth, Power Mirrors 5″ Screen, Bluetooth, Keyless Entry, Magic Seat (R) 7″ Screen, Bluetooth, Low-Speed Automatic Emergency Braking 6.5″ Screen, Cruise Control, Long Warranty
Available Body Styles Sedan, Hatchback Hatchback Sedan, 2020 Yaris will have a Hatchback option Sedan, Hatchback
Fuel Economy 32 MPG 33 MPG 35 MPG 37 MPG

 

Nissan Versa Sedan Honda Fit Toyota Yaris Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback
Base MSRP $12,460 $16,190 $15,600 $13,795
Expert Scores 3.7 4.4 3.6 2.9
Standard Features 7″ Screen, Bluetooth, Power Mirrors 5″ Screen, Bluetooth, Keyless Entry, Magic Seat (R) 7″ Screen, Bluetooth, Low-Speed Automatic Emergency Braking 6.5″ Screen, Cruise Control, Long Warranty
Available Body Styles Sedan, Hatchback Hatchback Sedan, 2020 Yaris will have a Hatchback option Sedan, Hatchback
Fuel Economy 32 MPG 33 MPG 35 MPG 37 MPG
Transmission Manual Manual Manual Manual

*Chart data is for base 2019 models. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (but is not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined city/highway mileage as defined by the EPA.

Just as you compare vehicles, be sure to compare auto loan rates so that you’re getting the best one. You can check out where to find the best auto loan rates in 2019.

The bottom line on the 2019 Nissan Versa

If you are looking for a new, basic car for daily transportation at an extremely low starting price, the Versa may be for you. If you’d like a car with a few more amenities and capabilities, and you’re willing to pay for them, you could check out the seven best commuter cars for the money.

MSRPs in the article are accurate as of the date of publishing.

 

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