Note: Nissan provided us with a 2020 Versa SR for 2 weeks to review. I did not receive any other form of compensation. All views and opinions expressed in this article are my own.
The 2020 Nissan Versa SR received a total redesign for this model, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by my initial introduction to this sedan. While I’ve sent more time reviewing SUVs and hybrids, this vehicle actually delivers quite the value for the price point.
Starting at $18,240, the 2020 Nissan Versa has undergone a massive transformation in every area. Find out my thoughts on the vehicle below.
At A Glance:
MPG: 32 City / 40 HWY
Power: 122 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm / 114 lb-ft of torque @ 5,400 rpm
Pros: Great safety features, compact for city driving, great handling, smooth driving, low price point, large trunk, and great MPG. Overall, great starter car.
Cons: Entry-level sedan, poor headroom, not a lot of power
Great Car For: A starter/first car, or someone who has a tight budget and needs good value for the price.
What’s New with the 2020 Nissan Versa SR
The 2020 Versa has a new exterior design, improved interior style, automatic emergency braking (now standard), and a revised powertrain. And it’s still got an incredibly low price point for the value that the car delivers.
Is it the right choice for you? If you’re not in the market for a spacious vehicle or one with bells and whistles – but you do value safety features and comfort at affordable pricing – the 2020 Versa is definitely worthy of your attention.
Since it is an entry-level sedan, the interior naturally feels a bit dated – yet noticeably more stylish than previous year models of the Versa. Take a look below.
As far as tech features, most of the cool features in this department have to do with safety – automatic emergy breaking (the vehicle will automatically apply the breaks if it detects a potential collision), rear-seat alert, and intelligent cruise control (which is cruise control that consistently maintains a certain gap distance to the vehicle in front of you).
The Versa SR also comes with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto – which I’ve honestly forgotten how I ever lived without it.
2020 Nissan Versa SR – Overall Impression
While the price point starts in the teens, it actually comes with a few nice-to-haves. If you’re on a tight budget or looking to buy your first car, the Versa SR is a pretty great choice. It’s got a push-button starter, automatic climate control, a 7-inch infotainment screen, lane-departure warning, and, as I mentioned above, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. If you have a teenager who is getting ready to get their license, this safety feature alone makes a huge difference.
There are not many additional options that you can add-on to this model. But there is an option of a $300 Convenience Package (only available on the Versa SR) that includes active cruise control and heated front seats. It’s a no brainer addition at that cost.
What I enjoyed the most with Versa SR was how well it handled and how easy it was to drive in the city. I’m used to driving a larger vehicle, and as someone who is frequently going to meetings and having to park in parking garages, I always appreciate a more compact vehicle that doesn’t give me “parking anxiety”. Not to mention, it’s got a rather large trunk that would actually work well for road trips.
Overall, I had a positive experience with the 2020 Nissan Versa SR. While this entry-level economy sedan doesn’t provide a lot of thrills on the road (and it might just because I’m tall – but there wasn’t much headroom), it does provide a smooth ride – with great gas mileage. I got roughly 32MPG on city streets and about 40 MPG on the highway. It’s a comfortable vehicle with an impressive amount to offer for the price point.
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