2020 Nissan Versa

MSRP $16,400 - $18,240

Ranked #6 in Subcompact Sedan

2020 Nissan Versa Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 28, 2021

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Amratya Nigam 

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A lot of us look for great power in a car, these cars run fast and sip more fuel. Some of us have different requirements and prioritize affordability and lesser running costs. 2020 Nissan Versa Note starts at a very reasonable price. Versa is a simple, slow and strictly a commuter car.

Nissan Versa is equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 109 horsepower. Due to lack of power, the Versa feels better suited to city driving. The Versa isn't a quick car but it really delivers where it counts the most - affordable transportation. To keep operating costs low, Nissan Versa uses a CVT for gear shifting and achieves a good fuel economy.

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Pros

Competitive base price

Better interior space than competitors

Good ride quality

Roomy rear trunk space

Cons

Poor acceleration

Noisy powertrain

Interior’s hard plastic trim

Bland driving dynamics

What's New?

Nissan Connect for the upper trims

No mechanical changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16400

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

98 cu.in.

horsepower

122 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

114 lbs.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

1 speed CVT

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

10/8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

103.1 in.

length

177 in.

width

68.5 in.

height

57.3 in.

curb weight

2650 lbs.

ground clearance

6.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

88.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

13000 lbs.

payload capacity

955 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

31/34/39 mpg

highway range

421.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

S$16,400 onwards

SV$17,640 onwards

SR$18,240 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Nissan Versa in Brilliant Silver color
Brilliant Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

4.5

Engine and Performance

4.7

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.6

Exterior

4.5

Safety

3.0

Competition

6.0

5.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

5.1

Overall Rating


The subcompact segment has some stiff competition, Nissan Versa competes with Kia Rio, Honda Fit, and Chevrolet Sonic. Nissan offers more utility than other subcompacts at a lower price. If you are looking for high utility, decent fuel economy and are in for a budget car, then Versa should be on your list.

2020 Nissan Versa Sedan front angle view
2020 Nissan Versa Sedan rear angle view

4.5/10
Features

4.7/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.6/10
Interior

4.5/10
Exterior

3.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2020 Nissan Versa Features

4.5/10

"It has a very good safety score and a nice interior, but it suffers from poor acceleration and dull handling." - Cars.USnews

The 2020 Nissan Versa Sedan is offered in three trim levels: S, SV, and SR. All the trims come standard with a four-cylinder engine paired with an FWD drivetrain. And just like its hatchback counterpart, the Versa Sedan comes standard with a CVT. The base trim is equipped with only the bare minimum features. It gets a 7-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity as standard. If you are looking to buy a new car with a warranty while spending really little. The base S trim fits the bill. The mid-spec SV trim brings in cloth upholstery, power windows, and cruise control for an additional expense of $1000.

The SV comes equipped with keyless entry, a height-adjustable driver's seat with an armrest, NissanConnect with mobile apps and a 7-in color display, Divide-N-Hide storage, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with auxiliary audio controls, and Siri Eyes Free. Although SR has a lot more to offer, SV offers great versatility for a minimal price.

Trims

S

SV

SR

MSRP (FWD)

$15,650

$16,550

$18,360

Features

1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine

Integrated Key with remote keyless entry

16" x 6.0" 5-split spoke aluminum-alloy wheels

 

Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System

Upgraded cloth seat trim

Sport side sills

 

7" touch-screen display

Upgraded Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges with trip computer and outside temperature display

Fog lights

 

Bluetooth streaming audio

Power windows with driver’s one-touch auto-down feature

Rear roof spoiler

 

Air conditioning

-

Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition

 

RearView Monitor

Cruise control

-
 

Air conditioning

Rear window defroster

-

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 The base S trim is short on features, and the best it has to offer is the standard 4 speaker sound system with Bluetooth. So, if you want value for your money, upgrade to SV trim as it has a lot more to offer than the base trim.

2020 Nissan Versa Engine and Performance

4.7/10

“With a meager 109-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a nontraditional continuously variable transmission (CVT) and uninspiring handling, the Versa Note offers little in terms of performance. This is strictly a point A to point B car with minimal entertainment in between.”-Edmunds

Engine dimensions of the 2020 Nissan Versa

The Versa Sedan is powered by a 1.6-liter inline-four engine. The small motor is rated for 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. Gear shifting duties are done by a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The engine is underpowered, it struggles to move almost 2650 lbs. of the sedan. So it will take some time before you reach decent speeds.

Models

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Ford Fiesta

2020 Hyundai Accent

2020 Toyota Yaris

MSRP

$14,730

$14,260

$15,195

$15,600

Engine

1.6L Regular Inline-4

1.6L Regular Inline-4 

1.6L Inline-4

1.5L Regular Inline-4 

Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD

Transmission

5-speed manual w/OD

5-speed manual w/OD

6-speed manual w/OD

6-speed manual w/OD

Power

122hp @6,300 RPM

120hp @6,350 RPM

120hp @6,300 RPM

106hp @6,000 RPM

Torque

114lb-ft @4,000 RPM

112lb-ft @5,000 RPM

112lb-ft @4,500 RPM

103 lb-ft @4,000 RPM

The Versa sedan can be used as a city commuter. Nissan Versa’s power output is the lowest in the segment. You would be better off with selecting something a little more powerful. However, there is nothing more powerful available in the segment of cars considered.

Acceleration of the 2020 Nissan Versa

Nissan Versa Note is not going to win you any races. The zero to sixty mph is run in 9.9 seconds and the quarter-mile is passed in 17.6 seconds. It takes painfully long to achieve decent speeds. The CVT drones while doing higher speeds. There isn’t much to say about the Nissan Versa.

2020 Nissan Versa Sedan driving view

The 2020 Versa Sedan can tackle city driving but it is a different story when it comes to highway driving. You need to plan your overtaking maneuvers well. You will also need to floor the gas pedal and overwork the little engine, a lot more than any other sedan.

Models

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Ford Fiesta

2020 Hyundai Accent

2020 Toyota Yaris

0-60 MPH

9.7 sec

9.5 sec

7.5 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

17.4 sec

17.2 sec

16.0 sec

17.4 sec

Top Speed 115 mph 144 mph N/A 115 mph

Engine

1.6L Regular Inline-4

1.6L Regular Inline-4 

1.6L Inline-4

1.5L Regular Inline-4 

Most of the cars in this comparison achieve their zero to sixty mph run in the sub-10-second window. All the other cars in consideration are faster, the 2020 Hyundai Accent being the quickest at 7.5 seconds, while the 2020 Ford Fiesta and the 2020 Toyota Yaris take 9.5 and 9.6 seconds each.

Ride and Handling of the 2020 Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa doesn’t score high on the fun factor. The Versa doesn’t respond well to any enthusiastic input from the driver. Although the steering wheel has been weighed nicely, the tall body means a lot of body roll when you corner. The Versa has been equipped with skinnier tires in favor of fuel efficiency which takes away all the fun you can have.

2020 Nissan Versa

The driving experience is best described as serene. There’s no engine noise, or for that matter, the whine associated with electric motors that you might have experienced with earlier electrics. You might hear some far-off wind and tire noise, but that’s about it. Unlike the first generation to bear the name, the 2020 Leaf feels more substantial.

Braking of the 2020 Nissan Versa

The Versa also follows the industry trend of using discs brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. Versa Sedan covers 124 feet before coming to a halt from 70 mph. The Toyota Yaris has the best in comparison stopping power.

Models

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Ford Fiesta

2020 Hyundai Accent

2020 Toyota Yaris

Brake Rotors Front (in)

10.0"

7.9"

11.0"

7.9"

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

8.0"

7.9"

N/A

7.9"

Curb Weight (lbs)

2650 lbs

 2578 lbs

2623 lbs

2447 lbs

60-0 MPH (ft)

124 ft.

121 ft.

128 ft.

120 ft.

The Yaris covers about 120 feet to come to a halt from a speed of 60 mph. On the other hand, the 2020 Hyundai Accent takes 128 feet to come to a standstill. This is despite a brake rotor size of 11 inches for the front wheels of the Accent.

2020 Nissan Versa Fuel Economy

6.0/10

"The 2020 Versa with the CVT gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway." - Cars.USNews

The Versa’s small engine lacks power and to compensate for this shortage it is pushed to the limits on a regular basis. 2020 Versa offers a combined fuel economy of 36 miles to the gallon. If we consider the competition, the Versa sedan's fuel economy could have been better than the Accent if the engine wasn’t overworked so often.

Models

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Ford Fiesta

2020 Hyundai Accent

2020 Toyota Yaris

MPG (City)

32

27

33

32

MPG (Highway)

40

35

41

40

MPG (Combined)

35

30

36

35

Fuel Capacity

10.8 gallons

12.4 gallons

11.9 gallons

11.6 gallons

Range (City/highway/Combined)

345.6/432/378 miles

335/434/372 miles

345/464/392 miles

348/452/394 miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

4.9

4.9

4.5

4.4

In comparison, the 2020 Ford Fiesta has the largest fuel tank, measuring 12.4 gallons. However, it doesn't have the best fuel efficiency, it returns a fuel economy of 27/35/30 for the city/highway/combined. The best-in-class fuel economy is delivered by the 2020 Hyundai Accent, measuring 33/41/36 for the city/highway/combined ratings.

2020 Nissan Versa Interior

7.6/10

“No Versa has an especially dressy interior. Hard plastic surfaces dominate its dashboard and doors. The carpet has a distinctly budget feel and even the cloth upholstery on all trims don’t impress.”-TheCarConnection

Seating and Comfort of the 2020 Nissan Versa

The Versa isn’t about luxury, Versa doesn’t try to hide its low price tag. The hard plastic trim is all around. The upholstery is thin and Versa’s cheapness is evident. The droning sound of the CVT can unpleasant while traveling long distances. Versa is equipped with a softly tuned suspension that soaks all the bumps and road undulations, pretty well. 

​  2020 Nissan Versa Sedan front seats

Models

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Ford Fiesta

2020 Hyundai Accent

2020 Toyota Yaris

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.5/53.1/44.5

39.1/52.7/43.6

38.9/54.2/42.1

38.2/53.1/41.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.3/53.6/31.0

37.1/49.0/31.2

37.3/53.7/33.5

36.8/50.0/34.4

In spite of its smaller dimensions, the Versa has loads of interior space on offer. The front headroom (39.5-inches) is easily one of the best in the segment. Even the rear seats have decent space, at 36.3-inches rear headroom is smaller than most of the competitors in the segment.

Interior Features of the 2020 Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa offers a modest list of interior features. Some of these features are mentioned below:

  • 7" touch-screen display
  • 4-way manual driver's seat
  • 60/40 Split fold-down rear seats
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Silver accents on dash and vent rings

Infotainment of the 2020 Nissan Versa

The 2020 Versa is offered with a 7-inch touchscreen display and a four-speaker audio system. The infotainment system is an example of a bare-bones setup with aux input and Bluetooth phone connectivity. The response time is better than most of the popular smartphones.

2020 Nissan Versa basic Sedan infotainment screen

The interface is intuitive to use and comes loaded with the following tech :

  • Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Satellite radio
  • Four USB ports (two front, two rear)
  • A six-speaker audio system

Cargo Capacity of the 2020 Nissan Versa

The Nissan does well when you need to store items in the trunk. The hatchback offers 18.8 cu-ft. of trunk space. The 60/40 split-folding rear seats can be folded to increase the cargo volume even further. The Versa doesn’t have many cubby spaces for storing items inside the cabin.

Models

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Ford Fiesta

2020 Hyundai Accent

2020 Toyota Yaris

Cargo Capacity

14.7 (ft3)

12.8 (ft3)

13.7 (ft3)

13.5 (ft3

The largest cargo space on offer is the 2020 Nissan Versa, measuring 14.7 cubic feet. The next best space on offer is offered by the 2020 Hyundai Accent. The 2020 Toyota Yaris gets a cargo room of 13.5 cubic feet and ranks third for the same. The least offering is by the 2020 Ford Fiesta, measuring 12.8 cubic feet.

 

2020 Nissan Versa Exterior

4.5/10
“We’ve already put forward the argument that hatchbacks can be more aesthetically pleasing than their sedan siblings. It could quite easily ring true in this case. Short overhangs, sculpted doors and a large rear spoiler above the rear window (on the SR model) convey a fun character. From a purely practical point of view, the tall doors mean easy entry and exit. The wide-opening rear doors, meanwhile, prove their worth when fitting a child seat, and when buckling in or extracting your bundle of Cheerios-covered joy.”-KelleyBlueBook

Dimensions and Weight of the 2020 Nissan Versa

The Versa shares its underpinnings with the Nissan Versa Note but it doesn’t share in the dated design of the hatchback. The Versa is one of the more attractive options in the subcompact segment. Compared to the Versa sedan, the Versa hatchback has a sleeker front fascia and updated headlights. At 177 inches, the Versa Sedan is one of the longest cars in the class. It also has a wheelbase of 103.1 inches which results in a generous passenger volume.

Models

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Ford Fiesta

2020 Hyundai Accent

2020 Toyota Yaris

Curb Weight (lbs)

2650 lbs

 2578 lbs

2623 lbs

2447 lbs

Length

177.0"

173.5"

172.6"

171.2"

Width

68.5"

67.8"

68.1"

66.7"

Height

57.3"

58.1"

57.1"

58.5"

Ground Clearance

6.8"

4.7"

5.5"

5.5"

Wheelbase

103.1"

98.0"

101.6"

101.2"

In comparison with its competition, the 2020 Nissan Versa clearly stands out as the best this is solely to do with the large dimensions. It records the largest wheelbase, ground clearance, width, and more.

Exterior Features of the 2020 Nissan Versa

  • Active grille shutters
  • Intelligent auto headlights
  • Led headlights with signature
  • Led fog lights
  • External ground lighting
  • Heated outside mirrors with led turn signal indicators
  • Power sliding glass moonroof
  • Acoustic laminated glass

2020 Nissan Versa Safety

3.0/10

"The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 Versa sedan the highest rating of Good in the two crash tests it conducted." - Cars.USNews

The safety rating of the 2020 Nissan Versa

The 2020 Nissan Versa is offered with safety features like stability control, a rearview camera, and six airbags. It misses out on active driving aids like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitors as a standard feature. Some of these features have been mentioned below.

The safety feature of the 2020 Nissan Versa

  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Hood buckling creases and safety stops
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Pipe-style steel side-door guard beams

 

2020 Nissan Versa Competition

6.0/10

 

 

 

2020 Nissan Versa vs the 2020 Ford Fiesta

2020 Ford Fiesta

2020 Nissan Versa vs the 2020 Toyota Yaris

2020 Toyota Yaris

2020 Nissan Versa vs the 2020 Hyundai Accent

2020 Hyundai Accent

 

2020 Nissan Versa Final Verdict

Nissan Versa is powered by a 1.6L inline-four engine. The Versa Sedan is available in three trim levels. The prices for the 2020 Nissan Versa hatchback start at $15,650. Versa is offered with a CVT transmission as standard and also gets a 5-speed manual. The space for front passengers is good but the rear seats also offer decent room for three passengers. The Versa is better suited for city driving but it struggles on the highway. For a budget car, the Versa checks most of the essential boxes. It has well laid out cabin, generous cargo space, and a very competitive price but if you are looking to keep your car for a long time and use it on a personal basis then your money would be better spent elsewhere.

2020 Nissan Versa

 


2020 Nissan Versa FAQs

How is the fuel efficiency of the 2020 Nissan Versa?

The 2020 Nissan Versa delivers fuel efficiency of 32/40/35 for the city/highway/combined.

What is the price range of the 2020 Nissan Versa?

The 2020 Nissan Versa comes priced at an MSR range of $15,650-$18,360.

How many trims are there for the 2020 Nissan Versa?

The 2020 Nissan Versa has a total of three trims S, SV, SR.

What are the engine specs of the 2020 Nissan Versa?

The 2020 Nissan Versa gets a 1.6L inline-4 cylinder engine across all the trims.

Is the 2020 Nissan Versa a reliable vehicle?

The 2020 Nissan Versa gets the following warranty package:

  • Basic Warranty: 3 yr./ 36,000 mi. 
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 yr./ 60,000 mi.
  • Roadside Warranty: 3 yr./ 36,000 mi.
  • Rust Warranty: 5 yr./ unlimited mi.

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