2020 Nissan Versa in RI
The Nissan Versa returns for the 2020 model year as one of the most cost-effective subcompact cars currently on the market. This year it returns with a well-equipped, modern-looking interior in addition to an upgraded exterior style that’s more akin to the midsized Altima. On top of that, it gets a more generous list of standard safety features than the outgoing model, as well as a little more engine power.
These changes certainly make for an all-around better Versa. If you’re looking for an attractively styled subcompact car that is priced just as attractively and comes with a generous collection of modern features, then the fully redesigned ’20 Versa awaits your test drive.
Trims and Equipment
The front-wheel drive ’20 Versa is available in three trim levels: S, SV, and SR. Each of these trims gets its power from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 122 horsepower (last year’s 1.6-liter engine topped out at 109 hp). The S comes with a five-speed manual transmission as standard equipment while an Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. On the other hand, both the SV and SR receive the Xtronic CVT instead of the manual. Fuel economy with this upgraded engine is still just as good, with an EPA-estimated combined 30 mpg.
Equipment for the S includes steel wheels, automatic headlights, power outside mirrors, and remote keyless entry with push-button ignition. The mid-level SV has alloy wheels, body-colored mirrors and door handles, premium fabric upholstery, and a Prima-Tex appointed soft-touch dash. With the more upscale SR, automatic climate control, remote engine start, LED headlights, special exterior and interior trim details, sport cloth seat trim, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are all included. There’s an optional SR Convenience Package, as well, which will add heated front seats.
Safety and Driver Assistance
More than ever before, the latest Versa features some of the most sophisticated active safety equipment currently offered by automakers. Even the base-level S gets frontal collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, high beam assist, rear automatic braking, automatic headlights, and a rearview camera system. The SV adds a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and an intelligent driver alertness system. All of these driver aids get carried over to the SR, which can also receive adaptive cruise control if the SR Convenience Package is opted for.
The S trim is not as minimalistic as it once was. For 2020, it comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth hands-free capability, a four-speaker audio system, Nissan voice recognition for audio, three USB ports, and steering-wheel mounted audio controls. The SV will add to this list Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as satellite radio. At the top of the heap with the SR, you’ll be able to enjoy all of this plus a six-speaker audio unit.