Just three models have comprised the Nissan Versa sedan line since its redesign in 2020: the entry-spec S, mid-range SV, and top-end SR. All come equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that's been coupled with a five-speed manual gearbox in the S and with a CVT in the SV and SR (optional for the S). A front-wheel drivetrain is also standard across the board. Outputs are 122 hp and 114 lb-ft.
The Versa's entry-spec selection of gear and features is rather basic with the Versa S coming outfitted with elements such as halogen headlights and 15-inch steel wheels. On the inside, it's fitted with manually-adjustable front seats, cloth seating upholstery, and manual air conditioning. A seven-inch infotainment system touchscreen and Nissan's Safety Shield 360 suite of driver assists are standard from the outset, too. Moving up to the middle of the line, you get 16-inch alloy wheels, premium cloth seating upholstery, full smartphone integration, and even more driver-assist technologies. The top-spec model comes with LED headlights with signature lighting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an upgraded audio system.
With a starting price of $15,180, the manual Nissan Versa remains one of the most affordable cars in the USA. The Versa S, when fitted with the CVT, comes in at $16,850. The better-outfitted Versa SV comes in at $17,990, and the top-spec SR has an MSRP of $18,590. All Versa prices are exclusive of any tax, registration, and licensing fees as well as of Nissan's destination and handling charge of $1,025. With Nissan having increased the Versa's price over the years, the Chevrolet Spark is now the most affordable car offered in the US.
There isn't that much offered for the Versa optionally. The S and the SV can be outfitted with the body-color trunk lid spoiler featured on the SR, for $435. A front center console with a storage bin can be fitted to the SV and SR for $320. The only full package offered is for the SR - a $400 Convenience Package that includes adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, and automatic climate control.
The Nissan Versa is a simple urban sedan with a focus on low-cost motoring. Standard specification and pricing don't increase dramatically between each trim level either, so it makes sense to spend a little extra for the top-spec SR and opt-in the $400 Convenience Package for the adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, and automatic climate control. The CVT that comes standard in the SV and SR also returns far better fuel economy figures than the five-speed manual that's standard in the S. Sure, you can add the CVT to the S but with it, you're still stuck with the halogen headlights, small steel wheels, and a scant selection of features.