But is it still the cheapest car in the US?
The outgoing second-generation Nissan Versa held the distinction of being the most affordable car in the United States with a frugal starting price of $12,460 for the base S trim. And although the Versa Note hatchback wasn't quite as inexpensive, it held the distinction of being the cheapest hatchback sold in the US before it was discontinued. Nissan has revealed the all-new, third-generation Versa for the 2020 model year with the goal of offering more safety features and technology in the sub-compact sedan class.
Pricing for the 2020 Versa is now available and the numbers look great. The Versa is no longer the cheapest car in the US but with a starting price of $14,730 (plus an $895 destination and handling fee), it is still amazing value.
Nissan will offer the 2020 Versa in three trim levels, all of which are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy figures are not available yet but will be revealed in our upcoming First Drive review. The base S trim starts at $14,730 with the five-speed manual while the Xtronic CVT pushes the price up to $16,400.
As standard, the S trim includes safety features such as Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, and High Beam Assist. Push-button start, a seven-inch touchscreen, steering wheel controls, automatic headlights, and power windows are all standard even on the base S trim. Stepping up to the SV trim brings the price to $17,640 and adds 16-inch alloy wheels, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, upgraded cloth, rear door alert, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The top SR trim costs $18,240 and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, fog lights, and black exterior accents, orange interior accents, automatic climate control, intelligent key, and six speakers. Nissan will only offer one option for $300 called the SR Convenience Package, which adds heated front seats and adaptive cruise control. This new Versa offers incredible value for money and even a fully-loaded SR trim at $18,540 costs less than the least expensive Kicks, which starts at $18,640. Nissan will offer eight exterior colors, including an interesting shade of red, blue, and orange to go along with the more boring hues that most shoppers will inevitably buy.