While it is no longer America’s cheapest car, the 2020 Versa’s higher price tag packs in plenty of value.
The Upgraded 2020 Versa
The new 2020 Versa may have gave up the crown for most affordable vehicle, but it gained a whole lot of value in return. With a new starting MSRP of $15,625, the redesigned 2020 Vera is now $2270 more than before. Car and Driver found that to be a small price to pay for how much better this year’s Versa is.
More for Your Money
In Car and Driver’s test drive of the 2020 Versa, they were able to take two of the three trims out for a spin.
They were impressed by the updated mid-level SV, but the real winner was the top-trim-tier SR. They noted that this trim now sports 17-inch wheels straight from the factory, a first for the Versa.
Interior improvement was a big focus of the 2020 redesign. Car and Driver noted higher-quality smooth-grain plastic material design was abundant. “Sturdier knobs” make the Versa’s switchgear look and feel much more pleasing than the cheap dials of the past. Folks in the front seat will now enjoy three additional inches of leg space.
The previously sedate sedan has gained a bit of get-up-and-go, a welcome change from the sleepy demeanor of the past. Car and Driver noted the “pleasantly firm ride” and “accurate steering” as big winners in the update. Improved dampers made for better handling when cornering as well as when taking on tough terrain.
Safety also so substantial improvement in the 2020 Versa refresh. Drivers will benefit from aids such as automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and automatic high-beams. Standard on all Versas, those technologies can be expanded upon when you opt for a higher-tier trim.
Things under the hood were also refined. Thanks to engine tweaking, the 2020 Versa now sports 13 additional horsepower for a total of 122. Seven more pounds-feet of torque were added as well, taking the Versa to 114 now. Updates to the Xtronic CVT meant that the transmission can eek out 1 more mpg, for a total of 35. Better belt design made for an improved response while cruising below 25 mph. If you’re looking for a manual option, it still exists, exclusive to the base-level S trim.
The affordable 2020 Versa may cost a bit more than before, but you’ll love these updates. Come check out our selection today at Metro Nissan Redlands!
Source: Car and Driver