The 2021 Nissan Versa: Introducing Nissan’s most affordable car model, the Nissan Versa
The Nissan Versa is a subcompact car model that has been in production since 2006. Today, the Nissan Versa is exclusively a subcompact car, but in the past there have been sedan versions, hatchback versions, and a mini MPV version of this model. The Nissan Versa is most well known for its tremendous initial reliability ratings and low base price. The most notable competitors to this model include the Honda Fit and the MINI Cooper. U.S. News ranks the Nissan Versa 6th in its list of subcompact car models.
What can we expect from the 2021 Nissan Versa?
The Nissan Versa underwent a complete redesign for the 2020 model year, marking the beginning of the third generation Versa sedan. Prior to the current model, the Nissan Versa was the cheapest new car available on the United States market. That is no longer the case following the redesign. The all-new 2020 Nissan Versa features various changes such as an upgraded interior, an improved drivetrain, and better fuel efficiency. However, the all-new design of this model has less passenger space in the back seats than its predecessor. It’d be nice for Nissan to address the back seat issue, but one shouldn’t expect any major changes for the 2021 Versa coming off a remodel year.
What users tell us about the Nissan Versa
The current Nissan Versa model went from being the cheapest car on the market to being one of the most sought after cars in its class, and maintaining a comparable level of affordability. This model is definitely one of the best models available in the United States as far as value for the price goes. However, the 2020 Nissan Versa has one of the weakest engines in its class. Additionally, the touchscreen on the infotainment system is, at times, slow to respond. Still, this model has great fuel economy, a comfortable interior, lots of standard features, and it’s cheap.
Nissan Versa Facts
The 2020 Nissan Versa has not been crash tested by any reputable sources to this point. However, this model offers more standard safety technology than any other model in its class. These features include automated rear emergency braking, automated front emergency braking, and a lane departure warning system.
The current Nissan Versa averages about 32 city/40 highway miles per gallon. The manual transmission loses about 5 miles per gallon from these averages. The automatic 2020 Nissan Versa with CVT has superb gas mileage that ranks near the top of its class.
Prior to the redesign of the 2020 Versa, this model had one of the worst interiors on the market. While the materials used on the new interior are still cheap, they look and feel considerably better than they did before.
The all-new Nissan Versa’s exterior sits lower than its predecessor, and is also wider and longer. The new exterior is, without question, more stylish and appealing. Nissan elected to expand the dimensions of this model and give it a shape that is comparable to the Nissan Altima.
The lackluster performance of the Nissan Versa is probably the biggest downside of this car. The only engine option for this car is a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine that makes up to 122 horsepower. Manual transmission is standard, but the automatic CVT is available on most trim levels. Overall, regardless of the driving situation, this car is pretty slow.
J.D. Power and Associates gave the Nissan Versa a 4.5 out of 5 predicted reliability rating. This is an excellent rating, and one of the best ratings in the Versa’s class.
2021 Nissan Versa Price and Expected Release Date
The 2020 Nissan Versa was formally released late in the summer of 2019. It’s reasonable to believe that Nissan will unveil the 2021 Versa around the same time in 2020. The MSRP for the 2020 Nissan Versa starts at $14,730. This is a couple thousand higher than the previous year, but that is due, in part, to the redesign of the model. The next Nissan Versa model shouldn’t see any drastic changes in pricing.
Do these dramatic additions to an already popular car model make it one of the best subcompact cars on the market?