If you’ve been looking for a basic vehicle without any fancy features that you won’t end up using anyway, there may be a Nissan Versa in your future. The 2019 Nissan Versa is a subcompact sedan that’s known for its reliability. It’s the perfect little car for students or buyers on a budget. And although the Versa comes with a modest price tag at dealerships like the auto dealer near Salinas, it delivers a great ride and ample room to keep passengers comfortable. There’s lots of cargo space, too. All in all, the Versa gives you a lot of car for the money.
The 2019 Nissan Versa seats five and is available in S, S Plus and SV trim levels. Nissan also sells a hatchback called the Versa Note. While the Versa Note carries the “Versa” name, the folks at the Salinas area car dealerships tell us it’s really a different car, so it’s not covered in this review. The base S trim is a bare-bones model, so buyers who’d like a nice assortment of standard features may prefer to select the S Plus or the SV trims.
Autotrader wrote: “As one of the lowest-priced cars you can buy, the 2019 Nissan Versa sedan isn't some cheaply assembled throwaway, it's nice small car with a comfortable ride, a huge back seat and trunk, as well as some pretty respectable fuel economy figures. … what makes the Versa so attractive is that it doesn't cost much, holds its value fairly well, delivers excellent fuel economy and has an abundance of space for both passengers and cargo.”
The Versa is powered by a 1.6-liter inline-four powerplant that generates 109 horsepower and 107 lb.-ft. of torque. On the base S trim, this engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission, while the other two models get a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 2019 Nissan Versa is very fuel-efficient, with EPA-estimated fuel economy rated at 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway with the five-speed manual transmission.* The Versa with the CVT returns an impressive 31 mpg city/39 mpg highway.
The Versa’s small price tag may lead some people to believe this is simply an econobox model, but the Versa provides the driver and passengers with a quiet, comfortable ride. The exceptional suspension system helps the Versa absorb bumps in the road, resulting in a smooth ride. The brisk steering system and small turning radius make it easy for the Versa to maneuver around small spaces and park. Passengers in the backseat will enjoy lots of legroom. In fact, the Versa provides more rear legroom than many rival vehicles. There’s plenty of headroom, too, so taller passengers will stay comfortable.
Standard features on the base S trim include 15-inch steel wheels with covers, power mirrors, air conditioning, a stereo system with four speakers, vanity mirrors, a rearview monitor, a 7-inch touchscreen, a trip computer, Bluetooth, a tilt steering wheel and a rear defroster.
The S Plus trim comes with cruise control and a rear spoiler. Step up to the SV trim and you’ll get a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, upgraded seat fabric, a six-way-manual driver’s seat, keyless entry and power door locks. The SV Special Edition package adds 15-inch alloys, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, Intelligent Key with push-button start, Nissan Connect, Sirius XM radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2019 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.