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2020 Nissan Versa finds modernity, retains value

Nissan's least-expensive model straightens up and flies right with new looks and tech.

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Chris Paukert
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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The 2020 Versa unfrumps Nissan's lowest-price new vehicle.

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Riding atop a modified version of the chassis shared with the Kicks crossover SUV, the new Versa wholeheartedly adopts Nissan's latest sedan styling language.

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Up front, you can begin to appreciate that the new car is 1.8 inches wider than the outgoing model, an impression reinforced by the car's overall lower stance and more horizontally oriented headlamps and V-Motion grille.

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The 2020 Nissan Versa sits a massive 2.3 inches lower overall, and its stance is further improved because it rides 0.8 inches lower on its wheels.

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Top-trim SR models like this start at $18,240 plus options and delivery.

Base Versa S models with a five-speed manual start at $14,730 plus destination fee. 

That's right in the thick of the hunt for compact economy cars, but it is over 15% more than last year.

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The 2020 Nissan Versa's cabin is miles ahead of the outgoing version. 

Standard features include a reconfigurable 7-inch gauge-cluster screen, 7-inch display audio system and a surprisingly racy flat-bottom wheel.

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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility come on all but the base S model, and there are three USB ports. 

Bluetooth telephony and audio is standard across the range.

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Base S models come with halogen headlamps, but LED units, like those on this SR test car, come on higher trims.

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The new Versa looks infinitely sleeker than the frankly awkward-looking second-gen model.

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If you want a Nissan Versa, for 2020, it's four-door sedan or nothing.

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The hatchback Versa Note variant has been discontinued in North America.

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Base Versa S models are available with a five-speed manual gearbox or an optional Xtronic continuously variable transmission.

The CVT is standard on other trims.

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The 2020 Nissan Versa will arrive in US showrooms soon, where it will square off against rivals such as the Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio and Toyota Yaris.

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