2020 Nissan Versa Pricing - No Longer Cheapest, Still Cheap

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
2020 nissan versa pricing no longer cheapest still cheap

Nissan has announced pricing for the 2020 Versa, and the increase should mean that it’s no longer the cheapest car one can buy in America.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the price jump moves the car out of the “cheap” category.

Cheap in the low-cost sense, not the quality sense. More on that later — I just drove the car, but I cannot comment on it publicly until next week, due to embargo.

The cheapest car for sale 2020 title cannot be bestowed on any given econobox just yet, as it appears not all of the Versa’s competitors have released pricing for 2020 as of this moment.

If you head over to Nissan’s consumer Web site, you will see that the base price on a 2019 Versa starts at under $13,000, before fees. That price has jumped to $14,730 for a stick-shift ( Versa S. Want a continuously-variable automatic transmission? That’s gonna be $16,400. Pop for the SV mid-level trim, and it’s $17,640, while the top-line SR checks in at $18,240.

None of those prices include the $895 destination fee. You can only get a stick if you stick with the base S trim.

The redesigned Versa offers things such as a suite of driver-aid/safety tech, fog lamps, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated front seats, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, LED headlamps, 17-inch wheels, remote keyless entry, and push-button start.

A Convenience Package available for the SR includes heated front seats and smart cruise control.

There’s just one engine available — a 1.6-liter four-banger pushing out 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque.

Contributor and Ace of Base guru Matthew Guy did some digging and found that Mitsubishi is pricing the base 2020 Mirage at $13,995. That may be a $200 increase from this year, but it is now cheaper than a Versa. So even if the Mirage doesn’t end up being the cheapest car on the market in 2020, the Versa will have relinquished that dubious title, at least.

We’ll have full review of the updated Versa next week.

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Aug 04, 2019

    No thank you for any Nissan with the CVT transmission at any price. Any savings you get buying a Nissan is more than spent on a replacement transmission.

  • Johnster Johnster on Aug 04, 2019

    I see a lot of these on these on the roads where I live. They are much more common than Sentras and they seem about as common as Chevy Spectrums, Kia Rios and Hyundai Accents. OTOH, I see fewer Toyota Yarises, Ford Fiestas and Mitsubishi Lancers on the roads. Decidely "meh," but probably O.K. for basic transportation.

  • Vulpine Regretfully, rather boring. Nothing truly unique, though the M715 is a real eye-grabber.
  • Parkave231 This counts for the Rare Rides installment on the Fox Cougar and Fox Thunderbird too, right? Don't want to ever have to revisit those......(They should have just called them Monarch/Marquis and Granada/LTD II and everything would have been fine.)
  • DM335 The 1983 Thunderbird and Cougar were introduced later than the rest of the 1983 models. If I recall correctly, the first models arrived in January or February 1983. I'm not sure when they were unveiled, but that would explain why the full-line brochures for Ford and Mercury were missing the Thunderbird and Cougar--at least the first version printed.The 1980 Cougar XR-7 had the same 108.4 inch wheelbase as the 1980 Thunderbird. The Cougar coupe, sedan and wagon had the shorter wheelbase, as did the Ford Granada.
  • Ehaase 1980-1982 Cougar XR-7 shared its wheelbase and body with the Thunderbird. I think the Cougar name was used for the 1977 and 1981 sedans, regular coupe and wagons (1977 and 1982 only) in an effort to replicate Oldsmobile's success using the Cutlass name on all its intermediates, although I wonder why Ford bothered, as the Granada/Cougar were replaced by the Fox LTD/Marquis in 1983.
  • Ken Accomando The Mark VIII was actually designed before the aero Bird, but FMC was nervous about the huge change in design, so it followed the Thunderbird a year. Remember, at this time, the 1983 Thunderbird was the first new aero Ford, with the Tempo soon following. It seems so obvious now but Ford was concerned if their buyers would accept the new aero look! To get the Lincoln buyers warmed up, they also debuted for the 1982 auto show season the Lincoln Concept 90…which really previewed the new Mark VII. Also, the new 1983 Thunderbird and Cougar debuted a little late, in Nov 1982, so perhaps that’s why they were left out of the full line brochures.