Nissan redesigned the Versa subcompact sedan for 2020, and the third generation of Nissan's "gateway to the brand" offers a standard suite of safety technologies for less than $16,000. The Versa, which competes with the Toyota Yaris and Hyundai Accent, is powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 122 hp, a 12 percent increase from the previous generation. Here's a roundup of snippets of Versa reviews from the automotive media.
"At least when equipped with the CVT, the Versa is still not particularly entertaining to drive, merely competent. Rivals like the Honda Fit and Mazda-sourced Toyota Yaris sedan feel more energetic and lighter on their feet, though they trade away some refinement in the bargain. On the hilly, winding roads outside of Nissan's adopted hometown of Franklin, Tennessee, it was easy to appreciate handling improvements made possible by changes to the car's steering, suspension and structure. However, even with my Versa SR's surprisingly premium 205/50R17 Continental ContiProContact all-season rubber, the Versa's chassis and throttle response still didn't feel as sprightly as Nissan's own new Kicks crossover.
"The truth is, most people will never need or want to toss something like the Versa down a country road, so it's probably smart that Nissan has instead chosen to emphasize overall ride quality and low noise levels instead of driving verve. Even still, in light of how Nissan has managed to bake-in a surprising amount of fun-to-drive DNA in its similarly powered, similarly chassis'd (and very affordable) Kicks SUV, it's a slight disappointment to find that the Versa isn't more lively behind the wheel."
-- Chris Paukert, Roadshow by CNET