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The Versa puts the V in versatility.

2019 Nissan Versa Review | CarMax

This 2019 Nissan Sedan is an entry-level favorite among many first-time car buyers and commuters across the country. Specifically, the 2019 Nissan Versa is equipped with great tech features, even in its base S trim package, which includes a seven-inch touchscreen display with a backup camera. In this 2019 Nissan Versa review, we'll cover:

Key Specs & Features (2019 model)

  • Powered by a 1.6L DOHC four-cylinder engine
  • Comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen display
  • Air conditioning is standard
  • Bluetooth® streaming audio is standard
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are standard on the SV Special Edition

Rankings

5 Reasons to Buy

1. The Versa Keeps You Connected

2019 Nissan Versa Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

The 2019 Nissan Versa is well equipped with technology that makes life more enjoyable. Starting with the S trim, the Versa comes standard with Bluetooth audio streaming that allows you to play music or audiobooks directly from your phone to the car itself. Hands-free pairing of your phone so that you can drive and talk while keeping your hands on the wheels is also standard. For Apple® and Android® users, the SV Special Edition comes standard with Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

2. SV Special Edition

For those looking for some extra standard features, the Nissan Versa SV Special Edition is a great choice. Available starting in 2017 and running through the 2019 model year, the SV Special Edition takes the SV standard features and adds a handful of premium features not available on the other Versa models. Standard on the SV Special Edition are 15-inch split six spoke aluminum wheels while other versa models are standard with hub caps. Also standard on the SV Special Edition are fog lights, a Nissan Intelligent Key®, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

3. Available With A Manual Transmission

2019 Nissan Versa Review: Engine | CarMax

For those of you that prefer to row your own gears, the Nissan Versa is still available with a manual transmission. Standard and only available on the S trim, the five-speed manual is a slick shifting unit that helped the Versa make the CarMax list of “Best Manual Transmission Cars" for 2018.

If you're not interested in the manual transmission, the CVT comes standard on the S Plus trim and upwards. If you want to save at the pump, the CVT version is the best option.

4. Nissan Intelligent Key®

The 2019 SV and SV Special Edition are standard with Nissan's keyless entry system that does not require a traditional key. As long as you're in the vicinity of the vehicle with the key fob on your person, you'll be able to open and lock the doors, trunk, and start the car without ever pulling a key from your pocket. Push-button start also replaces the traditional tumbler where you'd put that old-fashioned key. This is a new feature for 2019 models.

5. Spacious Interior

2019 Nissan Versa Review: Backseats | CarMax

The 2019 Versa is a small compact car but looks can be deceiving. Despite being one of the smaller late-model cars that you can buy today, the Versa has a spacious interior. Climb inside and you'll find 90.2 cubic feet of space in the main cabin and 14.9 cubic feet in the trunk—still plenty of room for a road trip with a few friends. Interior legroom for the backseat passengers is particularly impressive at 37 inches.

2019 Nissan Versa Review: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

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What You Need to Know

2019 Nissan Versa Trim Configurations

S

  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Air conditioning
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Seven-inch touchscreen display
  • 1.6L DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine

S Plus

  • Xtronic CTV® (Continuously Variable Transmission)
  • Cruise Control
  • Rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light

SV

  • Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button ignition
  • 60/40-split fold-down rear seats
  • Power windows with driver-side one-touch auto-down feature
  • Power door locks with auto-locking feature
  • Upgraded cloth seat trim

SV Special Edition

  • 15-inch six-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto

Available Exterior Color Options

  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Cayenne Red Metallic
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Fresh Powder
  • Gun Metallic
  • Super Black

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The Bottom Line

The 2019 Nissan Versa might be small but it maximizes its available space well. Its big back seat makes taking your friends with you an easy task and you and your passengers will be entertained whether you have an S with Bluetooth streaming audio or an SV with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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