If you passed Go and collected rent off Boardwalk in the same round, you’d have the cash to pay Nissan’s price hike on the 2019 Versa sedan. (In Monopoly money, anyway — which, barring a set like this, isn’t real.) The automaker’s entry-level sedan was the cheapest new car in America for the 2018 model year, and its $250 price bump for 2019 means it will likely retain that title for a year to come. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now available for 2019, it brings competitive multimedia systems to the fore.
The price bump brings the 2019 Versa sedan to $13,255 including an $895 destination charge — a price that gets you a stick-shift Versa S with a curious mix of current technology and budget-car trappings. These include a 7-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB port and a backup camera — the latter now required — but crank windows, manual door locks and no center adjustment. The Versa S Plus and Versa SV, which both get a continuously variable automatic transmission, start at $15,395 and $16,885, respectively. Those prices are up $50 apiece versus the 2018.5 Versa sedan, a midyear update that added the touchscreen but neither smartphone integration.
As with the 2018.5, the 2019 Versa S Plus adds cruise control, but you have to get the SV for conveniences like power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, a center armrest and height-adjustable driver’s seat. Atop the SV, the Versa sedan’s sole factory option — an SV Special Edition Package — adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, foglights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and keyless access with push-button start. It’s another $800 versus $500 for the package last year, but it adds the smartphone integrations and keyless access, both previously unavailable. As such, the Versa sedan tops out with factory options at $17,685.
The 2019 Versa sedan is on sale now. Nissan has yet to release details for 2019 on the related Nissan Versa Note hatchback; the 2018.5 Versa Note starts at $16,495.
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