08-28-19

2020 Versa: Big Bonuses for Bigger Budget

 

While it is no longer America’s cheapest car, the 2020 Versa’s higher price tag packs in plenty of value.

 

The Upgraded 2020 Versa

 

The new 2020 Versa may have gave up the crown for most affordable vehicle, but it gained a whole lot of value in return. With a new starting MSRP of $15,625, the redesigned 2020 Vera is now $2270 more than before. Car and Driver found that to be a small price to pay for how much better this year’s Versa is. 

 

More for Your Money

 

In Car and Driver’s test drive of the 2020 Versa, they were able to take two of the three trims out for a spin.

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They were impressed by the updated mid-level SV, but the real winner was the  top-trim-tier SR. They noted that this trim now sports 17-inch wheels straight from the factory, a first for the Versa.

Interior improvement was a big focus of the 2020 redesign. Car and Driver noted higher-quality smooth-grain plastic material design was abundant. “Sturdier knobs” make the Versa’s switchgear look and feel much more pleasing than the cheap dials of the past. Folks in the front seat will now enjoy three additional inches of leg space. 

The previously sedate sedan has gained a bit of get-up-and-go, a welcome change from the sleepy demeanor of the past. Car and Driver noted the “pleasantly firm ride” and “accurate steering” as big winners in the update. Improved dampers made for better handling when cornering as well as when taking on tough terrain. 

Safety also so substantial improvement in the 2020 Versa refresh. Drivers will benefit from aids such as automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and automatic high-beams. Standard on all Versas, those technologies can be expanded upon when you opt for a higher-tier trim. 

Things under the hood were also refined. Thanks to engine tweaking, the 2020 Versa now sports 13 additional horsepower for a total of 122. Seven more pounds-feet of torque were added as well, taking the Versa to 114 now. Updates to the Xtronic CVT meant that the transmission can eek out 1 more mpg, for a total of 35. Better belt design made for an improved response while cruising below 25 mph. If you’re looking for a manual option, it still exists, exclusive to the base-level S trim. 

 

The affordable 2020 Versa may cost a bit more than before, but you’ll love these updates. Come check out our selection today at Metro Nissan Redlands!

 

Source: Car and Driver

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05-31-19

Pull Over, Trucks and SUVs: American Millennials Love Sedans

While big, brawny vehicles may be the poster children for American roadways, a new study from Nissan suggests that the nation’s younger drivers see themselves behind the wheel of a sedan.

Millennial Counter-Car-Culture

According to a press release direct from Nissan, sedans remain a hot ticket item for drivers across the nation, especially with Millennials and Generation Z.

Nissan reported that a study they conducted found that 78% of participants who did not currently own a sedan would consider buying one. That number rose to 86% in those polled from the ages of 18 to 34 years old.

This is welcome news to Nissan, who has ramped up efforts to provide top-notch sedans in the American market. Nissan’s sedan stars include the all-new Versa and Altima alongside the refreshed Maxima.

The latest Versa received a lively new design all around as well as some rarer subcompact class technological upgrades. The Altima now features athletic new proportions, with a lower and wider frame; it is also the proud bearer of Nissan’s first sedan-level inclusion of their ProPILOT Assist driver assistance system. Not to be left out, the Maxima’s upgraded style, safety and convenience make it a strong contender as well.
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Nissan’s strong sedan offerings are poised to give the company a leg up on the competition. "We see great opportunity in the sedan segment, which is why we're continuing to launch all-new and refreshed products," said Rob Warren, director and chief marketing manager at Nissan North America.

While other car companies have cut back on sedan production, Nissan’s continued investment should prove powerful in capturing the sedan market. "Sedans are still extremely popular with our customers, so as our competitors exit the category, they're creating even more prospects for Nissan,” Warren said.

Nissan shows no signs of slowing down their sedan production, especially with strong sales from America’s newest drivers. "What we're hearing from younger buyers is that they appreciate the features, versatility, fuel economy and value in our sedans," said Warren. "Sedan design has also come a long way, as these traditional four-door cars shed their generic look, add more technology and take on a more aggressive, stylish profile. As sedans become more exciting to look at and to drive, younger buyers are putting sedans at the top of their consideration list."

Stats on Seeking Sedans

According to Nissan’s study, American car buyers continue to see sedans as worthy cars that are satisfying and functional. As Nissan’s press release laid out, the four main highlights of the study were that:

78% of American drivers not currently owning a sedan would consider buying one now or in the future.
Generation Z and millennial drivers support sedans, as 86% of drivers between 18-34 years old who don't own a sedan would consider buying one now or in the future. Slightly fewer older drivers showed interest, at 81% of drivers from age 35-50.
U.S. sedan owners appear slightly more satisfied with their cars (89%) versus non-sedan owners (88%).
95% of sedan owners listed functionality as the most important aspect they love about their car, versus 94% for non-sedan owners.

If you are one of millions of Americans looking to buy a sedan, come check out our lineup at Metro Nissan of Redlands today!

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