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.
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