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Kelley Blue Book: This is now the cheapest new car in America, and one of a vanishing species

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The affordable subcompact car is an endangered species, but Nissan
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is doing its part to keep cheap and cheerful alive. The 2023 Nissan Versa will start at $15,730.

Nissan also charges $1,095 to deliver the Versa.

There are just three subcompact sedans left on the market for 2023. Chevrolet canceled its little Spark, which was the cheapest new car for sale in America in 2022. Hyundai
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canceled its subcompact Accent for 2023 as well.

That leaves just the 2023 Kia Rio, the 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage, and the 2023 Versa competing for the dollars of those who want basic transportation under warranty.

The Nissan Versa

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The recent pricing announcement means the Versa has taken the title of cheapest new car in America for 2023. The least-expensive Mirage starts at $16,245, while Kia
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Rio pricing kicks off at $16,550. Bargain shoppers should note, however, that the Rio has the longest warranty of the bunch.

See: The big question about new car prices: When will they go down?

It may also be the best-looking of the group. Subcompact sedans, as a rule, are not attractive vehicles. Automakers tend to design all their sedans to look similar for brand awareness. The face that looks right on a midsize car usually looks bulbous and comical when shrunk down to subcompact proportions.

Nissan designers have done a better job with the shrink ray than most.

The base Versa S remains spartan, but an S Plus package adds Apple
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CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The mid-level Versa SV now comes standard with an armrest and a wireless charging pad. The top-of-the-line Versa SR adds automatic climate control, a larger 8-inch touchscreen (it’s 7 inches on other Versa trims), and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Base models come with a 5-speed manual transmission, but most buyers will go with the CVT continuously variable automatic transmission that’s optional on the entry trim and standard on the others.

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2023 Nissan Versa pricing:

Nissan also charges a mandatory $1,095 destination fee on all Versa models.

Model

MSRP

Versa S (5-speed manual)

$15,730

Versa S (Xtronic CVT)

$17,400

Versa SV

$19,020

Versa SR

$19,720

This story originally ran on KBB.com. 

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