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7 Great New Nissans Under $25,000 for 2019

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Nissan offers a wide range of economical, affordable, value-oriented vehicles. As a result, there's a good chance you're considering a Nissan in your search for a new vehicle. To help with your search, we've outlined seven new Nissans that make a good option for anyone working with a budget of around $25,000. While your options on the used market will likely be a little larger and a little nicer, it's hard to argue with the peace of mind offered by the full 3-year/36,000-mile basic and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty you get with a brand new car, not to mention that new car smell.

2019 Nissan Versa Sedan

2019 Nissan Versa Sedan

The Versa Sedan is Nissan's entry-level subcompact sedan. With a starting price of under $14,000, it's the cheapest vehicle in Nissan's lineup, so if your car-buying decision is purely driven by price, this is the Nissan for you. If you're looking for features and comfort though, there are better options. Still, the Versa isn't completely devoid of feature content, with top of the line SV Special Edition models offered with aluminum wheels, fog lights, passive keyless entry with push-button start, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, all for under $18,000, which is well shy of our $25,000 target. Powering the Versa is a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder making 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque and mated to a continuously variable transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 27 miles per gallon in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in combined driving, which is respectable. Find a Nissan Versa for sale

2019 Nissan Versa Note

2019 Nissan Versa Note

While they share the same name, the Versa hatchback -- or Versa Note as Nissan chooses to market it -- is a slightly more premium vehicle than the basic Versa sedan, offering more in the way of features, not to mention style and refinement. With a starting price of under $17,000, the Versa Note stands out for one main reason -- its hatchback design. Gone are the somewhat awkward proportions of the sedan in favor of crisp, clean, sporty lines. Additionally, the Versa Note's more generous proportions allow for a large rear cargo area with the rear seats folded flat, making the vehicle overall more versatile. A loaded Versa Note SR comes in at just over $19,000 and offers 5-spoke 16-in aluminum wheels, a spoiler, fog lights and a 7-in infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Versa Note uses the same engine and transmission as the sedan. Find a Nissan Versa Note for sale

2019 Nissan Sentra

2019 Nissan Sentra

The Sentra is Nissan's compact sedan and comes with a base price of just under $19,000, while a fully-loaded Sentra NISMO comes in at around $27,000. The Sentra is available with two different engines. On the low end is a basic 1.8-liter 4-cylinder making 124 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. Not great for acceleration and performance, but good for fuel economy, as with this basic engine, the Sentra returns 29 mpg city/37 mpg hwy/32 mpg combined. Alternatively, for anyone wanting a little more power, a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is offered making 188 hp and is available with a 6-speed manual transmission in NISMO trim. Regardless of which engine you choose, the Sentra offers a good balance of space and efficiency, and items like available leather seats and Bose audio serve to sweeten the deal. At under $25,000 before even factoring in current incentives, we like the SR Turbo model, which comes with a sunroof, heated seats and, of course, the turbocharged engine. Alternatively, while its MSRP is slightly above $26k, the Sentra NISMO can be had for right around $25,000 as well when you factor in those manufacturer incentives. Find a Nissan Sentra for sale

2019 Nissan Leaf

2019 Nissan Leaf (with tax credits)

While this could change any day now, as of this writing, Leaf buyers are offered a federal tax credit of up to $7,500, not to mention any additional incentives offered by the buyer's state. So while the price of any new Leaf carries an MSRP of above $25,000, buyers can get the price of their new Leaf below this magic number once factoring in said incentives. The price of a base Leaf S is around $31,000 and includes nice-to-have features like automatic emergency braking and automatic temperature control. Step up to the Leaf SV, which comes in at a little over $33,000 before incentives, and you get an integrated navigation system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with 17-in wheels, and some other upscale touches. While a new Leaf Plus was recently introduced that is capable of traveling up to 226 miles between charges, the basic Leaf is capable of only up to 150, which lags behind competitors like the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. Still, if you've got a short commute, don't do a lot of driving, or plan to only use it as a second vehicle, a new Leaf is an attractive option, especially when you factor in those tax credits. Find a Nissan Leaf for sale

2019 Nissan Kicks

2019 Nissan Kicks

The Kicks is Nissan's sporty subcompact SUV. Smaller than the Rogue Sport, the Kicks is thought of as the successor to the fan-favorite Juke, sold from 2011 to 2017, and the Kicks tries to channel the Juke with regard to handling and sporty styling. We like the Kicks for its large cargo area, commanding seating position and good packaging that gets you a lot of great features at an even greater price. Powering the Kicks is a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder making just 125 hp and mated to a CVT. Only front-wheel drive is available, as all-wheel drive isn't offered. While this powertrain leaves something to be desired with regard to acceleration and general performance, you can't argue with the Kicks' impressive fuel economy, which the EPA rates at 31 mpg city/36 mpg hwy/33 mpg combined. Pricing for the Kicks starts at $19,685 and reaches just $23,185 in its loaded SR trim. We think the SR provides the best value, as it includes a surround-view monitor, LED headlights, a Bose audio system, heated front seats and imitation leather seating, which is an upgrade from the cloth seats found on lower trims. No matter how you look at it, as far as new Nissans go, the Kicks is a great value, as long as you can live without AWD. Find a Nissan Kicks for sale

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport

The Rogue Sport is a subcompact SUV in the vein of the Toyota CH-R and the Honda HR-V. We like it for its comfortable cabin, ample cargo space and good features like driver safety aids and infotainment tech. The Rogue Sport starts at $23,385 and reaches just over $30k in loaded SL trim. For around $25,000, we like the FWD SV model, which comes in at $25,185 and offers 17-in wheels, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist and an 8-way power driver's seat with lumbar support. Demand AWD and you're looking at a basic S model for $25k, although even the S includes blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Powering the Rogue Sport is a small 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making a meager 141 hp. But what it lacks in power, the Rogue Sport makes up for in fuel economy, returning 25 mpg city/32 mpg hwy/28 mpg combined. Find a Nissan Rogue Sport for sale

2019 Nissan Frontier

2019 Nissan Frontier

With a base price of right around $20,000, the Frontier is the most affordable pickup on the market. It's also ancient, last having been fully redesigned for the 2005 model year. As a result, the Frontier won't offer the amenities you get with other midsize trucks like the Toyota Tacoma and the Ford Ranger with regard to safety and technology. With very few updates over the past 15 model years, the Frontier's interior is straight out of the mid-2000s, as is its cabin tech and crash test performance. Still, if you want a cheap truck with a full factory warranty, the Frontier is a good option. For around $25,000, buyers can get a basic 4-cylinder model with 4-wheel drive, or a V6 with 2-wheel drive, both of which will be in extended cab form with room for four passengers, in a pinch. Checking the box for an automatic transmission adds a little to this base price, but with some negotiation, you should still be able to get your out-the-door price to around $25,000 even. Find a Nissan Frontier for sale

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