Other cars on this list are here by virtue of their groundbreaking technology. But innovation comes at a price, and that can put amazing new vehicles out of reach for many drivers. So Nissan deserves recognition for putting impressive safety technology easily within reach for anyone who can afford a new car.
Nissan’s subcompact Versa features the company’s Safety Shield 360 suite of technologies that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, rear automatic braking, high beam assist, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. If that amazing array of standard equipment isn’t enough other available technology includes a driver alertness sensor and adaptive cruise control.
The Versa has a conventional 122-horsepower four-cylinder combustion engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that delivers an impressive 35 miles per gallon in combined driving thanks to details like an EV-worthy 0.29 coefficient of aerodynamic drag.
Base price: $15,930