A new addition to Nissan’s subcompact Versa line, the 2014 Versa Note provides the versatility of a hatchback while remaining one of the least expensive cars you can buy. In addition to the extra cargo space, the Note offers sharper styling and more rear headroom than the carryover Versa sedan.
What's New for 2014
The Versa Note is an all-new model, although it’s mechanically similar to the current sedan, which debuted in 2012.
Choosing Your Nissan Versa Note
Low cost and high mileage sum up the Note’s appeal. In keeping with that mission, all models are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 109 horsepower. Equipped with the standard five-speed manual, the Note delivers 30 mpg in combined city and highway driving. Opt for the continuously variable transmission (CVT) and you’re looking at an impressive 35 mpg combined.
The Versa Note starts out with rather basic standard equipment, but grows more sophisticated as you move up the trim levels:
Although the S carries a rock-bottom price, its five-speed manual simply can’t match the efficiency of the CVT, which makes the S Plus a better choice for low-cost commuting. Even so, we suspect most buyers will be happiest with the SV, which is the only route to power windows and locks.