The Versa Note was once simply the Versa hatchback, but rebranding in 2014 led to Nissan separating the hatchback from its sedan relative by making it a standalone model. The Versa Note, like most small hatchbacks, gets high marks in its fuel efficiency and ability to haul lots of cargo for such a small package.
What's New for 2015
Though the Versa Note carries over for the 2015 model year, there were a few changes. Nissan added a trio of new trim levels, including the sporty SR, the more refined SL and the range-topping SL with Tech Package. Also added in are new tech features, Hands Free Texting, a rearview camera, heated front seats and standard Bluetooth connectivity.
Choosing Your Nissan Versa Note
Being a compact hatchback, the Versa Note is about value, first and foremost, so you may be limited in choices by your budget. But if you're able and willing to look at higher trim levels, you can get yourself a pretty well-equipped hatchback at a great bargain.
Nissan made certain to make clear divides between the trim levels, and it even added in a sportier SR trim for the younger buyers who prefer a sporty look over premium features.
Additionally, Nissan simplified the buying process by offering just one engine: a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. For buyers who want to row their own gears, a manual transmission is available on the base S; the rest of the lineup comes standard with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). With that CVT you also get a boost to 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.
After laying out your needs and wants in the Versa Note, you have a whopping six trim levels to choose from:
Unless your budget is very tight, avoid buying the stripped S model. The SV is probably the best compromise of value and features for buyers in this segment.
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