What’s now known as the Versa Note was once called, simply, the Versa hatchback. In 2014, Nissan chose to separate the hatchback from the sedan, by making the former a distinct standalone model. Like most small hatchbacks, the Versa Note scores highly in fuel-efficiency, along with the ability to haul quite a lot of cargo, considering its compact external dimensions.
What's New for 2016
Several trim-level changes have emerged for the 2016 season. The midrange SV edition gains some features that were previously part of an optional Convenience Package. They include a 5-inch color display, Bluetooth streaming audio, satellite radio, hands-free texting, a rearview monitor, and an adjustable cargo area.
Choosing Your Nissan Versa Note
Because it’s a compact hatchback, value is the Versa Note’s prime attraction. Buyers on a budget might be limited to lower-end versions. But if you’re able to consider a higher trim level, you can wind up with a well-equipped hatchback at a relatively affordable price. Nissan divides the model range into five distinct trim levels, including a sportier SR edition for younger buyers who would rather have a sporty look than premium features.
At the same time, Nissan simplifies the buying process by offering just one engine: a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard on the base S model, but the remainder of the lineup gets a continuously variable transmission (CVT). That CVT earns a fuel-economy estimate of 31 mpg in city driving and 40 mpg on the highway, versus 27/36 mpg for manual shift.
Choose one of the five Versa Note trim levels, and few additional decisions need to be made:
Unless your budget is very tight, we vote against the stripped-down S model. An SV is probably the best compromise of value and features, but you get quite a bit more in the SL, while still keeping the cost relatively reasonable. Only a handful of options are offered for the Versa Note hatchback.
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