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You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2017 Nissan Versa Note OVERVIEW
The hatchback version of Nissan’s subcompact Versa, the Versa Note continues to be a popular choice for value-oriented buyers. It does indeed have a lot going for it: a low purchase price, excellent EPA-estimated fuel economy, great interior space, and good looks. Ride quality and refinement are both good for the rock-bottom price, and the Versa Note really will seat five adults, even with such a tiny footprint.
What's New for 2017
For 2017, the Versa Note has undergone a minor cosmetic refresh. The front end treatment is new and looks a bit more windswept than before, and the top three trim levels get a sporty rear fascia. Wheel covers and alloys have been updated, and two new colors are offered: Monarch Orange and Deep Blue Pearl.
Customers have had their say as well. The cupholders are larger, the 12-volt and USB sockets have been moved to the front of the center console, and the top three trims get a second 12-volt outlet.
The S trim level has been dropped, making the S Plus the new base model.
Choosing Your Nissan Versa Note
The Versa Note has one mission: delivering a lot of car for little money. It is one of the most inexpensive cars on the market today, even with amenities, and bargain hunters will find that few other cars offer such features at such a low price.
Only one engine is available: a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 31 city, 39 highway.
Meaningful options are few. Buyers looking for features and gadgets should stick to the higher trim levels.
Destination and handing is included in all prices.
The base model S Plus is very inexpensive, but even the most hardcore value buyers will find the next step up the ladder, the SV, far easier to live with.
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