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2018 Nissan Versa Note OVERVIEW
Less is more, the old adage goes, and Nissan has taken that mantra to heart with the utilitarian 2018 Versa Note. Boasting one of the lowest starting prices of all new cars available on the market, the Versa Note gives buyers contemporary styling in a practical hatchback body style, all for a fire sale price.
What's New for 2018
Nissan has toyed with the Versa Note lineup for 2018. 2017's S Plus sees the "Plus" moniker disappear, and the top-dog SL has been put to pasture. Otherwise, changes are negligible.
Choosing Your Nissan Versa Note
The prominent creases and folds on the doors and fenders visually differentiate the Note from the mechanically-identical Versa sedan. This contemporary design cleverly contains 112.9 cubic feet of total interior volume. With the rear seats in their upright position, cargo space is an impressive 18.8 cubic feet. Speaking of that second row, there's class-above levels of legroom.
All Versa Notes are powered by a 1.6-liter four cylinder that makes 109 horsepower and 107 pounds-feet of torque – the only transmission choice is a continuously variable transmission. Fuel economy as per EPA estimates is 31 miles per gallon city, 39 highway, and 34 combined – a rate of consumption that is almost as miserly as the starting price itself.
Each of the remaining three trim levels - S, SV, SR – give buyers a distinct flavor of Versa Note. The SR offers a sporty flair while the S provides basic transportation, and the mid-level SV gives consumers plenty of comfort and convenience doodads but without the SR's styling tweaks.
Even in this low-priced arena, safety remains a top priority for buyers. Nissan acknowledges this with standard front and side curtain airbags, traction and stability control. That said, the company could go further – active safety systems are totally absent on the Versa Note.
Seven colors are available, including an attractive Deep Blue Pearl and Cayenne Red.
The mid-level SV is the sweet spot of the Versa Note lineup. It offers all the comfort and convenience options that are unavailable in S trim, and does not festoon the car with pseudo-performance bits like the more expensive SR. Everything worth having and nothing more, the SV best embodies the philosophy of entry-level transportation.
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