2014 Nissan Versa Note
A lot has been done these days to make small sedans and hatchbacks stylish, useful, and affordable. And Nissan, being no stranger to this game, has another entry for buyer consideration: the 2014 Nissan Versa Note.
Replacing the previous Versa hatchback the Versa Note is…well, still a 5-door hatchback, but now based on Nissan’s global “V” platform shared also by the newest Versa sedan.
That brings with it a new front-wheel drive architecture and 1.6 liter inline four rated at 109 horses. Power felt somewhat sluggish, but then again, we weren’t expecting to be blown away; it’s enough for our daily duties. And we’ll gladly take the 35 combined MPG rating, and the much improved Xtronic CVT’s performance. Overall the Note drives very solid for its size, and road and suspension noise damping is far better than its predecessor.
Styling is also nothing mind-blowing, but the Versa Note does its best to stand out. The wrap-around head and tail lights, short overhangs, and steeply raked windshield do add some pop.
But inside is where drivers will be most rewarded, as there’s plenty of space, functionality, and creature comforts that are worthy of Note-ing. Including available heated seats. Cargo room is listed as a best in class at 21.4 cubic feet, and we found both front and rear seat passenger room surprisingly spacious. The optional NAV screen and RearView Monitor now use Nissan’s Around View technology we like so much on our long term Pathfinder.
Starting around a very budget friendly $14,000, the subcompact 2014 Nissan Versa Note is available, now.
Engine: 1.6 liter
Price: Starting around $14,000