Enormous back seat; good fuel economy with the CVT; attractive styling; low base price; versatile optional Divide-N-Hide cargo area
Steering wheel doesn't telescope; sparsely equipped interior on cheaper models; so-so crash-test results
The 2015 Nissan Versa Note receives more standard equipment this year, including Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity. Two new trim levels, SR and SL, join the Note lineup, bringing the total number of trim choices to five.
Our pick would be the SV. At just over $17,000, it is a good value, and it has the power accessories that we expect in a modern vehicle. Find a Nissan Versa Note for sale
The base Versa Note S ($14,990) is basic indeed, boasting throwback features such as 15-inch steel wheels, a 5-speed manual transmission, crank windows, manual door locks, and 4-way manual front seats that lack a height adjustment, even for the driver. To be fair, the S does provide power mirrors, air conditioning, Bluetooth, and a 4-speaker CD audio system with an auxiliary input jack. Factory options are limited mostly to appearance items, including a Sport Value package that adds 15-in alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. A stolen-vehicle tracking system is also available.
The S Plus ($16,240) offers the CVT transmission (the manual is only available in the S model), an active grille shutter that reportedly improves fuel economy, and cruise control. Power windows and locks are still not available, however. S Plus options are similar to those on the base S model.
The SV ($17,140) gets standard power windows and locks, as well as keyless entry, upgraded interior cloth, a height-adjustable driver seat with an armrest, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with auxiliary audio controls, and bright interior accents.
The SR ($18,340) adds suede seat accents, variable intermittent front wipers, a rear-seat armrest with cup holders, SR badging, 16-in aluminum-alloy wheels, a sporty grille and front and rear fascias, dark headlight surrounds, fog lights and a rear spoiler.
The SL ($18,770) features a range of special equipment, including NissanConnect with mobile apps, a 5-in color display, hands-free text messaging, Bluetooth streaming audio, Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button starting, a rearview monitor, heated front seats, the Divide-N-Hide adjustable floor and 16-in aluminum-alloy wheels.
The SV and SR can be equipped with a Convenience package that features a 5-in color infotainment display, a rearview camera, satellite radio, an iPod/USB connection, a fold-down rear center armrest and the nifty Divide-N-Hide adjustable rear cargo floor.
The SL offers the Tech package, which brings heated exterior mirrors, a larger 5.8-in touchscreen, a navigation system with Google point-of-interest connectivity and Sirius traffic and weather reports, a hands-free text-messaging assistant, Bluetooth streaming audio, Pandora Radio capability, and Nissan's Around View 360-degree parking camera system.
Trunk space in the Versa Note measures a useful 21.4 cu ft. behind the rear seat backs, and that number nearly doubles if you fold them down. Moreover, the available Divide-N-Hide storage system adds a concealed cargo-floor compartment with a cover that can be lowered or removed to facilitate serious hauling tasks. It's a simple, yet effective, system; we're surprised it took someone this long to dream it up.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
Chevrolet Sonic -- The Sonic has a tiny back seat compared to the Versa Note, but it's more rewarding to drive, especially with the optional turbocharged engine.
Ford Fiesta -- Often overlooked, the Fiesta continues to be one of our favorites because it's fun to drive, especially in the ST trim.
Honda Fit -- The new Fit continues to stand alone as the versatility champ among small hatchbacks, offering SUVlike cargo capacity in a compact package.