Enormous back seat; good fuel economy with the continuously variable transmission (CVT); attractive styling; low base price; versatile Divide-N-Hide cargo area
Steering wheel doesn't telescope; sparsely equipped interior on cheaper models; so-so crash-test results
Along with two new colors, the 2016 Versa Note SV gains NissanConnect with mobile apps, a 5.0-inch color display, Bluetooth streaming audio, hands-free text messaging, SiriusXM radio, a rearview monitor and the Divide-N-Hide adjustable floor. The SL gains last year's Tech package as standard equipment. See the 2016 Nissan Versa Note models for sale near you
Our pick would be the SV. At just over $17,000, it's a good value, and it has all the power and entertainment accessories expected in a modern vehicle. Find a Nissan Versa Note for sale
The base Versa Note S ($15,015) is basic indeed, boasting features such as 15-in steel wheels, a 5-speed manual transmission, crank windows, manual door locks and 4-way manual front seats that lack 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.
The S Plus ($16,265) offers the CVT (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 ($17,165) adds power windows and locks, as well as keyless entry, upgraded interior cloth, a height-adjustable driver's seat with an armrest, NissanConnect with mobile apps and a 5-in color display, satellite radio (requires a subscription), USB/iPod input, a rearview camera, Divide-N-Hide storage, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with auxiliary audio controls and bright interior accents.
The SR ($18,765) adds suede seat accents, variable intermittent front wipers, a rear-seat armrest with cupholders, 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 ($19,495) features a range of special equipment, including NissanConnect with navigation and a 5.8-in color display, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, Nissan's 360-degree Around View Monitor, Easy-Fill Tire Alert, Nissan's Intelligent Key System with push-button starting, heated outside mirrors, heated front seats and 16-in aluminum-alloy wheels.
The SV Appearance package adds 15-in alloy wheels, fog lights and variable wipers.
The SR offers the Tech package, which brings a larger 5.8-in touchscreen, NissanConnect (including a navigation system equipped with Sirius traffic and weather reports), a hands-free text-messaging assistant, Bluetooth streaming audio and Pandora Radio capability.
Trunk space in the Versa Note measures a useful 21.4 cu ft. behind the rear seatbacks, 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, and 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|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2016 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.
2016 Ford Fiesta -- Often overlooked, the Fiesta continues to be one of our favorites because it's so fun to drive, especially in the ST trim.
2016 Honda Fit -- The Honda Fit continues to stand alone as the versatility champ among small hatchbacks, offering SUVlike cargo capacity in a compact package.