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This little subcompact offers amazing space and versatility. It's also quieter and more relaxed to drive than most competitors. Its tall stance and wide doors make it easy to maneuver, park, and hop into and out of. The rear seat is really roomy, and the ride feels comfortable and relaxed. Handling is more responsive than the Versa sedan's. Our main gripes are its awkward driving position, squishy front seats, and lack of interior storage. The continuously variable transmission can magnify coarse engine noise when accelerating, but its 31 mpg overall is respectable. Standard Bluetooth, available heated seats, and the surround-view camera system are helpful features.

Road Test

The Versa Note is a redesigned version of the subcompact Versa hatchback. As a fuel-efficient runabout, it's hard to beat for the price. The Note is extremely easy to park, tall and wide doors make hopping in and out simple, and the tall stance helps...

Highs

  • Lots of cargo space and rear-seat room for the size and price
  • Super-easy access

Lows

  • Slow acceleration
  • Unsupportive front seats

Best Version to Get

We think the Versa Note SV with convenience package offers the best balance of equipment and price. Starting at $16,800, it includes modern essential conveniences such as power locks and windows, and keyless entry. Then, add in the convenience package, a bargain at $540, to get a backup came...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 5-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 (109 hp)

Ratings

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Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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