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2018 Nissan Versa Note

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 10/10/2018 Eric Stafford
The 2018 Nissan Versa Note Is Merely Affordable Transportation: Besides its low price, the Nissan Versa Note hatchback has few noteworthy virtues other than shuttling people from Point A to Point B.© Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc Besides its low price, the Nissan Versa Note hatchback has few noteworthy virtues other than shuttling people from Point A to Point B.

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The Nissan Versa Note is among the most affordable vehicles sold in America, even though it's not the most appealing. Those primarily concerned with saving money and simply getting from point A to point B will appreciate its comfortable ride quality and frugal fuel economy. The handsome hatchback also looks much better than the bland Nissan Versa sedan. So there's that. Although the Versa Note is a verified bargain, so are competitors that have more desirable features and better quality. The Nissan's slow-poke engine and poor handling don't improve its case, either. Still, it will satisfy value-minded people who merely want to spend as little as possible on transportation.

What’s New for 2018?

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For 2018, the Versa Note lineup no longer includes the previously top-of-the-line SL model. Its demise also means exclusive features such as heated front seats and navigation are no longer available. Otherwise, the only notable updates are a 7.0-inch touchscreen and backup camera that became standard on all models beginning in spring 2018. Of lesser note, the base S Plus trim is now known simply as the S, and the top-tier SR version adds standard passive-entry and push-button start. Last year, Nissan dropped the Versa Note's manual transmission and revised its front-end styling (along with some small interior improvements).

Trims and Options We’d Choose

The Versa Note starts at $16,495, which is $3490 more than the sedan version. Sure, the hatchback looks much better, but that hardly justifies the price difference. Those who prefer its bigger back seat must sacrifice the regular Versa's superior carry-on luggage capacity. Also-unlike the sedan-the Versa Note is not the cheapest option among similar rivals. The hatchback versions of the Kia Rio and the Ford Fiesta are less expensive, better equipped, and more enjoyable to drive. Those dead set on the Versa Note shouldn't punish themselves with the base model, since another $900 buys the mid-level SV. It adds basic new-car niceties such as cruise control, remote keyless entry and power windows and door locks. The SV also includes an adjustable load floor in the cargo area for extra versatility. Every Versa Note also has:

• 109-hp four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission
• 7.0-inch touchscreen with a USB port
• Air conditioning

We'd also choose the dealer-installed 4G LTE mobile hotspot for $450, but don't forget it requires a monthly subscription. All told, our suggested Versa Note lists for $17,845.

Base Price Comparison

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• 2018 Nissan Versa Note – Overview and Pricing
Engine and Transmission
Fuel Economy and Driving Range
Performance and Driving Impressions
Exterior Design and Dimensions
Audio and Infotainment
Interior and Passenger Space
Cargo Space and Storage

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