The 2014 Nissan Versa Note – Great Value, Best-in Class Features, and Beyond Your Expectations

2014 Nissan Versa Note

If you were standing in the middle of a car lot full of cars all from within a similar segment or class, one car that would stand out would be the 2014 Nissan Versa Note. It is completely different from any other model in the long line of Nissan Versas. Completely, redesigned for the 2014 model year—yes, the Note would warrant a second glance.

Design

Nissan repeatedly refers to the design and styling of the new 2014 Nissan Versa Note as “energetic”, which is an appropriate design aesthetic for a compact car. It’s not enough to just simply say this is a compact, 5-door hatchback with front wheel drive. No—that doesn’t amply describe the Note. Nissan explains, “While sharing its advanced platform and drivetrain with the Versa sedan, Versa Note has its own distinctive look and feel inside and out.”

Looking at the Note, you would notice the sweeping arc and body lines of the car. This is completely intentional. Not only is the body of the Note intentionally aerodynamic, but this unique frame makes the Note stand out in a sea of competitors. Also, the lines of the Note are what Nissan calls the “squash line”. Nissan points out,

 “Along with its steeply sloped front windshield and deeply sculpted doors, Versa Note features a dramatic character line called the ‘squash line.’ Inspired by the international sport of squash, the line follows the trajectory of a squash ball hitting a wall, bouncing on the court floor and returning to the player. This ‘rebound path’ projects the dynamic energy of Versa Note in both look and driving feel.”

Never before has such an allusion been crafted into the design of a Versa. And that’s the just beginning of what makes the Versa Note so extraordinary.

The Important Numbers—Efficiency and Price

Not only is the Nissan Versa Note aerodynamically-designed, but it literally is a more efficient car. Built on the global Nissan V platform, the Versa Note boasts an estimated 300-lb reduction for the 2014 model year! Also, some of the trim levels of the Nissan Versa Note are equipped with a next-generation Nissan Xtronic CVT® transmission. This means that the models equipped with this transmission achieve a coefficient drag that is down 9% from the 2012 Versa hatchback. And… CVT® equipped models include the first-ever Nissan Active Grill Shutter. This little piece of technology limits the amount of air entering the engine compartment, which reduces drag also.

More aerodynamics and less drag both attribute to better fuel economy. Perhaps that’s why the Nissan Versa Note offers some of the best fuel economy. With a class-leading 40 mpg highway (31 mpg city/35 mpg combined), modern drivers can appreciate being able to go farther on the road with less of a hit to their wallet.

Every Versa Note also carries the PUREDRIVE™ badge, which means that the Versa Note meets or exceeds the industry-average US Federal CAFE standards for model year 2016.

Today’s drivers are not only concerned about gas prices, but also car prices. Again, with the Nissan Versa Note, drivers will be super surprised to learn just how great the price point is for such a car. As Nissan tells it, “Following the high-value Versa sedan, the new Versa Note also offers more value on all grades than the previous Versa hatchback (model year 2012), beginning with its starting MSRP of $13,990 USD.” That’s a pretty amazing deal for a new, modern car! Of course, there’s some variation to that number depending on how you build your Note—which trim you choose and any packages you decide to include.

Nissan Versa Note Versatility—Trims, Packages, and Technology

Nissan Versa Note Divide-n-HideInside the Nissan Versa Note, drivers won’t be disappointed. There are several features that give the Note an edge over the competition. For example, despite the fact this is a compact hatchback vehicle, the Note offers best-in-class interior volume. Compared to the competition, there’s more headroom and legroom. Nissan adds, “Common industry practice is to compromise either passenger room or cargo space, trading one for the other. Note’s advanced design gives you both, enabling owners to take their passions – and friends and family – anywhere.” Additionally, Nissan points out that with the Divide-N-Hide® Adjustable Floor (adjustable rear load floor), “Lifting up the cargo floor board reveals a hidden area underneath to keep valuables out of sight. When more space is needed for carrying taller or bulkier items, lowering the floor board creates a deeper cargo well. The floor board is designed to stay in the vehicle yet is easily removed if desired. It’s a simple solution to balance the need for a flat load floor or maximum cargo capacity or security.” Ingenious!

The Note offers a piece of technology that is a class-exclusive. Called “Around View® Monitor”, this innovative feature utilizes 4 small superwide-angle cameras mounted on the front, side, and rear areas of the vehicle to give drives a virtual 360-degree view of objects around the car. Also, there are selectable split-screen close-ups of the various views drivers can hone in on for extra sightline help—very cool, right?!

The 2014 Nissan Versa Note is available in a few grade levels—S (manual transmission) , S Plus, and SV (Nissan Xtronic CVT® transmission). What’s the difference you may ask? We’ll give you an at-a-glance breakdown of some of the features of the various Note options.

Nissan Versa Note InteriorVersa Note S features include:

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  • 15″ x 5.5″ steel wheels with wheel covers
  • P185/65HR15 All-season low rolling resistance tires
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
  • 109-hp 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine
  • Dual power outside mirrors
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights
  • Aerodynamic taillights
  • Cloth seating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges
  • AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary audio input and four speakers
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seats

Nissan Versa Note seatingVersa Note S Plus features include:

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  • Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission)
  • 109-hp 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
  • Active grille shutter
  • P185/65HR15 All-season low rolling resistance tires
  • Dual power outside mirrors
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights
  • Aerodynamic taillights
  • Cruise control
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges
  • AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary audio input and four speakers
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seats

Versa Note SV features include:

Nissan Versa Note cabin[source]

  • Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission)
  • 109-hp 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
  • Active grille shutter
  • P185/65HR15 All-season low rolling resistance tires
  • Dual power outside mirrors
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights
  • Aerodynamic taillights
  • Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
  • Integrated Key with Remote Keyless Entry
  • Power windows and door locks
  • 6-way manual driver’s seat with armrest
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Chrome interior trim accents

Four equipment optional packages are offered: SV Convenience Package, SL Package, SL Tech Package and Sport Value Package. The SV Convenience Package includes wide 2-DIN Display Audio with AM/FM/CD/iPod®/Aux 4.3-inch display, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), USB input w/iPod® control, RearView Monitor, rear seat armrest with cupholders and Divide-N-Hide® Adjustable Floor. The SL Package includes the SV Convenience Package equipment, plus 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, 195/55R16 tires, front fog lights, variable intermittent front wipers, heated front seats, Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, Easy Fill Tire Alert and SL badge (replaces SV badge).

The SL Tech Package includes NissanConnectSM with Navigation with 5.8-inch color touch-screen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation, NavTraffic and NavWeather, POIs powered by Google®, Google® Send-to-Car, Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, Around View® Monitor and heated sideview mirrors. The Sport Value Package includes 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. [source]

Safety

As you can tell, the new Note is well-equipped when it comes to comfort and technology options. But safety is in the forefront of Nissan’s concerns as well. That’s why Nissan has been sure to include, standard safety and security systems such as “the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) (includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags), front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with available Easy-Fill Tire Alert.”

Who Should Drive the Nissan Versa Note?

Nissan Versa Note easy parkingMany of our customers hail from the Washington D.C. metro area. Let’s face it—city life ain’t cheap. Thankfully, the Versa Note is not offers an amazing price for a brand new car, but it’s compactness, along with the available Around View® Monitor, make city parking or worse, parallel parking, a more manageable part of city life. And don’t forget, it also boasts 31mpg city. Usually, city driving can take a terrible toll on one’s gas mileage. But the Nissan Versa Note is meant to handle it!

Also, the 2014 Nissan Versa Note is ideal for first-time car buyers. It offers a wealth of amenities that provide convenience and versatility for the many stages of life, so this is a car you won’t be sorry to have around for a while. It’s compact nature isn’t too daunting a some SUVs, either.

The Note is certainly targeted towards those drivers with active lifestyle, which makes it great for young drivers as well. We’ve already pointed out the safety features included with the Note. And of course, taking on an extra car payment by purchasing a Note won’t exactly break the bank. Kelley Blue Book, one of the leading voices in the automotive industry, even included the 2014 Nissan Versa Note in the #1 spot in their list of 10 Best Back-to-School Cars 2013.

Yes, we think there’s a lot of admire in this all-new and groundbreaking Nissan Versa Note. If you think you’d like to come down and check it out for yourself, why not schedule a test drive? We’d love to help you find the car that’s right for you!

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*images courtesy of Nissan