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2014 Nissan Versa Note SV

GAYOT Rating

Pint Size 5-Door Hatchback

A three-quarter front view of the 2014 Nissan Versa Note SV
In short: A versatile and value-oriented 5-door hatchback.

2014 Nissan Versa Note SV Review

Hatchbacks have never been a favorite automobile category in the U.S. but Nissan decided to add to the mix by producing this hip, spacious subcompact hatchback. It is cheap and offers value, but do we like it?

The concept of monospace is great; think Renault Twingo, a long-established cousin of the Versa Note, in a way. What you get is a small car on the outside but a lot of space inside, with variable utility due to the sliding and split folding rear seats. No design or performance awards are going to be bestowed on the Nissan Versa Note but those are not the contests it entered; rather, it competes on function and savings. Although our fully-equipped SL trim level metallic blue tester was priced much higher than the base car advertised on the Nissan site at $13,990. At this level, you get most expected creature comforts and convenience with a decent-looking car: 16 inch aluminum-alloy wheels with eight spoke design, fog lights, heated front seats, SiriusXM satellite radio operated from the 5.8 inch color display with navigation, et al. Everyday techno-geeks will be happy with the Google Send-to-Car compatibility, Pandora Radio, streaming audio via Bluetooth and hands-free text messaging assistant. You’ll even get Around View Monitor to help you get in and out of tight spots. So go ahead, be hip, safe and thrifty and board the able Versa Note.

The Nissan Versa Note SV 5-door hatchback is an excellent option for budget-oriented, young, city-dwelling families. But we think there are many more fun ones albeit in higher price ranges.

Warranty/Service: 3-years/36,000-mile new vehicle warranty

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Make: Nissan, Vehicle Type: Hatchback

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Base Price: $15,990 / As Tested: $19,545

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 5-door hatchback

Engine: 1.6-liter inline-4 with direct injection
Horsepower: 109 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 107 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: continuously variable transmission

Curb weight: 2,5 lbs
Wheelbase: 102.4 in
Length/Width/Height: 163.7 / 66.7 / 60.5 in
Turning circle: n/a

vented front disc brakes; rear drum brakes; ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: independent strut front; torsion beam rear

Traction: Vehicle Dynamic Control with traction control

0-60 mph: 10.4 seconds
60-0 mph: 127 ft
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 31 mpg
EPA Highway: 40 mpg
Combined MPG: 35 mpg

Seating Capacity: 5
Safety: dual-stage front airbags; driver and front passenger side airbags; front and rear head curtain side airbags

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