2014 Nissan Versa Note at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show
- Competes with: Ford Fiesta, Mazda2, Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent
- Looks like: Nothing like a Versa sedan
- Drivetrain: 109-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder; five-speed manual or CVT
- Hits dealerships: Summer
Nissan redesigned the Versa as a budget-conscious sedan for 2012. Journalists seemed to despise it, but buyers snapped it up. The next step for the company is the new Nissan Versa Note, replacing the Versa hatchback. A more premium entry than the basic Versa sedan, the Versa Note is aimed at younger buyers and features a host of connectivity functions as standard equipment. The Versa Note also has more dramatic styling aimed to appeal to a flashier audience.
Underneath the skin, this is still a Versa, however.
Content and value are what the Versa Note is about, not speed. Inside, Nissan has included Bluetooth streaming audio and a 5.8-inch color touch-screen display. It also has a laundry list of available features: NissanConnect with navigation system, Pandora streaming audio capability, satellite radio, push-button start, hands-free phone system with text messaging assistant, a backup camera and Nissan's Around View Monitor, which uses cameras placed around the car to generate a live overhead view of its surroundings on-screen. The Versa Note will also feature the largest cargo capacity of any subcompact, according to the company, and it'll have an adjustable cargo shelf.
Four trim levels will be offered: S, S Plus, SV and the top-of-the-line SL. Starting price for the Versa Note will be $13,990 plus a destination charge (not released yet), or $2,000 more than the Versa sedan's starting price.