What a Difference a Trim Makes: 2015 Nissan Versa Note SR

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The 2015 Nissan Versa Note is a functional car, but it's not often thought of as fun. I knew its hatchback body style would come in handy during my test drive, but I wasn't anticipating anything more than reliable transportation for my family and me.

Related: 2015 Nissan Versa Note Starts at $14,990

I tested a Versa Note SR, the "sporty" model. The higher-level trim doesn't actually boost any performance numbers, but it still made all the difference — it turned a simple means of transportation into something that can be enjoyed from the driver's seat. While the Versa Note starts at $14,990, including a destination fee, my higher-end test car rolled in at a bit more than that. For $19,180, the Versa Note SR had unexpected details like a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and smoked headlights and fog lights, and with the optional SR Convenience Package ($660), my test car had the NissanConnect multimedia system with in-car apps and a 5-inch color screen.

The SR's styling was more exciting than the lower trim levels. It had 16-inch alloy wheels, a mesh grille and a body kit that made the hatchback youthful and fun.

By Carrie Kim | October 6, 2014 | Comments (4)

What's the Most Affordable Car in 2014?

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Shoppers may face legitimate sticker shock when they're shopping for a new car. TV and radio advertisements may lead them to believe that new cars all get at least 35 mpg for less than $15,000, but the price of entry for even a modestly equipped new car is well above that.

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That's why we've taken the cars with the lowest sticker prices and added a dose of reality. A vast majority of buyers never consider buying a car with a manual transmission (often the standard equipment on inexpensive new cars), so right out of the gate the car they're shopping for costs significantly more than they thought it would. Opting for an automatic transmission can cost $1,000 or more.

By David Thomas | July 21, 2014 | Comments (8)

2015 Nissan Versa Note Starts at $14,990

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Just one model year after it arrived, the Nissan Versa Note — a hatchback offshoot of the current-gen Versa sedan that debuted more than three years ago — added a (sort of) tricked-out SR trim for 2015 (pictured above). That brought the trim count to five, and Nissan announced pricing across the board today. The base stick-shift Versa Note S starts at $14,990, while an automatic Versa SL tops the ladder at $18,770. Add in factory options and the price can climb as high as $20,260; all prices include an $810 destination fee.

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That stays about even with the 2014 Versa Note ($14,800 for the stick-shift S to $20,000 for an optioned-out SL, including destination). Bluetooth phone without audio streaming is standard for 2015; audio streaming is optional on the SV/SR and standard on the SL, which slots atop the group. Including an $810 destination charge, pricing is as follows:

By Kelsey Mays | May 28, 2014 | Comments (4)

Bye-Bye Car Wash: Nissan Develops Self-Cleaning Car

If an oven can clean itself, why not a car? That's a question Nissan engineers are working to answer. The automaker is developing a self-cleaning version of the European Note hatchback using a prototype paint that repels mud, rain and everyday road scum.

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According to Nissan, the "super-hydrophobic" and "oleophobic" Ultra-Ever Dry paint creates a protective layer of air between the paint and the environment and stops standing water and spray from adhering to and marking the car's surface.

But don't get out your wallet just yet; the technology is currently being tested only in Europe by engineers at Nissan's Technical Centre; the automaker currently doesn't have production plans for the paint but it's investigating future applications.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 28, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Nissan Versa Photo Gallery (22 Photos)

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Nissan's subcompact car gets a mild refresh for 2015. A restyled grille, larger headlights and new fog-light surrounds accent the Versa's face this year. 

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Standard Bluetooth connectivity joins the Versa's features list for 2015, as do some higher quality materials, which should improve cabin comfort.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears. 

By Jennifer Geiger | April 18, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Nissan Versa: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic, Mitsubishi Mirage

Looks like: A mild revision of the current Versa

Powertrains: 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder; five-speed manual or four-speed automatic (base model only), CVT (all other trim levels)

Hits dealerships: TBD

MSRP: $12,800 including destination

Nissan has updated its Versa subcompact sedan, addressing some of the issues that the press and public have had with the roomy entry-level car while holding the line on its super-low price. The new 2015 Versa will debut at next week's 2014 New York International Auto Show, where it will join the new 2015 Nissan Murano on the show floor.

By Aaron Bragman | April 11, 2014 | Comments (9)

2014 Nissan Versa Note Real-World Cargo Room

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The 2014 Nissan Versa Note offers an unusual amount of interior room compared to its subcompact peers. Rarely does a small hatchback have enough rear-seat legroom and headroom to make a 6-foot-tall adult feel at home in the backseat.

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You may expect equally impressive numbers from the cargo area, but think again. The Versa Note's cargo room isn't as noteworthy as its passenger space with a maximum of only 38.3 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded.

By Joe Bruzek | February 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

Nissan Versa Note SR is Sporty in Looks Only

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The subcompact hatchback segment has a handful of sport-oriented models, but what "sport" means varies greatly by automaker. There's the turbocharged Ford Fiesta ST on the one end, which is a heavily revised version of the Fiesta. Less extreme is the Chevrolet Sonic RS with its suspension and styling changes. Even the current Honda Fit Sport had a revised suspension, but there's no word on the upcoming version.

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Then there's the new Versa Note SR, which adopts different styling inside and out — and some unique wheels — but otherwise it is the same performer as the regular model.

By Mike Hanley | February 7, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Nissan Versa Note SR Photo Gallery (25 Photos)

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A year after its debut, Nissan is rolling out two new trim levels for its Versa Note hatchback. The 2015 Note SR debuted in Chicago today, giving the value-oriented car a bit of a sporty edge.

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The model wears several new exterior styling cues include an altered grille, smoked headlights and fog lights trimmed with black and chrome. In back, the SR gets a new rear spoiler and specific badges. Check out the gallery for more. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 6, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Nissan Versa Note at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

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Competes with: Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit
Looks like: The Versa Note you know, now with a sport-themed SR trim level
Drivetrain: 109-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder with five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission; front-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014

Nissan's value-oriented four-door hatchback gains two new trim levels for the 2015 model year: the performance-themed SR, which makes its debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, and a top-of-the-line SL version. In addition to the new SR and SL trims, all Versa Notes gain standard Bluetooth connectivity for 2015.

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Pricing hasn't been announced, but expect the new trims to be priced higher than the 2014 Versa Note SV, which starts at $16,800 including destination. The 2015 Versa Note hits dealerships in spring 2014.

By Mike Hanley | February 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

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