Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays calls Nissan's redesigned hatchback "basic, affordable transportation." Its loud powertrain and cut-rate-looking interior do not impress, but its price tag does. Mays says bargain shoppers will find this "blue-light special" irresistible.
Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman got behind the wheel of the track-ready 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport and burned rubber straight to the No. 1 spot on this week's list of most-watched videos. Get Bragman's impressions as he takes a few turns in a Caddy that hauls more than grandpa's golf clubs. Also debuting this week is Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder's lukewarm assessment of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, clattering into the No. 3 spot. Check out what else was popular:1. 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport
Although Nissan's hatchback is compact, there's nothing small about its backseat. The Versa Note was redesigned for 2014, and accessible Latch anchors, a flat seat cushion and loads of legroom made it easy to install our child-safety seats into it. In fact, it earned high marks across all areas of testing in our Car Seat Check.
For those who missed the hatchback after it disappeared during Nissan Versa's 2013 redesign, it's back. Now called the Versa Note, Nissan improves on the sedan version's bland looks, but its value for bargain shoppers remains constant, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. This sub-$15,000 car is plenty roomy for front and rear occupants and zippy enough to get into the highway groove. Some chintzy interior materials and unimpressive cargo space disappoint, but not nearly enough to sour the overall harmony of the fun, practical Versa Note. Watch the video above.Related
Nissan is recalling nearly 13,000 model-year 2014 Versa Note subcompact hatchbacks due to weak, loose or missing bolts that could result in injury to backseat passengers or reduced crash performance, the Detroit News reported.
The affected vehicles were manufactured before July 5 in Mexico and distributed mainly in North America, according to the newspaper. Bolts holding the rear seatback latches may not be strong enough, increasing the risk of injury for backseat passengers in a crash. Other bolts securing the body to the undercarriage may not have been tightened enough, or they could be missing in some cases, weakening the car's rear-crash performance; Nissan stated that it is unaware of injuries or accidents related to the bolt issue.
Nissan will notify owners starting in mid-August, and dealers will check the bolts and fix or replace them for free, the newspaper reported. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.Related
The redesigned-for-2014 Nissan Versa Note is set to hit dealerships this month at a nearly 5% discount from the outgoing model, the automaker announced. The new Versa hatchback will start at $14,780 (including a $790 destination charge); that's $680 less than its predecessor. It joins the second-generation Versa sedan in the lineup.
All three Versa trim levels — S, S Plus and SV — have a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The Versa Note S comes with a standard five-speed automatic transmission and starts at $14,780; the S Plus, which adds a continuously variable automatic transmission, starts at $16,030; and the SV, which also has a CVT, starts at $16,780. Fuel economy for CVT-equipped models is 31/40 mpg city/highway.
Available features for 2014 include:
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.
With a starting price of $10,990, the 2012 Nissan Versa sedan is the most affordable new car on the market. Its low price point could have parents eyeing it for their teen drivers, but it can work for families with kids in child-safety seats. The five-seat sedan was redesigned for 2012, and it has ample room in the backseat, but installation wasn't trouble-free. Research the 2012 Versa here.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.
Nissan has tweaked the look of the Nissan Versa sedan and hatchback for the 2010 model year, but it hasn’t changed the price much at all. The base sedan remains $9,990 before a $720 destination charge. All sedans see their prices carryover from 2009 while the hatchbacks get a $40 bump.
There isn’t much new content in most trim levels, but if you move up to the top-of-the-line SL — $16,100 and $16,530 for the sedan and hatchback, respectively — they now come with standard stability and traction controls as well as an iPod interface. The SL also features a different sports bodykit standard for 2010.
The SL comes with a new 5-inch integrated navigation system, which is just $610. While the 2010 Versa is hitting dealers now, the navigation package won’t be available until 2010.
Full pricing can be found below along with option packages.
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