Nissan Versa takes note on value

2013-08-03T15:58:00Z Nissan Versa takes note on valueJim Jackson Times Auto Correspondent
August 03, 2013 3:58 pm  • 

Nissan Versa rekindles hatchback styling, and this time on a new note.

Last seen in 2012, Nissan turns the page to next-generation hatchback versatility with the crisp design of the five-door 2014 Nissan Versa Note.

Note joins the Versa four-door sedan as the Japanese automaker’s entry-level passenger cars priced under $14,000.

“Nissan Versa Note is a great value,” says Zack Scott, general sales manager for Bob Rohrman Nissan in Burns Harbor. “We’ve had buyers range from retirees to college students. Young families with one or two small children find the hatchback model especially functional.”

Versa Note comes in three budget-pleasing models fueled by a sole 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that musters 109 horsepower to yield 40 miles per gallon/highway on the Versa Note S mated to a 5-speed manual transmission for $13,990.

The Note S-Plus with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is priced at $15,240 followed by an up-level SV model with CVT for $15,990.

Nissan Note SV is available with a selection of option packages that range in price and content to bring a fully loaded Note SV under $20,000.

Large room comes standard with the 2014 Nissan Versa Note topping its competition with greater front seat headroom, best-in-class rear seat legroom and more cargo volume.

Note’s rear passenger quarters are superb with the likes of midsize car head, knee and legroom to comfortably seat two 6-foot, 2-inch tall adult riders without the front seats moved forward.

Cloth seats (only) offer cushy support for trips across town or cross-country. Front heated seats are available on the SV model.

Need room for gear? Versa takes Note with 60/40 split-rear seats that fold flat coupled to a Divide and Hide adjustable cargo bay floor that makes over 21 cubic feet of carrying capacity.

The flexible floor shields small flat items from view providing secure sub-level storage for tables or laptop computers.

Fore and aft armrests, dual seat back storage pockets and six cup holders add to the convenience. Note’s elbow deep glove box easily holds a woman’s purse.

Up front, the driver enjoys enhanced visibility with small trapezoid side windows that bookend the windshield pillars to reduce front-side blind spots.

Dashboard switch gear is equally straight forward with use of simple rotary dials and large buttons that operate at-a-glance.

Bluetooth, audio and cruise control functions are mounted on the steering wheel.

Versa Note is nimble, easily parked and fun to drive. However, with 109-horsepower, passing takes planning to execute when loaded with a full compliment of passengers.

The 2014 Nissan Versa Note marks high mileage, exceptional interior room and extraordinary bottom-line value for consumers creating their new car shopping lists.

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