By on February 7, 2013

Another Detroit début languishing at the back of a booth is the 2014 Nissan Versa Note. Nissan’s discount hatch, which replaces the Nissan Versa sans-note is still singing the discount tune undercutting both the Honda Fit and the Fiesta.For hatch back duty Nissan fitted the Versa with a new nose that looks a bit less premium than the sedan. Click through the jump for more.

Pricing has been announced for Nissan’s small 5-door and it starts at $14,000 plus a $780 destination fee which is a far cry from the sedan’s starting point of $11,990 but about $700 cheaper than the current Versa hatch. The only engine offered is the same 1.6L four cylinder 109HP engine from the Versa sedan mated to the same standard 5-speed manual transmission or Nissan’s latest CVT which incorporates a 2-speed gear set to increase the ratio spread.

Lips were tight at Nissan about bringing the supercharged 1.2L three cylinder engine from Europe or the 1.5L turbo diesel. Overall equipment levels are higher than Versa sedan, so if you’re looking for the cheapest ride from Nissan it’ll have four doors, not five. Nissan has announced the Note will be capable of 40MPGs on the highway with an undisclosed but likely lofty city figure.

Nissan hasn’t refreshed the Versa interior for the note, although there are different fabric choices available. Overall the Versa cabin is full of hard plastics, but I have always held that it is totally appropriate for the low price point. Helping those who are parking-challanged Nissan is now offering their cheapest all-around monitor system from the Infiniti product line. Also on offer is Nissan;’s new app-enabled navigation system based on the systems found in the Sentra and Altima.


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23 Comments on “Chicago Auto Show: 2014 Nissan Versa Note...”

  • avatar

    Just rented the versa sedan and was impressed. The transmission shifted well and that has been a concern of mine. Will have to search and see how they are lasting now. Daily driver is the same platform with the six speed manual (cube) and this should be a great running little car. Are you sure this versa is a five speed and not a six. That’s a step backwards.

    • 0 avatar

      This Versa has nothing to do with the Versa sedan I thinjk. The “real” Versa hatch would be the Nissan March/Micra that makes it up North as far as Mexico. This seems like a facelift on the current (?) US Versa that was known as Tiida in other markets.

      • 0 avatar
        Thomas Kreutzer

        They actually have the Note in Japan and, I’m not sure but I don’t think it is a subversion of any other model.

        I’ve been thinking about when I rented one and realized I had a Note for several weeks while my Golf was in the shop. It really was a slick little car, totally practical, made to a price point but underpinned by a decent engine and chassis. If In was looking for a good, inexpensive commuter, this would be hard to beat.

  • avatar
    Thomas Kreutzer

    I drove one of these a few times when I lived in Japan and it was an impressive little car. It may have been a previous model but it looks close to this. It was plain and functional inside with cloth seats and rubbery soft and hard plastic surfaces, but surprisingly roomy for such a small car. It drove out well and did good on local streets and the expressway. I liked it.

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    I never use the bogus “outdated” moniker, and find the generic hate of the commentariat senseless, but Fit does need a refresh if it is to compete with cars like this. Possibly Spark, too. And the price of this note-thing is amazing, too.

    • 0 avatar

      I don’t see the Fit competing with this or the focus/fiesta. It’s not a small hatch that has folding seats – it’s a remarkable tiny minivan.

      for example, most cars are happy if their seats fold flat. In the fit the back of the folded seat is 4-5″ lower than its cushion in the unfolded state.

      Just finished a long-ish road trip in one and it seems to be very modern fun companion; quick, comfortable, great handling, great fuel efficiency . It’s styling has never had much to do with anything else out there ,so I don’t see it can be viewed as outdated. (though it seems to be a meme on this site.).

      • 0 avatar

        It’s not the exterior styling that they’re referring to, it’s the old drivetrain and interior. I’d still buy one, but I’m not picky about interior, look at Fiesta and Cruze and it’s clearly lagging for its price.

        It’s a great car, but the interior and MPG is not up snuff anymore.

  • avatar

    My neighbors are a 2 car family of California PERS returnees. In 5 years I have watched the wife cycle between a Camry, the Highlander, then Highlander Hybrid, and now a Prius V. Wheezing coronary husband drives a Versa sedan. His take, “I can see out of it, I can get in and out of it, it has enough get up and go in town, and it has been easy on gas.” his only complaint, that “George Jetson rubber-band transmission (CVT) feels like it was tuned with orthodontic bands..” but “hasn’t crapped out after 90,000 miles of benign neglect maintenance.” his idea of maintenance has been change the oil frequently and make sure “those idiots at ____lube don’t put Dextron in that CVT!”

  • avatar

    Funny that “Note” in Versa Note says Versa-tility.
    Great package, though. It’s just 2.4 inches longer than a Chevrolet Sonic hatch.

    • 0 avatar

      If the sonic hatch had another 2-3 inches of trunk depth, and something resembling a rebate was offered, I’d be driving a Sonic hatch turbo right now rather than a 2013 Ford Focus hatch.

  • avatar

    This looks a lot less goofy than the Spark, and the rear end styling should be used on the Leaf – definitely easier on the eyes, and more space-efficient.
    Looks like it could use a better way to stow the rear head restraints so that the front seats don’t have to be pushed way forward.

    Cute car, and the CVT should guarantee good city mileage.

  • avatar

    I saw this at the NAIAS, and really liked it. I wasn’t alone, as it appeared to have attracted a lot of attention from others who were climbing in it and taking photos.

  • avatar

    Still not as handsome as the JDM Tiida, but a very worthy improvement over the old monstrosity, which outside of its appearance was a decent car. I hate the old internet auto exec cliche, but if they make this with a diesel + stickshift, I would definitely consider committing!!! Would make sense for me as I plan to live in a mountainous area and will need the extra torque + altitude compensating boost.

  • avatar

    Wonder why it’s got a completely different dashboard than the ROW Note?

  • avatar

    I see that it, like the latest 3-Series, suffers from a lobotomy scar. Other than that it looks okay.

  • avatar

    Following the same pricing strategy as the Fiesta, base sedan significantly cheaper than the lowest available trim hatchback.

  • avatar

    Hey, it’s a Renault Clio with Nissan badges.

  • avatar

    The seats fold flat. Finally.

  • avatar

    I don’t think the design will age well. The lights and fenders/bumpers front and rear are too bulbous.

    There’s more room in the back than I was expecting though. I’d probably prefer to sit back there than be near the dreadful dashboard.

  • avatar

    I think it’s a very different and unique modal in Nissan, and its looking really premium than the sedan. I think overall its best than the SEDAN.

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