2014 Nissan Versa Note

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What's New for 2014:
  • Replaces Versa Hatchback
  • S, S Plus, SV trim levels
  • 40 mpg on the highway
  • Available NissanConnect infotainment system
  • Available AroundView monitor system
  • Available Nissan Intelligent Key system

The new 2014 Nissan Versa Note is an entry-level 5-door hatchback based on the automaker's globally sold Note model. It replaces the previous Versa Hatchback model in the lineup, and competes against models such as the Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Mazda 2, Mitsubishi Mirage, and Toyota Yaris.

Models and Features
Nissan offers the Versa Note in S, S Plus, and SV trim levels. Standard equipment includes cloth seats, air conditioning, power exterior mirrors, electroluminescent gauges, trip computer, tilt steering wheel, 4-speaker stereo with a CD player and an auxiliary audio input jack, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and low-rolling resistance tires mounted to 15-inch steel wheels with plastic wheel covers. A 5-speed manual transmission is the only choice for the Versa Note S.

A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard for the Versa Note S Plus, which is also equipped with cruise control and active grille shutters to improve fuel economy.

The Versa Note SV comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, height-adjustable driver's seat, front center armrest, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and improved interior materials.

Options and Packages
The Versa Note S and Versa Note S Plus can be optioned with 15-inch aluminum wheels, rear roof spoiler, chrome exterior trim, splash guards, and a rear bumper protector. Interior upgrades include floor and cargo mats, cargo cover, auto-dimming rearview mirror with a compass, universal garage door opener, ambient cabin lighting, and illuminated doorsill kick plates.

Wheat Stone cloth is available for the Versa Note SV, and, in addition to many of the options listed above, the SV trim level is offered with a choice between a Convenience package and an SL package.

The Convenience package adds a rear-seat center armrest with cupholders, Divide-N-Hide adjustable cargo floor, and an upgraded audio system with a 4.3-inch display, reversing camera, USB port, satellite radio, and MP3/WMA playback capability. The SL package includes these features plus Nissan Intelligent Key passive entry with push-button ignition, heated front seats, variable intermittent wipers, fog lights, and 16-inch aluminum wheels.

The SL Tech package can be added to the Convenience package or the SL package. It includes an AroundView monitoring system and a NissanConnect infotainment system with a 5.8-inch touch-screen display, navigation, real-time traffic and weather, voice-recognition capability, hands-free text messaging assistant, Pandora Internet radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, heated exterior mirrors, and an Easy Fill Tire Alert system.

Under the Hood
A 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for all trim levels of the 2014 Versa Note, paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox in the base S trim level or a CVT in the S Plus and SV trims. This 2,412-pound car is front-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy
The 2014 Versa Note S is rated to get 27 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg in combined driving. Choose the S Plus or the SV, which have the CVT, and fuel-economy ratings improve to 31 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway, and 35 mpg in combined driving.

Safety Ratings and Technology
As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2014 Versa Note.

Safety-related options include a reversing camera, AroundView monitoring system, hands-free text messaging system, and an Easy Fill Tire Alert system that makes it easier to maintain proper tire pressures. All are offered exclusively on the Versa Note SV.


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