By Kelsey Mays on May 28, 2014
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.
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:
The S is the only trim with a manual transmission; all others have a standard automatic. The SV, SR and SL have economy-car conveniences like power windows, door locks, cruise control and keyless entry. All five offer various options, including a Tech Package ($790) on the SL that adds Nissan's Around View Monitor cameras, heated side mirrors and a 5.8-inch navigation system that works with various smartphone-streamed apps. Still, leather (or leatherette) seats and a sunroof — features available in the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic and 2015 Honda Fit — aren't available in the Versa Note.
Naturally, all three competitors start at more than $15,500 and can exceed $21,000 with top trims and factory options. The Versa Note's other shoe drops in terms of quality and drivability, but hatchback shoppers should find plenty of value. A Mitsubishi Mirage is even cheaper — with more standard features to boot — but it sacrifices a lot to get you there.
It looks like shoppers prefer Nissan's approach. Sales for the Versa topped 45,000 cars through April 2014, according to Automotive News. That leads the subcompact segment by quite a bit; the next-highest Sonic found 31,888 buyers during the same period. Nissan doesn't break out sales between the Versa sedan and Versa Note, but the latter accounts for six in 10 Versas available in Cars.com new-car inventory — so it looks like the Note has been the, uh, key to nameplate's popularity.
Cars.com photo by Evan Sears
Senior Consumer Affairs Editor Kelsey Mays likes quality, reliability, safety and practicality. But he also likes a fair price. Email Kelsey