2014 Nissan Versa Note Consumer Reviews

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2014 Nissan Versa Note
4.2
Average based on 39 reviews
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Good value, love the gas mileage

by from Annapolis, Maryland on July 29, 2013

I have owned Toyotas for my last several vehicles and had great experiences with each of them. I looked for a used Toyota that would fit within my budget (around $10,000)for several months. The used c...
I have owned Toyotas for my last several vehicles and had great experiences with each of them. I looked for a used Toyota that would fit within my budget (around $10,000)for several months. The used car market was just too hot. I decided to look at less expensive new cars. The new toyotas were too much. I came across the Nissan Versa and figured I could get into it for not a whole bunch more than the $10,000. Purchased a 2014 Versa Note SV. I have only had it one month. I am 6' 2" and fit in it comfortably. There is more room in the back seats than I expected. More headroom in the hatchback than the sedan. Gas mileage is great. On a 1,000 mile trip it averaged over 40 mpg. Just driving normally about 50% highway I am averaging 37 mpg. There is not a lot of power. For me that is ok and I accept the tradeoff for the mileage. The continuous variable transmission takes some getting used to. If the Versa has the longevity of Toyota, this is going to be a great vehicle.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Exceeds expectations for a non-luxury subcompact.

by from Los Angeles on May 1, 2014

Owned the car for only the first 1000 miles. When I bought the car, I took well into consideration that I was buying a non-luxury subcompact which meant responsiveness, speed, passenger space, interi...
Owned the car for only the first 1000 miles. When I bought the car, I took well into consideration that I was buying a non-luxury subcompact which meant responsiveness, speed, passenger space, interior design and some styling would have to take a back seat for price. From the outside it looks like a sub compact wagon. Based on the styling looks like it cost more than $17000, I'll tell you that much. Knowing how a CVT engine works and knowing you have a CVT engine and having tried driving earlier CVT engine cars, the responsiveness of the Nissan Versa Note's 1.6 liter/4 Cylinder engine is OK to GOOD. Did 0 to 60 in 18 seconds but I didn't buy it to race around and if it did drive like a race car I'd be afraid I'd ending abusing it and pay more in powertrain maintenance. It is after all a subcompact with 15" tires so I expected rough terrain and wind drag to wobble it around but it faired well thanks in large part due to the stability bars and assisted power steering which adjust the stiffness of moving the steering around in accordance with the speed you're going (steering gets to become nimbler in side streets). Though I don't know why and when anyone would need the around-view monitor (4 cameras to assist one in parking) as goose necking to look around through the windows, rear and side mirrors for me to see around such a small shell to maneuver in was more than enough to see what I need to avoid hitting. The interior IS plastic, no piano blacking anywhere to be found. But they did shave off 300 lbs from the previous model to add to the overall fuel efficiency and glad they didn't decide to take it off from the metal frame protecting the car. The leather steering, 6 way adjustable bucket seats are a great plus. Making it further feel like you're not in a non-luxury subcompact. Could use more storage space though. All in all I think the Nissan Versa Note exceeded expectations for a non-luxury subcompact and I keep saying this because some people might compare it to the compact sedans which is not fair to the market segment it's trying to cater to but if folks don't notice the difference between this car and a compact sedan that they'd complain about it as if they got a compact sedan (complain about speed, trim, etc.) then it did an exceedingly good job.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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My little run about

by from West Michigan on May 15, 2014

A few weeks ago I purchased the Nissan Versa Note. I was looking for a vehicle that would be economical to run, functional for my life style, good for the environment and be my car/truck/camper all ro...
A few weeks ago I purchased the Nissan Versa Note. I was looking for a vehicle that would be economical to run, functional for my life style, good for the environment and be my car/truck/camper all rolled into one. The Versa note seemed to match all of the above. It has a tight turning ability for running errands around the city. I can put my bike in the back without taking it apart and pick up an antique here and there. Heading out to the Blue Ridge mountains in a few days for the first road trip. Nissan has pitched this vehicle to the college age individuals but I think it is a great vehicle for the individuals on the other end of the age spectrum like we retired grandmas who don't let the grass grow under our feet. I call this car my little run-about. By the way, I added a spoiler and splash guards along with the divide'n hide floor plus the cargo cover just to jazz it up a little. :)
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

Does recommend this car

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You cannot go wrong with this car

by from Essex, N.Y. on November 7, 2014

If you are seeking a good small hatch with incredible gas mileage, which looks good, has tons of room, and is a joy to drive, this car may be the choice for you. I have owned and rented many small car...
If you are seeking a good small hatch with incredible gas mileage, which looks good, has tons of room, and is a joy to drive, this car may be the choice for you. I have owned and rented many small cars over 50 years and this one may be the best yet. Get the SV trim by all means, and recommend the 15" (not 16") alloy rims which are worth the extra price for a number of reasons. For a small car, ride is quite good, and it is also quiet for its class. The design is to my liking because of the height which assists egress and ingress and helps the view. Driver's 6 way adjustable seat could use an inch or so more up vertical adjustment even for me at 6'2", so I have to use a seat cushion. The steering wheel (supposedly leather--or faux leather--wrapped was too thin and hard for me so added an aftermarket wheel cover which (with the cushion) improves the driver's comfort. The biggest deal with this car is the gas mileage. Have driven 5100 miles since purchase end of April 2014 and average 40 plus mpg carefully checked pumped to pump (don't use the dash "avg. mpg" for the final tally as it is 2-3 mpg "optimistic"). Driving conditions were very mixed with lots of hills and a few mountains (we live in the Adirondack Park area of NY State) with two aboard about half of the time. Some small city driving but rest is secondary roads between small towns plus some highway driving. Car is whisper quiet at idle and up to 2000 rpm which is most of the driving time. Car will take most hills at 3000 rpm or less with modest engine noise and goes up like a billy goat. Love that CVT! The back up screen display could be brighter for outside in sun. That's about it. Very much recommend this buggy unless you are a speed demon driver. But if you want ease, comfort, frugality, roominess and general practicality (plus a very good highway/trip car for class) take a close look at this one. I think you will be glad you did. P,S, I changed to Mobil 1 0W30 low friction motor oil around 3500 miles, and it improved mileage even more, so recommend doing that.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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First Time Car Owner

by from North Delta, BC on April 15, 2015

As the first big purchase of my adulthood, this was the best thing I could have invested in. It's great on gas, lots of storage, rear-view monitor and aux hook ups for my iphone, usb port and cd. A ...
As the first big purchase of my adulthood, this was the best thing I could have invested in. It's great on gas, lots of storage, rear-view monitor and aux hook ups for my iphone, usb port and cd. A nice part of the seats is that they fold down, I can fit my two bikes in the back, and the strorage in hatch for my chairs, shoes and misc. items; all hidden :) It is nice and big in the back seats, fits 3 comfortably (my saleman was 6 feet and he still had room!) If you are looking for a relaible vehicle, one that has some nice features, this is for sure the car to buy!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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First new car, should have did my research

by from Odenton, MD on June 18, 2015

So this is my first brand new car. And i should have done my research or shopped around. The sporty look of the model I purchased and the supposed 40 MPG HWY was a draw and it doesn't live up to my ex...
So this is my first brand new car. And i should have done my research or shopped around. The sporty look of the model I purchased and the supposed 40 MPG HWY was a draw and it doesn't live up to my expectations. The interior is all plastic with a milk bottle like texture. 35mpg is a closer average despite what the meter states (although I am doing around 60 mph on the hwy). It's terribly underpowered compared to cars in it's class. It's saving grace is the super roomy interior. My Great Dane fits and that was the winning argument. It looks good although a bit noisy on the road. The handling could use some stiffining and some power would be nice. beefier brakes as you really have a long stopping distance. But the fact that $18 fills it up for a week makes up for the lack of everything else.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Horrid Milage for the rating

by from Kalamazoo, MI on March 25, 2014

I've had my Versa Note since Oct of 13. I expected at least 37 miles to the gallon highway. I often do full tanks on the highway and am generally a gentle driver, the best I've gotten is 32. The ride ...
I've had my Versa Note since Oct of 13. I expected at least 37 miles to the gallon highway. I often do full tanks on the highway and am generally a gentle driver, the best I've gotten is 32. The ride is quite bad on rough roads, especially on concrete over the expansion cracks. I was told by the dealership that the fuel would get better after it was broken in. I expected break in to last about 500 miles, I allowed it to go through the first oil change at 5K. Still bad mileage and a rough ride but I've now got over 10K miles on it. As a software engineer that's worked in automotive I'm particularly offended by the computer's inability to calculate mileage. Miles covered/gallons in = fuel usage. The car always tells me several miles/gallon more than I'm actually getting. It says my average is more than 2 miles per gallon better than I've gotten. Ever. My last car had 200000 miles on it and was rated for 7/gallon less, but got nearly the same! The purpose of this car was to save some money on fuel while improving my ride. For my purposes this has been a total fail.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Great Styling & Value in a "big" little car!

by from Desert Hot Springs, CA on April 5, 2014

My Partner and I purchased our 2014 Nissan Versa Note back in December as a commuter car to drive to work. We are so happy with this American version of the Note. We got a great deal on it as this SV ...
My Partner and I purchased our 2014 Nissan Versa Note back in December as a commuter car to drive to work. We are so happy with this American version of the Note. We got a great deal on it as this SV model has many extras that we didn't have to pay through the nose for (Power package, 15" alloy sport wheels, mud guards & rear roof spoiler). It drives and handles well, is fun to drive and as far as the noise from the CVT? Can't even hear it with the stereo on! I am attaing the reported 40mpg on the highway. Driving around town, an approx 33-35mpg! All without paying the ridiculous price of a hybrid. It is a no-brainer, people!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

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Solid Commuter Car

by from Temple, TX on July 11, 2014

First, I drove my daughter's Versa and liked the pick-up and maneuverability. So when I needed to find a more fuel-efficient car for my 42 mile commute I immediately went to the 2014 Versa Note which ...
First, I drove my daughter's Versa and liked the pick-up and maneuverability. So when I needed to find a more fuel-efficient car for my 42 mile commute I immediately went to the 2014 Versa Note which was proclaiming 40mpg highway for a very reasonable price. The hatchback Note is way cuter than the sedan version, and I love the metallic blue. So how is it driving now that I've owned it for 3 weeks? Here's the deal. The first week I drove it like normal and only got 30mpg. What the heck? Then I clued in on the dash display feature that shows real time moment-to-moment miles per gallon and realized that the car drives at it's most efficient at 55-65 mph. This can be problematic when the speed limit is 70, but actually when I get in behind a slow semi and cruise all the way to work I get the 40mpg advertised. So I've changed the way I drive, slower, coasting whenever possible, slow and steady starts, and I'm thrilled with the savings at the gas pump. If I'm careful, this car will pay for itself in gas savings over my old sedan getting 23mpg in no time. Overall, the driver's seat fits me well, the inside cabin is NOT cramped, the back seat is incredibly roomy for adult passengers (sacrificing storage area in the back but there's enough for me), and there's enough zip and pick-up so that I don't worry about being able to get on the freeway. I'm really happy about my purchase, though I could see how this wouldn't be a good fit for everyone. Especially for people who need to drive a little over the speed limit.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Driver's seat uncomfortable

by from Honolulu, HI on February 13, 2015

If you have long legs, the knob under the radio juts out into your left leg. And I don't like the rear drum brakes. OK car, but just ok. I should have spent a lttle more and gotten a Mazda 3 hatchback...
If you have long legs, the knob under the radio juts out into your left leg. And I don't like the rear drum brakes. OK car, but just ok. I should have spent a lttle more and gotten a Mazda 3 hatchback.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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