2014 Nissan Versa Note
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beware of the Versa

by from Stamford, CT on December 28, 2013

I have had my 2014 Versa Note for less than 3 months. I have less than a 1,000 miles on it. Yesterday I noticed that the car is leaking a significant amount of motor oil. The dealership says I have to...
I have had my 2014 Versa Note for less than 3 months. I have less than a 1,000 miles on it. Yesterday I noticed that the car is leaking a significant amount of motor oil. The dealership says I have to wait 6 days for an appointment to bring the car in. I brought the car to my old mechanic who diagnosed the problem, said it would take an hour to fix it but he recommended I let the dealership see this fiasco and let them fix it under warranty. He also warned me that this is extremely unusual and may be an omen of more bad things to come. Other than this oil leak and the loser dealership, I am not impressed with the car. The mileage I am getting is a measly 26 mpg. The ride and power is like a bumper car at an amusement park. Reliability and workmanship is zero.
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2014 Nissa Versa Note

by from Hartford CT on September 1, 2014

Great gas mileage and surprisingly comfortable interior with ample leg and head room. Ideal commuting car. Pleasure to drive.
Great gas mileage and surprisingly comfortable interior with ample leg and head room. Ideal commuting car. Pleasure to drive.
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Tiana James Versa Note

by from Reading, Pa on December 27, 2014

Its an amazing car. It drives nice. its very spacious for such a small car. And amazing gas mileage!
Its an amazing car. It drives nice. its very spacious for such a small car. And amazing gas mileage!
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