2018 Nissan Versa Note

Buyer's Guide

Nissan's entry-level model is noteworthy (see what we did there?) for combining a subcompact price point with an interior roomy enough to earn the car a mid-size classification from Transport Canada.

That points to how flexible such designations can be: Another popular small hatchback, the Honda Fit, is a station wagon according to Canada's motor vehicle regulators. Regardless, like the Fit, the Versa Note packs interior space that seems implausible given its footprint. Nissan does without slick folding rear seats and instead accomplishes that trick with an efficient layout that allows a long wheelbase to provide comfortable seating for four, or five in a pinch.

For 2018, the Versa Note's top trim, the SR, gains passive keyless entry as standard kit, the SL trim is gone and the base model is now the S, which replaces the S Plus of 2017.

Note that the Versa hatch is marketed as distinct from a sedan that's covered in its own buyer's guide entry.

As before, Versa Note is powered by a 1.6L four-cylinder engine that makes 109 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque. S and SV grades come with a five-speed manual transmission that can be optioned to a continuously variable automatic (CVT), while the SR gets the CVT alone.

As those specs suggest, this car does not offer performance worthy of a standing ovation, though that engine moves the Versa Note with surprising eagerness while promising attractive fuel consumption, which is estimated at 7.6/6.2 L/100 km (city/highway) with the automatic transmission.

Air conditioning is standard across the line, as are Bluetooth, power-adjustable and heated side mirrors. However, the S makes do without heated seats, power locks, keyless entry and power windows.

The mid-range SV gets those items, along with cruise control, a backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, hands-free text messaging, a cargo cover with adjustable cargo floor, height-adjustable driver's seat, Bluetooth streaming audio and satellite radio.

SR trim replaces a 5.0-inch infotainment screen with a 5.8-inch display and also adds 16-inch wheels (up from 15s), fog lights, 360-degree camera system, passive keyless entry, suede like seat fabric and a sport steering wheel.

Notable by their absence here are any active safety features or advanced infotainment functionality like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. By contrast, the Honda Fit gets those smartphone integration platforms in its second-from-the-bottom LX trim, while all models with an automatic transmission get radar cruise control, forward collision detection with automatic braking and lane keeping assist. Those are disappointing omissions for Nissan, a company whose vehicles typically represent some of the strongest value for money in any class they compete in.

2018 Nissan Versa Note Specifications

There are 10 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $14,498 MSRP
7.6
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
109 hp @6000 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Hatchback
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
S Manual $14,498 5 Hatchback
S Manual 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
S Manual 163.7" 66.7" 60.5" 102.4"
S Manual
S Manual Cloth Seats
S Manual
S Manual
2018.5 S Manual $14,698 5 Hatchback
2018.5 S Manual 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
2018.5 S Manual 163.7" 66.7" 60.5" 102.4"
2018.5 S Manual
2018.5 S Manual Cloth Seats
2018.5 S Manual
2018.5 S Manual
S CVT $15,798 5 Hatchback
S CVT 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
S CVT 163.7" 66.7" 60.5" 102.4"
S CVT
S CVT Cloth Seats
S CVT
S CVT
2018.5 S CVT $15,998 5 Hatchback
2018.5 S CVT 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
2018.5 S CVT 163.7" 66.7" 60.5" 102.4"
2018.5 S CVT
2018.5 S CVT Cloth Seats
2018.5 S CVT
2018.5 S CVT
SV Manual $16,998 5 Hatchback
SV Manual 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
SV Manual 163.7" 66.7" 60.5" 102.4"
SV Manual
SV Manual Cloth Seats
SV Manual
SV Manual
2018.5 SV Manual $17,098 5 Hatchback
2018.5 SV Manual 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
2018.5 SV Manual 163.7" 66.7" 60.5" 102.4"
2018.5 SV Manual
2018.5 SV Manual Cloth Seats
2018.5 SV Manual
2018.5 SV Manual
SV CVT $18,298 5 Hatchback
SV CVT 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
SV CVT 163.7" 66.7" 60.5" 102.4"
SV CVT
SV CVT Cloth Seats
SV CVT
SV CVT
2018.5 SV CVT $18,398 5 Hatchback
2018.5 SV CVT 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
2018.5 SV CVT 163.7" 66.7" 60.5" 102.4"
2018.5 SV CVT
2018.5 SV CVT Cloth Seats
2018.5 SV CVT
2018.5 SV CVT
SR CVT $19,698 5 Hatchback
SR CVT 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
SR CVT 163.7" 66.7" 60.5" 102.4"
SR CVT
SR CVT N/A
SR CVT
SR CVT
2018.5 SR CVT $19,798 5 Hatchback
2018.5 SR CVT 109 hp @6000 rpm 107 ft-lb @4400 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
2018.5 SR CVT 163.7" 66.7" 60.5" 102.4"
2018.5 SR CVT
2018.5 SR CVT N/A
2018.5 SR CVT
2018.5 SR CVT

Owner Reviews: 2018 Nissan / Versa Note

Average Rating

2014 Nissan Versa Note

by carlover0605 on 12-30-2013
Terrible car
I do not recommend this car. Buy any other car if at all possible. I did not feel safe in this car. It is a hog on gas which surprised me seeing as its such a small light car. It has poor pick up, and handled terribly. There was nothing nice about this car. It had a back up camera that was virtually useless since it fit in any parking space with at least a foot and a half of either side of the car. I had some debris fall off a bridge that was under construction and hit my car. It took the paint off right to the metal.. it looked like a tissue that it my car but it obviously wasn't. The people who work at the nissan dealership in my area are extremely rude people. The did not care about me or my issues and called me a liar. I do not support nissan, their products are cheap and flimsy. BUY ANY OTHER MAKE!
Overall
1.0
Comfort
1/5
Performance
1/5
Fuel Economy
1/5
Interior Design
1/5
Exterior Styling
1/5
Reliability
1/5
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2014 Nissan Versa Note

by carlover0605 on 12-30-2013
Terrible car
I do not recommend this car. Buy any other car if at all possible. I did not feel safe in this car. It is a hog on gas which surprised me seeing as its such a small light car. It has poor pick up, and handled terribly. There was nothing nice about this car. It had a back up camera that was virtually useless since it fit in any parking space with at least a foot and a half of either side of the car. I had some debris fall off a bridge that was under construction and hit my car. It took the paint off right to the metal.. it looked like a tissue that it my car but it obviously wasn't. The people who work at the nissan dealership in my area are extremely rude people. The did not care about me or my issues and called me a liar. I do not support nissan, their products are cheap and flimsy. BUY ANY OTHER MAKE!
Overall
1.0
Comfort
1/5
Performance
1/5
Fuel Economy
1/5
Interior Design
1/5
Exterior Styling
1/5
Reliability
1/5
Is this review useful?
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0 out of 3 found this review helpful.
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