- Five-door hatchback version of the Versa
- 40 mpg on the highway
- SV models add many standard features for 2016
The 2016 Nissan Versa Note continues to offer superlative value and fuel economy, making it one of the more appealing sub-compact packages in all of automotive.
Changes to the Versa Note for the new model year are found on the SV trim level, which adds many standard features including a rearview camera, Bluetooth streaming audio, satellite radio, a 5-inch color screen, and the Divide-N-Hide cargo floor, which offers a hidden storage space for valuables. The Versa Note is offered in five trim levels: S, S Plus, SV, SR, and SL.
The Versa Note offers a distinct look compared to the Versa sedan (which is a good thing). The “Note” part of its name refers to its international heritage (it is sold by that name abroad). Slanted headlights feed into a slim, slotted grille up front, while down the sides a “squash line” indent helps to break up the side panels and improves the car’s stance. 15-inch wheels are standard, with 16-inch alloys optional. The SR trim gets several unique styling additions, including differed front and rear fascias, an updated grille, smoked headlight, a rear spoiler, and its own 16-inch alloy wheels.
Under the hood, the Versa Note shares its engine with the sedan, a 109-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 107 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed manual is standard on base S models, while all the other trims get an efficient CVT. While the engine is not very powerful, it is extremely efficient which helps save money at the pump; expect 27/36 mpg city/highway with the manual, and a robust 31/40 mpg with the CVT.
Inside, the Versa Note shines when it comes to cargo and passenger room. Other cars in this class can feel cramped and compromise on cargo room, but thanks to its hatchback shape, the Versa Note and the Honda Fit sit as two exceptions to this rule. Behind the second row is 21.4 cubic feet of cargo space, more than a midsize sedan, and there is 94.1 cubic feet of passenger volume; both figures are class leading. Nissan hasn’t included many standard features in an effort to keep the base price low, joining Bluetooth connectivity are 60/40-split folding rear seats, air conditioning, and an auxiliary audio input. There are plenty of tech options as well, including NissanConnect which comes with a 5.8-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, traffic/weather updates, Google POI support, and Pandora internet radio. Push-button start and navigation are also available.
The Versa Note is also available with Nissan’s Around View monitor technology, which shows a top down view of the car making parking or slow maneuvers in tight spaces breeze. The cameras also offer a backup view with gridlines, or a curb view for parallel parking. The Versa Note also includes one of our favorite features, a smart tire inflate system that honks the horn when the tires reach the correct pressure – no more fumbling with tire pressure indicators, no more stress.