- Versa hatchback is now being sold as its own model, the new Versa Note
- One of the most affordable cars on the road, starting at $11,990
- CVT models get 40 mpg highway
A bargain hunter’s dream, the 2014 Nissan Versa is one of the best values around with a teeny-tiny sticker price and great fuel economy to boot.
Nissan sells two varieties of the Versa, a sedan which carries a much lower starting price and was redesigned in 2012, and a hatchback which for 2014 has been broken off into its own model, the Versa Note.
The Versa’s styling is very conservative in contrast to competitors like the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, and Chevrolet Sonic. However, the design is functional because although it may not look it, the Versa is rather aerodynamic, with just a 0.31 coefficient of drag which helps that lofty fuel economy. 15-inch steel wheels are standard, with larger 16-inch wheels optional. A rear spoiler and fog lights can also be added.
Under the hood, the 2014 Versa goes for efficiency over performance with its 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder. Transmission options include a five-speed manual, four-speed automatic, or an efficient CVT. The best fuel economy ratings come with the CVT, at 31/40 mpg city/highway. Opting for the other transmissions drops fuel economy to 27/36 mpg city/highway.
Inside, what the Versa might lack in features it makes up for in space. There is some serious passenger room in the Versa; it can carry four people rather comfortably which is something you can’t say about many subcompacts. It also features plenty of cargo room as well, 14.9 cubic feet, which on par with most midsize sedans. Air conditioning and a CD stereo are standard, while pretty much everything else is optional, including power windows and locks, cruise control, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, navigation system, and a USB port.
Standard safety features on the 2014 Versa include antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags, and an electronic stability system. A backup camera is optional.