When most people finally decide that their old car isn’t worth fixing anymore, and they’ve decided to buy a new car, they have simple requirements to fulfill. The new car needs to fit their budget, it needs to fit their lifestyle, it needs to be reliable, and it needs to get good gas mileage. Safety, design and technology are also important considerations, but less so than matters of practicality and price.
Nissan intends the new 2014 Versa Note to help this kind of car buyer check the boxes on that list of simple requirements, but the automaker misses the mark in a couple of important areas.
Before we get started, though, let’s clear up some confusion. The new 2014 Nissan Versa Note covered in this car review is not the same vehicle as the Nissan Versa Sedan, even if it shares the “Versa” portion of its name and certain bits and pieces. Instead, the Versa Note is the U.S. version of the globally sold Nissan Note, while the Versa Sedan is the U.S. version of the Nissan Sunny offered in other parts of the world.
Yeah, that didn’t really clear up any confusion, did it?
Let’s try this. A Nissan Versa Sedan is affordable, roomy, functional and dowdy basic transportation. A Nissan Versa Note is affordable, roomy, functional and stylish basic transportation. Comparatively speaking, of course.