Let’s try to clear up some confusion right off the bat. Nissan sells a car called the Versa, and offers it in 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan flavors. Nissan redesigned the Versa Sedan for the 2012 model year, and now it’s the Versa Hatchback’s turn. When the new version of the car arrives in the summer of 2013, it will be called the 2014 Nissan Versa Note.
Why “Note”? Why not? Apparently, this version of the Versa is named Note because the car headed our way is called the Nissan Note elsewhere on the planet. It sure isn’t because the standard 4-speaker stereo produces awe-inspiring sound.
Claiming that the 2014 Versa Note is designed to provide “innovations for the way people live,” Nissan says that the Versa Note “gives notice that in an era of changing consumer needs and expectations, Versa intends to remain far ahead of the rest of the entry-level pack.”
Based on what we know right now, it appears that the company intends to remain far ahead of the Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Mazda 2, and Toyota Yaris by offering what the company claims is “class-leading cargo space” combined with a Divide-N-Hide adjustable cargo floor system, available NissanConnect technology, an optional AroundView Monitor system, and an optional Easy Fill Tire Alert system.
Otherwise, the Versa Note represents a textbook execution of a sub-compact car.