The Nissan Versa isn't just the lowest-priced car in the country, it also offers the best resale value in the subcompact car category. The 2014 Nissan Versa starts at $12,780 (with destination) in sedan form, while the Versa Note - the all-new hatchback version - kicks off at $14,780.
We like the Versa sedan as basic, affordable transportation in America's preferred body style, but we're bigger fans of the hatchback Versa Note. While most sedan/hatchback siblings are essentially identical in every area but the rear, the Versa Note is uniquely styled front to back, roomier inside, and is the only one of the two to offer Nissan's awesome Around View Monitor. One of our favorite bits of tech on any car, the Around View Monitor uses cameras around the vehicle to create a bird's-eye view of the car and its immediate surroundings, allowing you to keep an eye on the front of the car and the back of the car at the same time. Backing out of a parking space has never been easier.
The Versa and Versa Note aren't built for maximum driving thrills, but they're both easy to drive and as comfortable on the highway as anything as small and affordable. The 109-horsepower 4-cylinder engine does return up to 40 mpg on the highway, which is something worth getting excited about.
A low starting price and high resale values combine to qualify the Versa as exceptionally affordable transportation. And if you're looking for something more than that, the Versa Note, especially, offers some awfully compelling options.
The Toyota Yaris combines stylish looks, affordable prices and cool connectivity. A world-famous reputation for reliability is just icing on the subcompact cake.
The subcompact Scion xD offers utilitarian style and a robust standard features list, made more compelling by complimentary maintenance and Scion's no-haggle Pure Pricing.
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