Used 2016 Nissan Versa Note Hatchback
Nissan Versa Note Hatchback
The 2016 Nissan Versa Note is the compact hatchback that delivers economy, technology and a roomy interior, all at a very reasonable price.
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While it shares the Versa sedan’s name, the 2016 Nissan Versa Note hatchback is quite a different animal. Shorter front and rear overhangs give the Versa Note a sportier, more youthful look, and its hatchback design provides more versatility. Although it can’t match the sedan’s low price, the Versa Note is still one of the least expensive 5-doors you can buy. It must be said that the Versa Note lacks the fun-to-drive feel found with the Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta, making the Versa Note a better choice for those simply seeking basic transportation. However, unlike many of its rivals, the Versa Note offers a fairly large back seat and cargo area, not to mention some very cool technology.
You'll Like This Car If...
If finding economical transportation at a fair price is more important than finding a ride that will get your heart racing, Nissan’s 2016 Versa Note hatchback will likely strike a chord. It’s frugal at the pump and easy to drive, yet can easily accommodate four adults.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you’re the slightest bit a driver at heart, cars like the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta and Chevy Sonic are so much more fun to toss around the curves. The Versa Note for 2016 isn’t big on power, either, and the base model’s crank windows may be a deal killer.
What's New for 2016
Last year’s Convenience package (NIssanConnect mobile apps, 5-inch color display, streaming Bluetooth and satellite radio), as well as a rearview camera and the Divide-N-Hide adjustable floor are now standard on the 2016 Nissan Versa Note SV.
Nissan’s 2016 Versa Note isn’t going to win much praise from those who think compact cars should be quick and fun to drive. But, for commuters, college kids and first-time buyers, the Versa Note’s comfortable ride, peppy engine and roomy interior will probably win two big thumbs up. We found the Note’s level of refinement and competence refreshing, with communicative steering and a fairly quiet cabin. The available CVT automatic transmission, on the other hand, takes some getting used to. It doesn’t use conventional shift points and causes the engine to rev high more often than one might expect. Of course, with only 109 horsepower on tap, getting the Versa Note to move quickly often requires nailing the gas pedal to the floor, but once underway the little Nissan scoots along just fine.
AROUND VIEW MONITOR
Available on the Versa Note SL, the around-view monitor gives the driver a 360 view outside the car, making parallel parking and backing up a much less worrisome prospect.
Nissan has perfected the CVT automatic and it works flawlessly in the 2016 Versa sedan. The gearless transmission maximizes power and fuel economy, helping the Versa Note achieve 40 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg in the city.
Despite the 2016 Versa Note’s small exterior, there is a lot to talk about inside. Rear-seat passengers have 37 inches of legroom, three inches more than in the Chevy Sonic. As a grocery-getter, the Note swallows 18.8 cubic feet with rear seats up or up to 38.3 with them down. Up front, controls and cabin materials are basic, but logical and easy to use. Features like a standard tilt steering wheel and height-adjustable driver’s seat go a long way to helping one find a comfortable driving position.
Thanks to a fresh face similar to that of its larger siblings the Sentra and Altima, the 2016 Nissan Versa Note has more visual pizazz than before. More appealing from a stylistic standpoint, this 5-door hatchback's overhangs are six inches shorter than the Versa sedan’s, and the result is a more energetic-looking design. The Note’s tall doors make entry and exit easier, and the long rear doors simplify tasks such as installing a child safety seat. The Versa Note SR trim goes for a sportier look with standard fog lights, black and chrome accents, and a unique front fascia.
Notable Standard Equipment
A base 2016 Versa Note hatchback has a tempting price for sure, but you will have to sacrifice some creature comforts. The Note comes standard with air conditioning, power mirrors, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/Aux audio system, tilt wheel, trip computer, Bluetooth, front disc/rear drum brakes, 15-inch steel wheels with covers, 5-speed manual transmission, vanity mirrors and a rear defroster. Missing from the list are power windows, power door locks, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver's seat, or even a remote trunk release. For those kind of features, you'll have to step up to the more expensive SV trim.
Notable Optional Equipment
As with other Nissans, most of the extras come by climbing trims. The SR gains sportier front and rear-end treatments, dark headlight surrounds, fog lights, a rear spoiler, faux-suede seat inserts and 16-inch alloy wheels. The SV Tech package includes the NissanConnect system that integrates mobile apps such as those for Facebook and Pandora, push-button ignition, and a premium audio system with 5.8-inch navigation display, rearview monitor and Bluetooth audio streaming. The SV Appearance package adds 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lights and chrome trim. The SL includes the Tech and Appearance package as standard.
Under the Hood
Nissan Versa 5-door Note hatchback is equipped with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. With only 109 horsepower, it’s not particularly powerful, but does get an EPA rating of 40 mpg on the highway when connected to a CVT transmission. The only other transmission choice is the S trim’s standard 5-speed manual.
109 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
107 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/36 mpg (5-speed manual), 31/40 mpg (CVT automatic)
The Nissan Versa Note has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $15,005 for the base S. The S Plus brings the CVT automatic transmission and a price tag around $16,255. Moving up trims and adding features can push a Versa's price to around $20,000 in top form. A Kia Rio, by comparison, has a more powerful engine and a longer warranty, and starts around $15,000, the neighborhood where base models of the Honda Fit, Chevy Sonic, Hyundai Accent and Ford Fiesta reside. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying for their Versa Note. Strong resale value is another characteristic of the Versa Note, where it's a best-in-class leader.
Nissan Versa Note Consumer Reviews
December 02, 2018
My Versa Sedan is awesome! I've had it for 3 years now and it's been great. Looks good, drives good and gets awesome gas mileage! Very...
November 06, 2018
I love my nissan versa, it's the perfect car for someone who wants a comfortable, affordable car that doesn't cost too much to maintain
November 06, 2018
its a great car, just right for me.
the car run smoothly and great gas, the lights are real bright. good windshield wiper. my aux and radio station is not that great. just...
January 10, 2018
Great car for the money
For a small car this is surprisingly roomy and comfortable. I have driven across county in this car and it is a little noisy on the...
July 17, 2017
Great car. But, Ill never buy another one. Lost 4K in value from MSRP in the 1st year with less than 5K miles. 2nd year lost almost...
May 22, 2017
Dependable, comfortable, fun to drive
The car is basic but well made, Roomy inside, good engine and transmission, easy to handle, economical on regular gas. Has terrific...
April 08, 2017
Excellent for amount paid.
I bought this base model with 3 miles on it in 2014 and it is an excellent low budget get me here and there car. I drive it daily to...
February 20, 2017
this is a great everyday car
This car is great for the value for the cost and gas mpg. The car is nothing car to show to friends but get you to work and home.Does...
January 27, 2017
It is what it is...
Gave our Civic to daughter and purchased the 2016 Versa as a replacement and to tow behind an RV. Fun car to drive, except at highway...
January 13, 2017
does exactly what it’s intended to do
I purchased a 2015 Versa S sedan in Aug of 2014 because my previous car died and I needed an affordable car that day. The car was a...