New 2019 Nissan Versa Note Hatchback
Nissan Versa Note Hatchback
The 2019 Nissan Versa Note subcompact hatchback offers a lot of interior space and excellent fuel economy at reasonable prices.
2019 Nissan Versa Note Pricing
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2019 Nissan Versa Note KBB Expert Review
The 2019 Nissan Versa Note is the hatchback version of the Versa subcompact sedan. It’s long been the accepted wisdom that Americans prefer sedans to hatchbacks, while other parts of the world favor the latter over the former. Admittedly, having a lockable trunklid keeps valuables safely out of sight and out of reach. But how often do we leave valuables in the car compared with how often we need cargo/passenger versatility? And although this next point is purely subjective, hatchbacks tend to look less awkward than their sedan counterparts. The Versa Note is no sports machine, but it is relatively spacious, cheap to buy and economical to run. It could work well for first-time buyers, small families and commuters looking to keep expenses low.
You'll Like This Car If...
…you like practical, low-cost personal transportation. For several years, the Versa Note has been on the KBB.com 10 Best Back-to-School Cars list for those precise reasons. For example, it achieves 39 mpg on the highway.
You May Not Like This Car If...
…you’re a thrill-seeker on a budget. Of the many virtues enjoyed by the 2019 Versa Note, driving fun isn’t among them. Engine output of 109 horsepower is low even in this subcompact class. Check out the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit or Chevrolet Sonic.
What's New for 2019
After some additions late in the 2018 model year (rearview camera and 7-inch infotainment touch screen), the only tweak for the 2019 Versa Note is the inclusion of Nissan Connect for the uppermost SV and SR trims, bringing remote services, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, and satellite radio.
Yes, the 2019 Versa Note is short on thrills, but at least it’s easy to drive, with light steering, excellent outward vision and compact dimensions making easy work of parking. The engine sounds a bit grainy at high revs, and there’s no real joy other than fuel economy to be had from the continually variable transmission (CVT). Ride quality is on the soft side, which is fine for rough surfaces on straight roads, but the car leans over through the curves, while the steering lacks any kind of feel for what the front wheels are doing. It soon becomes apparent, though, that they will not like to be pushed at all, breaking into understeer and letting the nose run wide at a point when most other cars are still gripping the cornering line, leaving the driver with no other option but to ease off the throttle.
LARGE CARGO CAPACITY
For a subcompact hatch that’s just 163 inches long, the 2019 Versa Note enjoys 18.8 cubic feet of luggage space behind its rear seats. That’s better than some midsize-crossover SUVs, let alone direct competition like the Honda Fit (16.6), Chevrolet Sonic (14.9) or Ford Fiesta (10.1).
EASY FILL TIRE ALERT
Many of us have scrambled around looking for the correct tire-pressure information. With the 2019 Versa Note, we just attach the air line to the valve and this highly convenient feature (optional in SV trim, standard in the SR) first flashes the hazard lights to indicate it’s working, then beeps the horn once there’s sufficient inflation.
A shortage of thrills is matched by an absence of frills. It’s pretty basic in here, as the hand-cranked windows illustrate. The plastics are a reminder that the 2019 Versa Note’s retail price is comparatively low. There’s only one interior color: Charcoal. However, everything is put together well. Finding the ideal driving position is easy, there’s 40.8 inches of front headroom and an adult-friendly 37 inches of rear legroom. Plus the aforementioned cargo area, which expands to 38.3 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. This is one of the most spacious cabins in the subcompact-hatchback class.
We’ve already put forward the argument that hatchbacks can be more aesthetically pleasing than their sedan siblings. It could quite easily ring true in this case. Short overhangs, sculpted doors and a large rear spoiler above the rear window (on the SR model) convey a fun character. From a purely practical point of view, the tall doors mean easy entry and exit. The wide-opening rear doors, meanwhile, prove their worth when fitting a child seat, and when buckling in or extracting your bundle of Cheerios-covered joy.
Notable Standard Equipment
You know things are bleak when you look at the list of standard equipment and the manufacturer mentions something that really ought to go without saying, like a speedometer. As well as the aforementioned wind-up windows, the extremely sparse S model has 15-inch steel wheels -- but no power locks, driver’s-seat height adjustment, cruise control, or even a remote trunk release. And whereas most cars have brake discs at both ends, the Versa Note puts drums at the back. But it does have air conditioning, Bluetooth, a 4-speaker audio system, and active grille shutters for optimum aerodynamic/fuel efficiency. Luckily, the 2019 Versa Note is cheap enough to consider going up to the next SV level, which has a few more amenities and is eligible for some options.
Notable Optional Equipment
The SV provides power windows/locks and cruise control. As mentioned in the “What’s New” section, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto joins this trim, which is also eligible for the SV Special Edition package that includes 15-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry/ignition, fog lights and the Easy Fill Tire Alert feature. The range-topping SR trim level has that package’s contents as standard, but goes with 16-inch alloy wheels. The cloth interior is also enlivened by an orange stripe on each seat. Other options include premium paint, frameless self-dimming rearview mirror with universal garage-door opener, and a Rockford Fosgate audio system upgrade.
Under the Hood
This might sound odd, but there’s a downside to achieving 39 mpg on the highway. Such impressive fuel economy is the result of unimpressive muscle: 109 horsepower from a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine bolted to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) tuned for frugality rather than fun. Let’s not bother with zero-to-60-mph times or top speeds; let’s just say the front-drive-only 2019 Versa Note eventually becomes quick enough to keep up with the general freeway flow, which isn’t really an issue during the rush hours anyway.
109 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
107 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 31/39 mpg
The 2019 Nissan Versa Note in basic S trim has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $15,650, to which a destination charge of $895 is added, making $16,545 in total. The SV trim (a better choice) starts at $17,445, while the SV Special Edition Package is an extra $735. The top SR trim begins at $19,255. Load up with the audio upgrade ($610) plus the self-dimming mirror ($305), and a well-stocked SR breaks the $20,000 mark. Here’s where the tough decisions begin. That kind of money would net a sweet Honda Fit or Kia Rio hatchback. Both rivals have more features and more power, yet offer comparable fuel economy. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying for their new Nissan Versa Note. At least the Versa Note enjoys strong resale values.
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Nissan Versa Note Consumer Reviews
January 29, 2019
2012 Nissan Versa Reliable and Roomy Hatchback !
Comfortable, Reliable, more back seat room and comfort then full size cars. Went 80,000 miles till brake change, otherwise just tires,...
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...
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|#2||2019 Nissan Versa Note||109|
|#3||2019 Mitsubishi Mirage||78|
|#1||2019 Mitsubishi Mirage||39|
|#2||2019 Nissan Versa Note||34|
|#3||2019 Ford Fiesta||30|
|#1||2019 Mitsubishi Mirage||4.8 / 5|
|#2||2019 Nissan Versa Note||4 / 5|
|#3||2019 Ford Fiesta||3.9 / 5|