Review: 2018 Nissan Versa Note

Review: 2018 Nissan Versa Note

Drivers in the greater Richmond area who need a spacious, eco-friendly hatchback should be sure to check out the 2018 Nissan Versa Note.

You'll be surprised by all this subcompact offers, so see our review below to help you decide which trim suits your needs and budget. To experience the Versa Note first-hand, you can also visit our convenient Staunton location.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2018 Versa Note is a subcompact even taller drivers can get on board with, as it features 94.1 cubic feet of passenger volume, which is just 5 cubes less than the Ford Escape, as well as 40.8 inches of head room and 41.3 inches of leg room up front. Plus, it has nearly 19 cubic feet of cargo space, or 38.3 cubes with the rear seats folded.

The new lineup includes S, SV, and SR trims. The base model includes a 4-way driver's seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, cloth trim, Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges, air conditioning, and a tilting steering column. The Versa Note SV adds a 6-way driver's seat, upgraded cloth trim, soft-touch door accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Integrated Key with remote keyless entry, power locks and windows, cruise control, and a Divide-N-Hide Adjustable Floor.

The Versa Note SR has premium sport synthetic suede trim with orange accents, Z-inspired leather sport steering wheel, Piano Black trim, silver accents, upgraded Fine Vision gauges, Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button ignition, and two auxiliary power outlets.

Entertainment and Technology

All models of the 2018 Versa Note include Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, AM/FM/CD, a four-speaker audio system, auxiliary input, Radio Data System, speed-sensitive volume control, and illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls. The SV adds to the base model a RearView Monitor, Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, a 5-inch color display, Sirius XM Radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, and USB input.

The Versa Note SV is an excellent value, and if you want to add 16-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels, sport side sills, front fog lights, and dual power outside mirrors with LED turn signals, just upgrade to the SR. The highest trim also comes standard with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Easy-Fill Tire Alert. 

Fuel Economy and Performance

The 2018 Versa Note has a humble yet fuel-efficient powertrain. In fact, it's best-in-class for fuel economy, making this subcompact hatchback perfect for families, students, and commuters. Under the hood, it has a 1.6-liter inline-4 engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. It makes 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque.

According to EPA estimates, the new Versa Note gets up to 31 MPG city and 39 MPG highway. Compared to the average new car, you'll save $750 over five years, and spend just $1,250 annually at the pump.


Starting at $15,480 MSRP