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Versa Note shows can be versatile

Nissan’s small hatchback, renamed the Versa for 2014, is a low-priced, high-utility car an attractive, fresh exterior, fuel economy and a surprisingly back seat that even 6-foot adults.

2014 NISSAN VERSA SV

* Type: Front-engine, front-wheel five-passenger, compact hatchback

* 1.6-liter, double overhead four cylinder with

* Mileage: 31 mpg (city), 40 mpg (highway)

* Top NA

* Options: SL package (includes aluminum alloy wheels, key, push-button start, fog satellite radio, rearview rear-seat center armrest) technology package (includes system, voice recognition for and nav, around-view monitor, side mirrors, streaming via Bluetooth) $800

The five-seat Note also offers features not found in other such as an all-around-view camera that lets the driver see is nearby the car on all four sides.

Drivers will appreciate the Note with its 109-horsepower, engine is rated by the federal at 31 miles per gallon in city and 40 mpg on the highway. This top rating is for equipped with a fuel-thrifty variable transmission (CVT).

though, the Versa Note’s power is lower than of many competitors.

And while the is a new version of Nissan’s Versa the Note’s safety rating in crash testing by the federal isn’t any better than the out of five stars that the sedan received.

Standard features on all Notes include side and curtain air bags, brakes and electronic stability

Starting manufacturer’s suggested price, including destination is $14,800 for a base. As an example, the 2013 Honda Fit hatchback has a retail price of $16,215.

But be that the base Versa S comes with five-speed, transmission that produced a government fuel mileage of 27/36 mpg. The base also has manual, roll-down and a steering wheel that but does not telescope.

In comparison, the Honda Fit with five-speed and higher-power, 117-horsepower, four-cylinder comes standard with windows, a tilt and telescoping wheel and cruise control, other things.

Meantime, the Ford Fiesta hatchback, is 3 inches shorter in overall than the Note, has a starting including destination charge, of with five-speed manual and four-cylinder engine.

The base Fiesta comes with telescoping and tilt wheel, rear spoiler, Sync voice control, floor mats and a driver’s with six-way, manual rather than the four-way, adjustment on the Note.

For Note to get the fuel-saving CVT, which with an automatic grille that closes when to improve aerodynamics and fuel they must move up to the Note S Plus, with a retail price of $16,050.

must experience the Note’s seat to believe it.

Less 14 feet long and about the of a Fit hatchback, the Note has 38.3 of legroom back there. enough to allow 6-footers to their legs. It’s nearly 4 inches more the Fit has, 1.1 inches more the Ford Fiesta hatchback has and is more back-seat legroom is found in the much larger Altima mid-size sedan.

Front-seat passengers in the Versa aren’t squeezed, either, as up there totals 41.3 which is on par with some utility vehicles.

Just in mind that while two in the back do well, three in the back of a Note is tight. back windows in the Note are and go down virtually the whole

Also improving comfort in the Passengers don’t sit low to the ground. back-seat riders sit up at a decent and have good views

But the seat foam in the test SV had a cheap feel and was less than preferred. This was true as road bumps through regularly in the Note, and in asphalt were felt, and not in the seat cushions but up to passengers’

The Note’s 1.6-liter, double cam four cylinder was lackluster acceleration and seemed to work during highway merges. peaks at 107 foot-pounds at 4,400 This compares with 112 at 5,000 rpm for the Fiesta’s 1.6-liter cylinder and the Fit’s 106 foot-pounds at rpm.

The Note’s commendable economy ratings are not far-fetched. In city driving, the tester 30 mpg, just 1 mpg off from the government number. And this was the driver focusing on top mileage.

mileage was 32 mpg with highway added.

Because the Note is 5 tall, it affords front-seat a generous 40.8 inches of which is more than the inches in the Fiesta hatchback and a tad than the 40.4 inches in the seats of the Fit.

According to the government, the Note has better crash performance #8212; out of five stars #8212; the Versa sedan, which is out of five stars. Overall rating, including rollover for the Note is four out of five which is the same for the 2013 Fit.

In July, there were two recalls for the 2014 Versa

Nissan recalled certain Notes because back-seat may break in a crash, which increase the risk of injuries to passengers.

Nissan also some cars because body bolts might be or improperly tightened. This impair vehicle integrity a rear-end crash and also the risk of passenger injury.

The Versa Note S comes five-speed, manual transmission produced a government fuel rating of 27/36 mpg. Associated Press)

Gainesville.com 27, 2013 12:34 PM

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