Flash Drive

2014 Nissan Versa

2014 Nissan VersaModel Tested: 2014 Nissan Versa Note SV

Engine: 1.6-liter DOHC I-4, 109-horsepower 107 lb-ft torque

Transmission: CVT, front-wheel-drive

EPA Ratings: 31-mpg city/ 40-mpg highway

Base Price: $15,990

As Tested: $17,320


  • Reasonable acceleration for small displacement engine
  • Smooth transmission
  • Acceptable braking
  • Compact outer dimensions make parking a breeze


  • Excellent headroom
  • Great front seat legroom
  • Spacious, adult-size back seat, but tight for three
  • Excellent head, knee, and foot room in back seat
  • Mostly flat floor, minimal center hump
  • Nice quality fabric headliner
  • Thick, contoured steering wheel


  • Huge, super deep glovebox
  • Big, wide hatchback
  • Flat cargo floor
  • Split rear seats fold almost flat
  • Ample under-floor bonus storage

WOW Factors:

  • Very spacious four-adult size interior
  • Affordably priced
  • Backup camera
  • Solid construction
  • Fun styling


  • No rear door bins
  • Rear hatch doesn’t open high enough for tall people
  • Cheap wheel covers
  • Hard plastic door panels

Bottom Line:

The 2014 Nissan Versa Note subcompact is the company’s entry-level car, but it’s more than just an appliance. The hatchback adds a lot of versatility (a nod to Nissan’s naming department?), making it an excellent commuter/city/errand car.