2014 Nissan Versa

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The 2014 Nissan Versa sedan remains relatively unchanged for 2014 albeit a few minor changes to its trim levels and available options.  It returns as a practical, no frills option for those who simply want to get from point A to point B and do it as cheaply as possible. In fact, the Nissan Versa remains as the cheapest car available in the US for two years running making penny pinching patrons grin from ear to ear.

Although the sedan remains unchanged, this year brings the welcomed addition of the Nissan Versa Note- a livelier, hatchback version of the Versa. In a new release from Nissans Official News Room dated Jan. 15, 2013, Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. explains: “As the entry segment is expanding with new models and nameplates, it’s not enough to offer value alone. The new Nissan Versa Note shakes up the category by satisfying both the emotional and rational needs with features that are truly unexpected in the class – such as sleek styling and advanced innovation features like our Around View® Monitor parking assist system at an affordable price.”

From the outside you may think that the Versa offers very little in the way of space and comfort but it’s actually quite the opposite. The Versa has been praised time and time again for its spacious interior offering more leg room than some midsize sedans. Even if you are gifted with height you will find that that rear seats offer plenty of head and legroom and that the overstuffed seats are comfortable during around town commutes. Its overall cargo space is surprisingly large for a subcompact vehicle as well.

The sedans exterior styling isn’t exactly awe inspiring but you can’t expect much from a vehicle at this price point. If you want something a little more energetic you may want to consider the all-new Nissan Versa Note. It complements the Versa family with a distinctive look, feel and added hatchback utility.

The 2014 Nissan Versa Sedan is available in three trim levels- S, SV, and SL.

Standard features on the base S sedan includes a 109 hp 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a manual transmission, 15-inch steel wheels, AC, cloth upholstery and a 2-speaker audio system with a CD player and an auxiliary input jack. A 4-speed automatic transmission is available.

Adding the Plus Package will get you the CVT® transmission, a rear spoiler, cruise control and a 4-speaker audio system. With the CVT®, the Versa will return an estimated 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

The 1.6SV gets the CVT® transmission plus keyless entry, power windows, power door locks, electroluminescent gauges and upgraded cloth upholstery. The SV is eligible for a Convenience Package that adds a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and Bluetooth®.

An available  Convinence Package adds 15-inch alloy wheels, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth® and an iPod®/USB interface.

Stepping up to the top-of-the-line SL adds 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, remote trunk release, a chrome-accented grille, push-button start, a premium sound system with an iPod®/USB interface and features from the SV’s Convenience Package. A technology package is available that will add navigation with a 5-inch touch-screen, rearview monitor and satellite radio.

The all-new Nissan Versa Note hatchback is available in three trim levels as well- S, S Plus and SV.

The base S Versa Note is comparable to the S sedan and adds a four-speaker audio system and power mirrors. Also worth mentioning is that the Versa Note S is only available with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Opting for the mid-level S Plus trim will get you the CVT® transmission, active grille shutters and cruise control. The top-of-the-line SV will get you full power accessories, upgraded cloth upholstery, a six-way adjustable drivers seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and Bluetooth®.

Adding the SV Convenience Package will get you a rearview camera, a 4.-inch touchscreen display, an iPod®/USB interface and satellite radio. An available SL Convenience Package gets you all of those features plus 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, push-button start and heated front seats. An optional SL Tech Package will add heated mirrors, navigation, a 5.8-inch touchscreen and a 360-degree parking camera system.

The 2014 Nissan Versa sedan and 2014 Nissan Versa Note hatchback both offer a compelling mix of great driving dynamics, a comfortable ride, a roomy cabin and simple to use controls making it an incredible value for the money.

Prices for the sedan start at just $11,990 however a fully loaded SV will set you back almost $19,000, stripping it of its low cost advantage. The Versa Note starts at $13,990 and can climb to around $20 grand. If you’re looking for cheap transportation that gets the job done, an entry level Nissan Versa sedan definitely fits the bill.

 Spacious interior; large trunk; affordable price; comfortable ride; good fuel economy

 Slow and noisy acceleration; performance and interior materials reflect its low price

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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