Looking for a hatch that has a smooth ride, good fuel economy and a large trunk? The 2017 Nissan Versa might be a good fit. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
JOSH SADLIER: This is automotive editor Josh Sadlier with an Edmunds Expert Rundown of the 2017 Nissan Versa. What we're looking at here is actually the Versa Note. It's the hatchback version of this model. And that's fortunate, because we do like it a little better than the sedan, which is not one of our favorites in this subcompact class. Wouldn't say the Versa Note's one of our favorites either, but it does have some things going for it, including a surprisingly large back seat that would give some mid-sized sedans a run for their money. So if you're looking for a small car with a lot of room in back, the Versa Note is going to be at the top of your list. But in other respects, it suffers compared to most cars you can get for this price. It's got about 110 horsepower from a small four-cylinder. And that's not so unusual. But the way it delivers that power is distinctly unpleasant, especially if you get the CVT, continuously variable automatic transmission. It's going to be making a lot of droning noises and not a lot of forward progress. Stepping inside the Versa Note, there is the piece de resistance, that big back seat room for tall people and their cowboy hats. This is the place to be in this segment if you want to sit in back in style. But then up front, you've got pretty standard economy car stuff. Three dials for the climate control. And you've got a double [INAUDIBLE] stereo there you could swap out for something sweet if you wanted to. The bottom line is the Versa Note gives you a lot of space inside, pretty good fuel economy for not a lot of money. But if you're shopping in this segment, the Honda Fit's going to be one you've got to check out. And really would check out just about everything in this segment before plunking your money down on a Versa Note. For more Edmunds expert rundowns, click the link to subscribe.