2018 Nissan Versa Note
- Base S model receives features from the S Plus trim
- S Plus and SL trims dropped
- New Special Edition package for SV trim
- SL model gets new features
- Midyear 2018.5 models receive standard 7-inch touchscreen and rearview camera
- Part of the first Versa Note generation introduced for 2014
- Roomy interior with an adult-friendly back seat
- Affordable base price
- Clever cargo space
- High fuel economy
- Slow acceleration and lackluster handling
- Noisy engine doesn't sound very refined
- No telescoping steering wheel
- Low-quality interior materials
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Which Versa Note does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating6.6 / 10
The 2018 Versa Note might be considered a suitable hatchback for young drivers or shoppers on a tight budget. But among its competitors in the humble subcompact class, the Versa Note will come up short for most buyers.
The Versa Note is sluggish compared to most competing models, not particularly fun to drive and lacking in creature comforts. It does offer comparatively generous rear passenger space and a cleverly designed cargo system, but these assets are not enough to earn it a strong recommendation. We suggest checking out the alternatives before settling on the Versa Note.
2018 Nissan Versa Note configurations
The 2018 Nissan Versa Note hatchback seats five and is offered in three trim levels: S, SV and SR. It's powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (109 horsepower, 107 pound-feet of torque), routed through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) on the way to the front wheels.
Standard feature highlights for the base S trim include 15-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, power mirrors, a tilt-only steering wheel, cloth upholstery, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth phone integration, and a four-speaker CD player with auxiliary audio input.
The SV trim adds remote keyless entry, cruise control, power windows and locks, upgraded gauges, additional interior trim, upgraded cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat with an armrest, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an adjustable cargo floor, a 5-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth streaming audio, USB-iPod audio input, satellite radio and a hands-free text messaging assistant.
The top-of-the-range SR trim adds such features as sporty exterior treatments, 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, a rear spoiler, remote keyless ignition and entry, a vehicle immobilizer system, Nissan's Easy-Fill Tire Alert system (beeps when the correct pressure has been reached), a sport steering wheel, simulated suede upholstery and a center rear armrest.
Later in the model year, a rearview camera and a 7-inch touchscreen were added as standard equipment. Nissan refers to these as 2018.5 model year vehicles.
Some features are available as options on lower trim levels.
The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Nissan Versa Note SV Hatchback (1.6L inline-4 | CVT automatic | FWD)
NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2014, the current Nissan Versa Note has received some revisions, including more standard and optional features added throughout its life cycle. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's 2018 Versa Note, however.
Noise & vibration5.5
Ease of use6.5
Getting in/getting out7.5
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Versa Note safety features:
- RearView Monitor
- Gives you a view of what's behind you on the dash-mounted screen.
- Easy-Fill Tire Alert
- Ensures safe tire pressure by signaling when the proper inflation level is reached.
- Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant
- Helps to keep your eyes on the road by reading messages and responding with preselected texts.
2018 Nissan Versa Note for Sale
Compact hatches are trendy, but the 2018 Nissan Versa Note is starting to show its age. Which is an odd thing to say considering that the Versa Note just received a styling update last year in the form of a new front fascia featuring a V-shaped grille that gave it a family resemblance to newer Nissan designs. And now some trim levels and standard features have been tweaked for 2018.
Unfortunately, the mechanical bits are largely unchanged. The Versa Note is powered by a 1.6-liter engine that produces 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive. We clocked the Versa to 60 mph in a sluggish 10.4 seconds, and the droning of the engine (courtesy of the CVT, which can keep the engine speed in a narrow band as the car accelerates) made the run seem even longer. The engine is noisy when pushed, but at least its fuel economy figures are decent: The EPA rates the Versa Note at 34 mpg combined (31 city/39 highway).
We like the simplicity of the Versa Note's dashboard, with its easy-to-read gauges and simple controls, but that's about the only compliment we can pay it. Though the top-of-the-line SR model — the one you're likely to see in glossy brochure photos — does get significantly nicer cabin trim, the cheaper versions are awash in hard, shiny plastic, a cheap material that most of the Versa Note's competitors have since done away with.
If the Versa Note has one saving grace, it's the back seat, which is roomy enough to fit 6-foot-tall adults in comfort. Cargo space is about average for the class, but the adjustable cargo floor is a useful feature. It maximizes space in its lower position and, when raised and the rear seats are folded down, it provides a flatter load floor. It also offers hidden storage to keep valuables away from prying eyes.
Unfortunately, the Versa Note isn't particularly engaging to drive. The steering offers little feedback, the tall body is susceptible to crosswinds, and though the ride is generally comfortable, the suspension does a poor job of filtering out hard jolts. The Versa Note's handling is competent, but it isn't much fun, and there are definitely more enjoyable cars in this segment.
Nissan has eliminated the S Plus trim for 2018, but the entry-level S still gets the bare minimum of features. It's the the SV model that offers the creature comforts most small-car buyers expect nowadays. The range-topping SR gives the Versa a sporty look that its running gear can't deliver, but it does come closer to delivering what we expect from a modern subcompact hatch. If this is the car you want, let Edmunds help find the perfect 2018 Nissan Versa Note for you.
2018 Nissan Versa Note Overview
The 2018 Nissan Versa Note is offered in the following submodels: Versa Note Hatchback. Available styles include SV w/Prod. End 05/18 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT), S w/Prod. End 05/18 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT), SR w/Prod. End 05/18 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT), SV 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT), SR 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT), and S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT).
What do people think of the 2018 Nissan Versa Note?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Nissan Versa Note and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Versa Note 2.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Versa Note.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Nissan Versa Note?
2018 Nissan Versa Note SR w/Prod. End 05/18 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT)
The 2018 Nissan Versa Note SR w/Prod. End 05/18 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $19,180. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Versa Note SR w/Prod. End 05/18 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $230 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Versa Note SR w/Prod. End 05/18 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is1.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Nissan Versa Note SV w/Prod. End 05/18 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT)
The 2018 Nissan Versa Note SV w/Prod. End 05/18 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,265. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Versa Note SV w/Prod. End 05/18 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $879 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $879 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$17,386.
The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Versa Note SV w/Prod. End 05/18 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is4.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Nissan Versa Note S w/Prod. End 05/18 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT)Available Inventory:
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2018 Nissan Versa Note S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT)
The 2018 Nissan Versa Note S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $16,880. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Versa Note S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $320 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $320 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$16,560.
The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Versa Note S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is1.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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