the north face bag 2014 Nissan Versa Note
SAN DIEGO To say that Canadians like small cars is about as clich as pointing out our allegiance to Timmie hockey and more hockey, while drinking a large Timmie dug small cars far longer than our friends to the south who are just starting to realize that those polite Canadians have been hiding something cool, again.
Something that they may actually want (note to USA: you can keep Howie Mandel). is essentially dictating what will/will not appear as standard equipment (do heated exterior mirrors REALLY cost that much?).
While we may not have been privy to the boardroom banter, we can tell you that Nissan Canada wasn quiet about what needed to happen for the 2014 Versa Note equipment list.
That why someone in Florida will be wondering about the heated seats on their SL trim. You welcome, America.
Sure, there other things to like on the Versa Note, the global nametag that has been affixed to Nissan five door sub compact. Based on the (for Versatile) platform, the Versa Note shares much of its mechanicals with the current Versa sedan, the car with Canada lowest MSRP. Motive power is provided by the 1.6 litre four, good for 109 horsepower, and 107 ft lbs of torque (that the engine with eight fuel injectors instead of four; eight is better than four).
It can be stirred with a five speed stick, or a revised Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). The transmission continues to be massaged for efficiencies, both in size and internals. Nissan Canada states a take rate of 70 per cent for CVTs in this class.
Speaking of efficiencies, the Versa Note has done everything possible to conserve every last drop of petrol without the addition of leafy green switches or foliage growing on touch screens.
I hate to break it to the manufacturers pumping their Eco Happy premium models, but they just became museum pieces.
You can now realize 4.8 L/100 km highway with a CVT equipped Versa Note, for an MSRP of $14,648 for the base S trim (5 speed models get 5.4 L/100 km, start at $13,348 for the S trim).
Apart from the CVT, there are numerous nips and tucks for aero supremacy for Versa Note. There a front lower air dam that looks like it was swiped from a hyper miler club; wheel spats, too, for air direction.
Even the fuel tank belly received aero savvy elements. What you don know about your taillights is that they could be contributing to air turbulence at the rear of the car (film at 11).
That why the Versa Note has unique sliced into them, keeping airflow smooth and silky. They also known as Aero Flares. I think they just have a flair for Aero. cars get active grille shutters).
It may share the platform of the Sedan, though the silhouette of the Versa Note looks like somebody actually tried when it comes to panel stampings.
The character line is said to follow that of the ball trajectory of a squash player serve. That right; even your car is now playing sports you can of healthy, the Versa Note has hit the gym, with a mass reduction of 302 pounds (137 kg). That means every conceivable option rode with us, for a peak MSRP of $19,018.
That number includes NissanConnect with Navi, Bluetooth streaming, hands free text messaging, and the Around View Monitor system.
That the glam cam system, born of Infiniti, which stitches the images provided by four cameras to give a bird eye view of the Versa Note.
SLs without the Tech Package still get a traditional RearView monitor camera view (optional on SV trims).
The instrument panel module is straight out of the Versa sedan, which includes one of my favourites; two gloveboxes for the price of one. Visors get sliding sunblockers. Exterior mirrors, with that glorious heat griddle image on them, are mounted on the doors, instead of adding to vision blocking at the pillars.
Outward vision is excellent for the forward look, with defroster vent fed spotter panes. The rearward is even better, even with headrests in place.
Nissan decided to ditch a rear centre headrest, which definitely helps. Besides, who over the age of nine could actually fit in the rear middle seating position?
Rear legroom is executive car stretch. Part of the SL, and the optional SV Convenience, is the Divide N Hide Adjustable Floor panel for the cargo hold.
In the upper position, it provides a sizable gully beneath, for keeping things from prybar eyes. It can then be manipulated to an angled position, as well as lowered about five inches completely, to accommodate taller items.
The temp spare tire is placed under the vehicle, like a minivan or pickup (stow some gloves for tire changes. It going to get dirty).
Time to throttle up. The CVT updates are definitely making the most of the available power. The Versa Note has added a considerable amount of NVH improvements, a quiet ride that unheard of in the class.
There the expected electric steering, with good feel. Turn in is quick and precise (we must have mentioned it three times).
It may be a global platform, but something wonderful has happened to the Versa Note structure. It taut, with a rigidity that made us start hunting for the dreaded California DIP signs with professional abandon. There simply no flex in the structure.