Off-Note: Refreshed 2017 Nissan Versa Note Abandons the Manual
Another manual transmission bites the dust, as the revised 2017 Nissan Versa Note officially does away with last year’s standard stick shift.
The loss of the Versa Note’s manual transmission comes with the dismissal of the base, stick-shift-only $15,095 S design. The S Plus becomes the de facto base design for the 2017 design year. The hatch’s cost with its continuously variable automatic transmission will be $16,345, unchanged via 2016.
No matter the trim level—S Plus, SV, SR, along with SL—all 2017 Versa Notes receive updated headlights along using a reworked front fascia of which incorporates Nissan’s V-motion grille. Meanwhile, a rear bumper cover via last year’s SR design currently appears on all 2017 Versa Notes.
Nissan also improved upon the subcompact hatchback’s insides by relocating the standard 12-volt power outlet along with auxiliary port to the front of the center console, just ahead of the auto’s incrementally larger cupholders. Higher-end SV, SR, along with SL add a second 12-volt power outlet, as well as a USB port next to the auxiliary input.
additional than its brand-new CVT-only status, the Versa Note’s mechanics otherwise are carried over via last year. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine continues to send 109 horsepower along with 107 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels, while EPA fuel-economy figures remain pegged at 31 mpg city along with 39 mpg highway. In our testing, a 2015 Nissan Versa Note SR took 9.9 seconds to reach 60 mph via a standstill. The little hatch also sipped fuel at a rate of 29 mpg during its time with us—efficient, yes, yet a ways off its EPA rating.
The $18,845 SR remains the “sporty” Versa Note option. the item includes trim-specific outside details, seats wrapped in a suedelike material, along using a three-spoke steering wheel styled after the one in the 370Z. Those looking for a more mundane Versa Note can snatch up the $17,245 SV. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line, $19,575 SL will be available with items including a 360-degree-view monitor utilizing four cameras, heated seats, along using a proximity key with push-button start.
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Although the adjustments to the 2017 Versa Note are slight, the auto’s brand-new looks along with tiny Inner surface improvements add polish to Nissan’s least expensive hatchback—even if the item comes at the expense of the Versa Note’s manual transmission.