Unfortunately, so has the rest of the compact hatchback class. Even though the Versa Note is as good as it's ever been, it now finds itself compared with the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic RS, and compact from Hyundai and Kia. Faced with this new competition, the Note still lags behind.
The power train falls under Nissan's Pure Drive flag. Like Mazda's "Skyactiv Technology," this is basically a branding trademark that merely signals the automaker's commitment to reducing consumption and emissions.
The small engine is paired with a thrifty continuously variable transmission that sends torque to the front wheels. Fuel economy is estimated at 35 mpg combined, which is also what I averaged during my testing.
The SL Technology package bumps the infotainment system up to a 5.8-inch color touch display. The package also adds a lot of optional audio and infotainment features that we'd have liked to see made standard.
The Tech package adds a decent turn-by-turn navigation system with traffic. You can input destinations with voice commands, but the system can be sluggish and forces you to input addresses one element at a time.
Stitching together feeds from cameras tucked under the side mirrors, in the front bumper, and on the rear hatch, the Around View Monitor gives drivers a bird's-eye view of the area around the Versa Note when parking.