Agility, engine noise, front-seat comfort, fit and finish, reliability.
Nissan's subcompact Versa sedan is disappointing, with a noisy and cheap interior. The engine drones as the car gathers speed, and the continuously variable transmission accentuates engine noise. Handling, though secure, lacks agility. The ride is compliant but jumpy. To its credit, the rear cabin is relatively roomy and fuel economy is commendable at 32 mpg overall. The redesigned hatchback, called the Versa Note, arrived this summer starting at $13,990. First-year reliability of the sedan has been well below average.