Following in the footsteps of the all-new 2013 Altima and 2013 Sentra, the 2014 Versa adds a 40 mpg highway rating to its arsenal. [fimg=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2014_Nissan_Versa_Note_News.jpg[/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Jan. 15, 2013 2014 Nissan Versa Note hatch – Starting at $13,990 and offering a 31/40 mpgUS city/highway rating with the wide ratio Xtronic CVT. The Nissan lineup receives another new offering with the introduction of the all-new 2014 Nissan Versa Note. The current first generation Versa is the best selling B-segment vehicle in the US with 113,327 sold throughout all of 2012. This is far ahead of the Chevrolet Sonic (81,247 vehicles sold), Hyundai Accent (61,004 vehicles sold), Ford Fiesta (56,775 vehicles sold) and Honda Fit (49,346 vehicles sold) during the same period. What is unusual is that the all-new 2014 Versa Note will be sold along side the current Versa lineup??? The Versa Note is the next generation and far more advanced in every way over the current Versa. Trims Like most of the Nissan lineup, the Versa Note will arrive as an S, S Plus and SV grade levels (available with a Convenience package), SL Package and SL Tech Package. Drivetrain The Nissan Versa Note is powered by the same 109 HP and 107 lb-ft of torque 1.6L I4 that powers the 2013 Versa. The engine includes a dual fuel injector system with the smaller nozzles delivering a spray approximately 57 percent finer than the previous generation helping achieve more complete combustion. The valvetrain consists of a Twin Continuously Variable Timing Control (CVTC) system mounted on both the intake and exhaust ports. Two transmissions will be available including a 5-speed manual (S model only) and an available next-generation Xtronic CVT transmission featuring a 7.3:1 ratio just like the midsize Altima. Exterior Not much different than every other B-segment hatch. The 2014 Nissan Versa Note's features a much more modern style with improved aerodynamics (Cd of 0.298) with a first for the B-segment Active Grille Shutter. While a little drab up front with mild hood creases and a nonchalant grille, the wraparound headlight lenses add a little flash. From the side, a standard hatch layout with the highlight being the upper trim 16 in. alloys. In the rear, the rear spoiler is integrated and the sightlines to the rear sides and rear appear exceptional. The Versa note incorporated a rather long for the B-segment 102.4-inch wheelbase (same as the current C-segment Corolla) with short front and rear overhangs. Interior Basic and very large. The five-passenger Versa Note interior volume of 94.1 cu. ft. make it a force as it is larger than many of the “supposed to be” larger C-segments including the 2013 Focus, 2013 Corolla, same as the 2013 Mazda3 and just .5 cu. ft. smaller than the all-new 2013 Civic. In the back, the Versa Note offers a best-in-class 21.4 cu. ft. of cargo capacity. That large cargo area includes a standard 60/40-split fold-down rear seat and an available Divide-N-Hide Adjustable Floor. Lifting up the cargo floor board reveals a hidden area to keep valuables out of sight. Lowering the floor board creates a deeper well for carrying taller or bulky items. The interior appointments begins with standard cloth seating, 4-way adjustable front bucket seats (S, S Plus) with 6-way seats available (SV), Fine Vision instrumentation, AM/FM/CD/Aux-in audio system with 4 speakers, 12-volt power outlet, front door pockets with bottle holders, dual front and rear cupholders and many more amenities. Heated front seats with upgraded seat cloth and stitching are also available, along with leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome/silver accents, USB input with iPod control and steering wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth controls. Where the Versa Note stands out even further is a segment-first Nissan Around View Monitor. The system utilizes four small superwide-angle cameras mounted on the front, side and rear of the vehicle to provide a virtual 360° view of objects around the vehicle, helping the driver maneuver the car into tight spots. The Around View Monitor is offered as part of the SL Tech Package, which also features heated side view mirrors and the NissanConnect with Navigation System with NavTraffic and NavWeather. The system includes a 5.8 in color touch screen display, Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth, Pandora radio capability (iPhone only for some reason???), POIs powered by Google and Google Send-to-Car. Other available Versa Note features include Nissan Intelligent Key (proximity key) with Push Button start, integrated interface system for USB/iPod, RearView Monitor and SiriusXM Satellite. The 2014 Versa Note is larger inside than its B-segment classification would make you believe. Chassis The Versa Note rides on standard 15 in steel wheels with full wheel covers and 185/65HR15 all-season tires, while 16 in alloys with 195/55HR16 all-season tires are available. Low rolling resistance tires are standard on CVT-equipped models. Underneath, an independent strut front end and torsion beam rear end with stabilizer bars handle the suspension. An Electric power steering handles the turning. Safety Passively, 6 standard airbags including front, side and side curtains along with a high percentage of high strength steels in the chassis and passenger cell. On the active front, the Versa Note includes Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). A DOT mandated Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is standard with an available Easy-Fill Tire Alert highlighting the vehicle. Two interior colors will be offered including Charcoal and Wheat Stone. Eight exterior colors will be offered: Metallic Peacock MorningSky Blue Metallic Blue Red Brick, Brilliant Silver Magnetic Gray Super Black Aspen White The all-new second-generation 2014 Versa Note hatch goes on sale at Nissan's U.S. dealers this summer.