Studs and Duds: 2013 North American International Auto Show
Dud: 2014 Nissan Versa Note
Criticizing a cheap car for being cheap feels like a low blow. But there’s a reality here that’s hard to get around: The 2014 Nissan Versa Note–the inexpensive hatchback version of the Versa–feels too cheap. If what we were looking at was a maximum price of $14,000, then we might be more forgiving the ’90s-looking center console, low-grade plastics and flimsy feeling materials. But that’s where it starts, and while it’s a little less than competing cars, it’s not enough of a price cut to justify the lowball nature of what’s there. Sure, the Versa has other things going for it: A roomy back seat and excellent fuel economy come to mind. But the subcompact market has gotten tough in recent years, and this little hatchback risks getting lost in the shuffle.