Featuring 40 mpg highway fuel economy, lots of high-tech features and with a base price starting below $14,000, the all-new Nissan Versa Note is turning a lot of heads.

And for good reason.

Completely redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Versa Note hatchback is the companion to Nissan’s Versa sedan — the best-selling entry-level car in America.

The new Versa Note also features a class-exclusive Around View Monitor. The system uses four small super wide-angle cameras mounted on the front, side and rear of the vehicle to provide a virtual 360-degree view of objects around the vehicle, with selectable split-screen close-ups of the front, rear and curb views, helping the driver maneuver the car into tight spots.

Available in S, S Plus and SV trim levels, the 2014 Versa Note is powered by a 1.6-liter I-4 engine that produces 109 horsepower and 107 lbs.-ft. torque.

Mated to either a five-speed manual transmission (Versa Note S) or Nissan’s Xtronic CVT (Versa Note S Plus and SV), it has an EPA fuel economy rating of 31 mpg city, 40 mpg highway.

Nissan is marketing the new Versa Note with the slogan “Your Door to Move,” capitalizing on the vehicle’s spacious interior and versatility.

With the ability to accommodate five passengers, the Versa Note is loaded with interior room — especially when it comes to rear seat legroom. It also provides 18.8 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seat being used for passengers.

Nissan has also provided consumers with a variety of additional features by offering several package options.

As just one example, the SL Tech Package offers NissanConnect with navigation featuring NavTraffic and NavWeather with real-time advisories — as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The system includes a 5.8-inch color touch-screen display, hands-free text messaging assistant, streaming audio via Bluetooth, Pandora radio capability through your iPhone, points of interest powered by Google and Google Send-to-Car, which allows the user to send any address to the navigation system using a computer. The directions are delivered and loaded into the navigation system when the car is started.

Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, vehicle dynamic control with traction control, six airbags, LATCH child safety seat anchor system, child safety rear door locks and tire pressure monitoring system, to name but a few.

The all-new Nissan Versa Note is an outstanding entry-level vehicle that provides a high level of value. For those in the market for a compact hatchback, the 2014 Nissan Versa Note is a must for the test drive list.

Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association.

The Nuts and Bolts

MODEL:

2014 Nissan Versa Note

5-seat compact 5-door  

Front-wheel drive

Trim packages:

S, S Plus, SV

PRICE RANGE:

$14,000-$22,000

ENGINE:

1.6L I4 (109 hp/107 T)

TRANSMISSION:

5-speed manual

CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)

EPA: 27/31 mpg city, 36/40 mpg highway (MT/CVT)

FUEL: Regular unleaded

STABILITY CONTROL:

Vehicle dynamic control with traction control

BRAKES: ABS

LENGTH: 163 inches

WHEELBASE: 102.4 in.

WIDTH: 66.7 inches

HEIGHT: 60.5 inches

WEIGHT: 2412-2482 lbs.

TRACK: 58.3/58.3

(front/rear)

FUEL TANK: 10.8 gallons

TIRES: 15-, or 16-inch

CARGO: 18.8 cubic feet with rear seat up.