2017 Nissan Versa Note vs 2017 Toyota Yaris

Not everyone can afford to drive a monster of a vehicle, and not everyone wants to. When it comes to something simple and compact, hatchbacks are taking over as introductions to many lineups. The reason behind this seems simple enough. The models are compact and easy to maneuver, while maintaining impressive fuel economy figures and still offering plenty of cargo space. Not to mention, a price tag that is perfect for fresh graduates. Two leaders in the segment both come from Japanese automakers, but how do they compare? When looking at the 2017 Nissan Versa Note vs 2017 Toyota Yaris, we think the choice is clear.

The 2017 Nissan Versa Note outperforms the 2017 Toyota Yaris in virtually every category. It’s true that the model has a starting MSRP that skews slightly higher, but it’s a couple of hundred dollars. A good negotiator might even haggle now below the price of the Yaris. A worthy endeavor, for those who want better performance, fuel economy and interior space.

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2017 Nissan Versa Note vs 2017 Toyota Yaris
31 city/39 hwy Fuel Economy 30 city/36 hwy
1.6-liter 4-cylinder Engine 1.5-liter 4-cylinder
109hp/107 lb-ft of torque Performance 106hp/103 lb-ft of torque
18.8 cu. ft. Cargo Volume 15.3 cu. ft.

Hatchback Showdown: will you choose the 2017 Versa Note?

We know that it may come across as biased to say we can’t imagine why you’d pick the 2017 Toyota Yaris over the 2017 Nissan Versa Note, but the specs speak for themselves. The Versa Note is not only slightly more powerful than the Yaris, but it manages to also boast higher EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers. This is thanks to the model’s use of a CVT. Though some motorists favor traditional manual or automatic transmission, the 2017 Toyota Yaris tends to miss the mark by using either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic, both of which are generally considered outdated.

Then we get to the crowning reason anyone buys a compact hatchback: interior space. The 2017 Nissan Versa Note manages to offer both more room for passengers and cargo than what the 2017 Toyota Yaris presents. Interior space for the Versa Note sits at 94.1 cubic feet, compared to a paltry 84.4 cubic feet of passenger volume in the 2017 Toyota Yaris.

Still not convinced the 2017 Nissan Versa Note is the best choice of the two? We know you’ll change your mind once you stop by Glendale Nissan for a test drive.

2017 Nissan Versa Note CVT
2017 Nissan Versa Note Steering Wheel Mounted Controls
2017 Nissan Versa Note Seating
2017 Nissan Versa Note Interior Space

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