2018 Nissan Versa Note vs 2018 Chevrolet Sonic

Red 2018 Nissan Versa Note vs White 2018 Chevy Sonic

It used to be that a compact car was just too small for some shoppers, but not anymore. These days hatchbacks bring a smart solution to modern motorists, as the models have more cargo space without adding too much in the way of bulk. Easy to maneuver and versatile, compact hatchbacks are a desirable selection for college students, commuters and even small families. The only question is, which one do you choose? In comparing the 2018 Nissan Versa Note vs 2018 Chevrolet Sonic, you’re looking at two hatchback variations of already popular sedans.

One thing to consider is that while the 2018 Nissan Versa Note is considered a separate model from its Versa counterpart, the Chevy Sonic Hatchback is not. You’ll find its trims levels within the same hierarchy as the Sonic sedan. It’s important to consider this as the hatchback isn’t available in the base trim, and as such its price point starts much higher than what you find for the 2018 Nissan Versa Note.

2018 Nissan Versa Note


2018 Chevrolet Sonic

31 city/39 highway Base Fuel Economy 26 city/35 highway
Xtronic CVT Standard Transmission 5-speed manual
$15,480 Hatchback Starting MSRP $18,670
94.1 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 90.3 cu. ft.

Fuel efficiency in the 2018 Nissan Versa Note

Ultimately, models like the Versa Note and the Sonic are often thought of as urban-friendly vehicles. City driving consumes much more gasoline than cruising along the highway because of its stop and go nature. Nissan, realizing this, prioritized fuel economy in the 2018 Nissan Versa Note, offering a slightly smaller engine and pairing it with the Xtronic CVT. Chevy, on the other hand, chose to mate its engine with an outdated 5-speed manual transmission. Upgrading its base hatchback, the LT trim, to an automatic tips the price over the $20,000 mark. Thousands of dollars more than the starting MSRP for the top trim Versa Note, which has a starting MSRP of $17,980.

In addition to having a much lower starting price and offering better fuel economy, the 2018 Nissan Versa Note is also a roomier option for passengers. Compact vehicles may be convenient for a variety of reasons, but not many shoppers are looking for a cramped interior.

What else do you need to know about the 2018 Nissan Versa Note? Standard features include manual a/c, Bluetooth Hands-Free phone and an AM/FM/CD system with four speakers. Available features include front foglights, dual-power outside mirrors, premium synthetic suede upholstery, a rearview monitor, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, push-button start and more.

Are you considering the 2018 Nissan Versa Note as your next new car? Stop by Glendale Nissan to take this model for a test drive.

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