Versa Note - Nation's sixth cheapest car offers surprises

Around-view camera only found on luxury cars a few years ago

Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY 11:39 a.m. EDT June 15, 2013

One might not expect Nissan's new Versa Note to offer much since it will be one of the nation's cheapest cars. It is, after all, just meant as an inexpensive hatchback.

By our count, it comes in as the nation's sixth cheapest car, as you can see from our hit parade photo gallery of the lowest priced cars on sale in the U.S.

And, frankly, the Versa Note is pretty basic -- until you check out the cool options. For instance, the Note is going to offer one feature that not long ago was limited to luxury cars: a cool around-view camera that lets you see what's going on outside your car like bird would -- a 360-degree view from above.

It also will have a continuously variable transmission, usually called a CTV, instead of an automatic and active grille shutters that close like window shades, both for better gas mileage.

The hatchback is expected to get up to 31 miles per gallon in the city, 40 mpg on the highway for a combined of 35 mpg. It was given the name Note to separate from the sedan version.

The new Versa Note, which goes on sale this month, starts at $14,780, which Nissan says is $680 less than the hatchback it replaces.

America's cheapest car? It's the sedan version of the same vehicle, the regular Versa.

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