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Hey guys, i'm thinking about getting a Versa Note. I currently own a 2011 Juke SV 6MT, and it's been a great car, but I would like to get something more economical and practical. A friend of mine has a 2012 Versa Hatchback and I really like the extra room inside.

My only concern is that i'm a diehard manual trans. guy, and I hate the fact that you can only get a manual in the base S model. But being that it's going to be mostly driven as a commuter, that's not a deal-breaker. And the S models are selling cheap near me too. (Under $12,000)

Anyway, i'll probably go test drive one this weekend, and get a hands on impression.

Thanks in advance for any feedback.
 

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Welcome to the forums. 6M/T Juke? I like that! But yeah, the Note has the same engine as the 1st and 2nd gen. sedan so its pretty good. I purchased mine new and love it.
 

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New Note for $12K? Buy that. Buy two.

If you don't mind not having manual windows and locks, get the base with stick. If you want a few luxuries and don't mind losing the stick, go up one level. If you're looking to spend $15-16K or more, check out the Fit, Yaris, Focus, Accent and others in that price range.

When you're talking about base model hatches, it doesn't get any better than the Note. There's a 3-cylinder Mitsubishi Mirage that you can probably get for less. It has the same CVT and power doors/locks along with auto climate. However, Mitsubishi could go at any moment. They account for less than one half of one percent of US sales. As a whole, Mitsubishi is making money. As for Mitsubishi North America, they've been hemorrhaging money for over a decade. Think Izuzu in 2009 and Suzuki last year. I'd suggest staying away from them.


No matter which Note you get, it won't be as much fun as the Juke.

The room, comfort and gas mileage in the Note is nice. Great commuter cars.
 

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New Note for $12K? Buy that. Buy two.

If you don't mind not having manual windows and locks, get the base with stick. If you want a few luxuries and don't mind losing the stick, go up one level. If you're looking to spend $15-16K or more, check out the Fit, Yaris, Focus, Accent and others in that price range.

When you're talking about base model hatches, it doesn't get any better than the Note. There's a 3-cylinder Mitsubishi Mirage that you can probably get for less. It has the same CVT and power doors/locks along with auto climate. However, Mitsubishi could go at any moment. They account for less than one half of one percent of US sales. As a whole, Mitsubishi is making money. As for Mitsubishi North America, they've been hemorrhaging money for over a decade. Think Izuzu in 2009 and Suzuki last year. I'd suggest staying away from them.


No matter which Note you get, it won't be as much fun as the Juke.

The room, comfort and gas mileage in the Note is nice. Great commuter cars.

maybe in stock form yes the Note would not be as fun to drive as the Juke, but throw a strut tower bar and under body brace on there and it is a night and day difference in handling and alot more fun to drive :D the injen intake that is now available for the Note too gets it just about 30 to 40whp shy of a stock juke on the dyno
 
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