2018 Nissan Versa Note vs. Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

September 26th, 2018 by

  • Nissan Intelligent Mobility™
  • Divide-N-Hide® Adjustable Floor

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If you’re considering a subcompact hatchback, consider the 2018 Nissan Versa Note over the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback. Both hatchbacks are great for city dwellers due to their smaller size, but the Versa Note is more affordable and is equipped with more features than the Sonic hatchback. Since the Versa Note is not a trim level of its sedan counterpart like the Sonic hatchback, it costs less than the Chevrolet. The Versa Note starts at an MSRP of $15,600 while the Sonic hatchback starts at $18,670.


The Versa Note fares much better than the Sonic hatchback in fuel economy. The Nissan hatchback gets 31 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. The Sonic hatchback gets 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. You’ll visit the gas station more frequently with the Chevy.

The Sonic delivers greater horsepower, but the Versa Note is equipped with a more efficient transmission. The Versa Note comes standard with an XTRONIC® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).The XTRONIC® CVT does not operate with a gear system like the Sonic’s standard 5-speed manual transmission (an automatic transmission comes at an added cost for those who cannot operate a manual transmission). The CVT uses a gear and pulley system, causing less wear and tear within the transmission, allowing it to operate more effectively for a longer period of time.


The Versa Note is standard with a touch screen information display, which is an option in the Sonic hatchback, but at an additional cost. With Bluetooth® audio, you can safely make phone calls and listen to the music on your phone without taking your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road.

The 2018 Versa Note is also equipped with Nissan Intelligent Mobility®, which you will not find available in the Sonic hatchback. This driver-assist feature provides support when needed with advanced airbag system1, vehicle dynamic control (VDC)2, a traction control system (TCS), anti-locking braking system (ABS)3, electronic force brake distribution (EBD)3 and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) paired with the available Easy-Fill Tire Alert4 (alerts you when the tire is filled with the appropriate amount of air).

VDC and TCS monitor your steering and braking and respond to the road conditions for the best handling.


The Versa Note offers more space for passengers than the Sonic hatchback. The Nissan has a passenger volume of 94 cubic feet (compared to 90.3 cubic feet). Passengers in the backseat will also have a little more legroom with 38.3 inches (compared to 34.6 inches). Stretch out in the 2018 Versa Note!

With the Versa Note’s Divide-N-Hide® adjustable floor, you can store cargo the way you need to in the back-cargo area, even hiding valuables out of sight.

Visit Sheridan Nissan to learn more about the 2018 Versa Note. Schedule a test drive to determine if it’s the right car for your needs!

1. Air bags are only a supplemental restraint system. Always wear your seat belt. Rear-facing child restraints should not be placed in the front-passenger’s seat. All children 12 and under should ride in the rear seat properly secured in child restraints, booster seats, or seat belts according to their size. Air bags will only inflate in certain accidents. See Owner’s Manual for safety information. 2. Vehicle Dynamic Control cannot prevent collisions due to abrupt steering, carelessness, or dangerous driving technique. It should remain on when driving, except when freeing the vehicle from mud or snow. See Owner’s Manual for safety information. 3. Brake Assist cannot prevent all collisions and may not provide warning or braking in all conditions. Driver should monitor traffic conditions and brake as needed to prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.


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