The one quality that remains from the SUV craze of the early 2000s is utility. While people have turned away from the huge gas guzzlers, they're still looking for a vehicle that can haul groceries, golf clubs or surfboards. This is why crossovers and hatchbacks have become so popular and automobile manufacturers the world over are supplying the demand. Two of the more notable entries in this category are the Nissan Versa Note and the Chevrolet Spark Hatchback
, both of which offer more hauling capabilities than traditional sedans.
Both of these vehicles feature a five door design. The Spark is extremely cute with 15-inch rims standard. The Versa Note has an SL trim that includes 16-inch rims, but it lacks the Spark's youthful appeal. The Spark features a more rounded body while the Note is more square-shaped. The Nissan actually offers more exterior options on the higher level trims, but those models are also less affordable. The sub $16,000 price tags are probably the most appealing aspects of this entire class of vehicles, so superfluous exterior features aren't as attractive. The Spark is the ideal first car and younger drivers will prefer its cute exterior. The Spark takes the advantage in the exterior comparison.
The Spark is available with Chevy's Mylink system
to allow smartphone integration. Other standard interior features for the all new Spark include OnStar with 4G LTE WiFi connectivity. Up to seven mobile devices can connect to the hotspot, and there's enough interior room for the owners of all those devices. The Spark features 11.4 cubic feet of space with the seats up and 31.2 feet with the seats down. The Note has more space, but WiFi is a preferred feature among drivers of all ages, giving the Spark the edge in the interior competition as well.
Young drivers are notorious for discarding common safety practices, but both of these vehicles include features that can neutralize careless driving. The Chevy Spark
received an impressive four-star frontal impact protection rating, and five stars for side impact protection. The vehicle also features standard, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, stability traction control, hill hold assist, front and rear side airbags, front knee airbags and stolen vehicle assist. The Versa Note also features anti-lock brakes, stability-traction control, and front-seat side airbags. The Note delivered a disappointing three-star frontal cash protection rating, making the Chevy Spark the safer option.
Driving and Handling
The new Versa Note is powered by a 1.6 liter, 4-cylinder engine. This small motor produces a respectable 109 HP and 107 lb/ft of torque. The car accelerates from 0-60 in a modest 10.4 seconds and stops from 60 mph in 125 feet. The base model includes a 5-speed manual transmission. Fuel efficiency is a plus fifth the Versa Note, as it achieves 36 MPG on the highway. The Chevy Spark has a smaller 1.2 liter, 4 cylinder engine. It puts out 84 HP and 83 lb/ft of torque, but it accelerates from 0-60 in 10.5 seconds. The Spark also excels at the pump, averaging 39 MPG on the highway. It takes the Spark 123 feet to stop from 60 MPH which is slightly better than the Versa Note. The Spark handles well for the price and its smaller size makes it more nimble. The Spark once again edges the Note because it fits into tight spaces and the acceleration is very nearly a match for the competition despite the smaller engine.
The biggest difference between the Nissan Versa Note
and the Chevy Spark is the price. Both cars are extremely affordable, but the Versa Note retails for about $15,000. The Chevy Spark is one of the most affordable cars on the market, retailing for about $12,000. It’s a close battle between these two similar cars, but in saving the buyer $3,000, the Chevy Spark is a better overall value than the Nissan Versa Note.
Please visit your local Valley Chevy dealer
to see all that the Chevy Spark has to offer.