Best back-to-school car: 2014 Nissan Versa Note
Base price: $13,990
The Versa Note hatchback is one of the least-expensive 2014s on the market, but Nissan (NSANY) still manages to offer a complete redesign and lots of interior space relative to its small exterior dimensions.
"We like the Verna Note's look, and it's very practical inside -- surprisingly roomy with a great tech set," Allan says.Although the base Versa Note comes standard with few electronic devices, higher trim lines offer satellite and Pandora radio, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity and more. Allan says KBB editors particularly like the 360-degree parking camera that's available on top-of-the-line Versa Notes. "It's one of our favorite technologies," he says. On the road, the base Versa Note's standard manual transmission and a 109-horsepower four-cylinder engine offer 27 mpg/city and 36 mpg/highway fuel economy. Higher trim lines come standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission that boosts fuel efficiency to 31 mpg/city and 40 mpg/highway.