A Versa Note SR was delivered to me last week for reviewing, and the first thing I noticed was that it was a model I had never tested (nor seen) before. It was more attractive than prior Notes in that it had interesting ten-spoke black-accented wheels and lower-body sporty fascia on both ends of and the sides of the car. This Note is 11.7” shorter (at 163.7”) than the Versa sedan that Nissan sells while resting on the same wheelbase of 102.4”. Thus, maneuverability is enhanced in this car without a reduction in interior space. My test Note was painted Metallic Peacock (blue-green) and inside it was equipped with charcoal sport synthetic suede seating for five. Not only does it seat five, it does it quite comfortably and has a large 18.8 cubic foot cargo compartment behind the back seats. Two buckets are up front and in the rear is a 60/40 split fold down bench seat with plenty of legroom for back seat passengers.
The cloth front buckets have a console in between, a single armrest attached to the driver’s seat, and also a hand brake that I always prefer. Four cup holders are included as are power windows and locks, cruise control, steering wheel audio controls, intermittent wipers, Bluetooth phone setup, Ipod interface, remote keyless entry, power mirrors, and MP3 playback stereo. As an SR, the car is also equipped with a rear vision camera and satellite radio. The car has five doors counting the hatchback, 16” alloy wheels with P195/55R16 Bridgestone Ecopia Grand Touring EP422 low rolling resistance, all-season radials, chrome-trimmed fog lights, and chrome accented mesh grill. Under the hood rests a 1.6 liter, four cylinder, DOHC, 16 valve engine that puts out 109 hp with 107 lb. ft. of torque. Redline is 6000 rpm, and reportedly 0 to 60 time is 9.8 seconds. Fuel economy ratings are 31 city and 40 highway, 35 combined (10.8 gallon tank), and I observed 35.9 mpg during my week at the wheel. That is pretty darn good for running around, mostly in town. As usual, I took a trip to Denver on the Interstate, and found that the ride and handling were compliant, and wind noise was minimal.
Base M.S.R.P. for the Note SR is $17,530.00, as my test car was equipped with the CVT automatic transmission, SR convenience equipment package ($660.00), carpeted cargo and floor mats ($180.00), and freight ($825.00). The total came to $19,195.00. CVT stands for continuous variable transmission, part of the PureDrive system on this 2015 Nissan Versa Note, enabling the car to exceed next year’s Cafe fuel economy and CO2 emission standards. In addition to the transmission, this PureDrive Versa Note has aerodynamic body styling, friction-reducing micro-finished engine components and variable valve timing. I earlier bragged about the fuel economy, and these features are the reason why.
My week in possession of the Versa Note was pleasing, both to the senses and the pocketbook. I would like a different color, but seven alternates are available, as are 3 other models that are less expensive. The Versa Note SR is a little car I could see myself owning.