2015 Nissan Versa Note SR Long-Term Update 1
Although it might look like you could have some fun in the Nissan Versa Note SR, after a couple months behind the wheel, my feelings about its sporting capabilities haven't changed. Nevertheless, we put the somewhat racier-looking hatchback through its paces at the track to see what it could do.
The SR just about matched the performance of the last 2014 Nissan Versa Note SL we tested. Not surprising, considering it sports the same 109-hp engine and CVT as the standard Versa. Even the sharp-looking 16-inch alloy wheels are shod with the same skinny 195/55R16 low-rolling-resistance tires available on lesser models. The SR hit 60 mph from a standstill in 10.3 seconds and completed the quarter mile in 17.7 seconds at 78.7 mph. The hatch lapped our figure eight in 28.9 seconds, achieving an average of 0.57 g. Those numbers are nothing to write home about and are even on the slow side for the class.
After learning what it could and couldn't do at the track, I hopped behind the wheel to see how the SR fared on the open road. A quick weekend jaunt to Solvang, California, revealed a comfortable enough ride for a subcompact car, though wind and road noise is a constant part of the soundtrack. The hillier sections of U.S. Route 101 challenged the Note, the engine huffing and puffing its way up inclines. But aside from that, the drive on the highway was pretty uneventful. The SR's standard driver-side armrest helped the trip go by more smoothly, as did the SiriusXM satellite radio that comes bundled with the $660 SR Convenience package. (Thankfully, we're still within the trial period.)
Leaving Solvang, I took Chumash Highway back to the 101. In addition to having some incredible views of the Santa Ynez Valley and the Santa Barbara coastline, the road features more than a few twists and turns. Usually I'd attack such a road with gusto, but in the Versa Note I just didn't feel the need to. Although it might not be the most exciting road trip car, by the end of the drive the SR showed an indicated average fuel economy of 35.4 mpg, which is right on the money for what the car is advertised to get.
Shortly after returning to L.A., the SR was due for its first trip to the dealer. The 5,000-mile service only calls for an oil change and tire rotation, and the job was performed quickly and easily at AutoNation Nissan South Bay. With a coupon from the dealership, the service rang up at a reasonable $31.61.