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2015 Nissan Versa Note SR Long-Term Update 3

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/20/2015 Alex Nishimoto

In six months we've put 11,000 miles on our long-term Nissan Versa Note SR. Most of those miles have been pretty uneventful, with the Note serving as a reliable point-A-to-point-B runabout. Here are a few things we learned since our last update.

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Following my trip to Arizona, the Versa Note was due for its 10,000-mile service. The owner's manual calls for an oil change, tire rotation, and multi-point inspection, and Cerritos Nissan performed the work quickly and painlessly. The inspection found nothing out of the ordinary, so my total for the job was $74.21. So far, so good. One thing my two dealership visits had in common was how the service advisers reacted to seeing the SR. Both acted as if it was their first time seeing one, despite the SR being available since May of last year. I wouldn't be that surprised if it was. Although I've seen increasingly more Versa Note hatchbacks on the road, I have yet to see another SR. That fact makes our long-termer a bit of a rare bird on the road. It doesn't happen often, but I've caught passersby glancing at the Note's attractive two-tone 16-inch alloys.

MotorTend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image Over the past few weeks, several other staffers got behind the Nissan Versa Note's wheel. Editor-in-chief Ed Loh liked the car overall but did point out that the horn is "flaccid-sounding" and "totally pathetic." Although it sounds more like something you'd hear coming out of a Power Wheels toy or the Road Runner of "Looney Tunes" fame, the horn does its job of alerting other drivers of your approach. Plus, it's easy to identify if your alarm ever goes off. Associate online editor Austin Lott took the Note home for a night and was able to fit a 7-foot fishing rod without breaking it down. Boss man Loh's 10-foot surfboard, on the other hand, didn't fit with the hatch closed.

Ever since I began chaperoning the Versa, I noticed a tendency for the traction control to intervene at odd times. The first time the system might've been legitimately confused as I picked up a banana peel on my front tire. Other times, though, the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system will cut power when accelerating through a turn. It's not like I'm peeling out with the wheel at full lock. Sometimes it happens through the gentlest of bends. It's very intermittent, though, so it could be some unseen surface condition triggering the VDC. We'll keep an eye on it until next time.

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