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2015 Nissan Versa Note SR Long-Term Update 4

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/19/2015 Alex Nishimoto, Motor Trend Staff

One of the benefits of this job is you don't drive the same car all the time. Though I spend the most time in the Nissan Versa Note, I was recently able to sample some of its competition. Seat time in our long-term 2015 Honda Fit and a 2015 Chevrolet Sonic LT Turbo helped provide some valuable perspective.

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Both cars exhibited better steering feel and more confident handling characteristics and as a result were more fun to drive than the Note. The extra power — 130 hp in the Fit and 138 hp in the Sonic Turbo to the Versa Note's 109 — didn't hurt, either. The things the Note does well, such as cruising on the highway and transporting groceries, the other two cars seem to do better. The Fit has the highest-quality interior of the three, and I think it's more interesting to look at than the Note's. The Sonic is definitely interesting with its motorcycle-like gauge cluster, though the interior quality advantage goes to the Nissan by a large margin. The Versa Note also has the best armrest, as the Sonic's is practically useless and the Fit's is a bit on the low side because it's simply a padded cover for the center storage compartment — something the Note lacks. The Versa Note trumps the Sonic in rear legroom but ties with the equally spacious Fit. The Fit wins overall, however, with its standard configurable Magic Seat, a versatile seating option that not only folds flat but also allows you to flip the cushions up for more vertical space.

Even if the Fit has the more usable back seat, the Versa Note's ample legroom still came in handy when it came to shuttling my dog, Cody, a Great Dane mix, to the vet. Both Cody and my sister were able to fit on the rear bench, and the wide-open footwells gave my large-breed dog plenty of space for entering and exiting the car.

It will take a full comparison test to determine where exactly the Nissan Versa Note stands in the B-segment category, but I think it's safe to say there's at least one better option out there.

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