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2015 Nissan Versa Note SR Long-Term Update 6

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/28/2015 Alex Nishimoto, Motor Trend Staff

After three years of commuting in L.A., it hasn't gotten any easier. I still dread sitting in traffic, and I will gladly find something to do in the office to wait out a solid red Sigalert report. But as much as I complain about the Versa Note, the hatchback hasn't made commuting any harder.

2015 Nissan Versa Note SR Long-Term Update 6

The seats are comfortable and couchlike, which is just what you want when you have to spend an hour and change in your car. The armrest I've praised many times before, but in L.A. traffic it really proves its worth. The ride isn't terrible, but you do get the bounciness that comes with short-wheelbase cars. Copy chief Emiliana Sandoval said driving the Note at highway speeds was "like sitting on a bouncy ball." You'll feel big impacts, too. Hit a pothole and you'll both feel and hear it reverberate through the suspension. But overall, the Note isn't bad for everyday commuting. I appreciate that the NissanConnect infotainment system has no trouble automatically finding my phone. I can hop in, start the car, and not long after begin streaming my playlists. And of course, having a subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio never hurts.

2015 Nissan Versa Note SR© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Nissan Versa Note SR After months of driving the Versa Note, I'm starting to detect the faintest signs of decent handling characteristics. The chassis is willing, but the tires are hard and gripless. The chassis must be at least competent if Nissan's engineers were able to massage it into the Note NISMO hot hatch. That Japan-only car does get some chassis reinforcement and a unique suspension, however—not to mention stickier Bridgestone Potenza rubber. Still, it makes me wonder how much better the Versa Note would be with a set of tires other than the low-rolling-resistance pieces on it right now.

My time with the Versa Note is nearly up, but I still have a few more weeks to enjoy it in the nation's worst traffic.

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