The 2015 Nissan Versa Note is a functional car, but it's not often thought of as fun. I knew its hatchback body style would come in handy during my test drive, but I wasn't anticipating anything more than reliable transportation for my family and me.
I tested a Versa Note SR, the "sporty" model. The higher-level trim doesn't actually boost any performance numbers, but it still made all the difference — it turned a simple means of transportation into something that can be enjoyed from the driver's seat. While the Versa Note starts at $14,990, including a destination fee, my higher-end test car rolled in at a bit more than that. For $19,180, the Versa Note SR had unexpected details like a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and smoked headlights and fog lights, and with the optional SR Convenience Package ($660), my test car had the NissanConnect multimedia system with in-car apps and a 5-inch color screen.
The SR's styling was more exciting than the lower trim levels. It had 16-inch alloy wheels, a mesh grille and a body kit that made the hatchback youthful and fun.