I am writing a follow up to my initial review, left by montigirlmn. My CVT transmission failed at 21000 miles, 10 months into owning a new car.
I would highly recommend that you steer clear of the CVT transmission. I am keeping this one for now since the dealership I bought it through offers unlimited miles on the powertrain, as long as I bring it in every 30,000 to have the CVT fluids checked (at my cost, $329.99).
Keep in mind that if you need to go to the Nissan dealership for warranty work on the CVT, it is a remanufactured CVT that they replace it with.
Have had the car for about 9 months.....gas mileage is as claimed......the ride is more than decent for a car of it's size.......and it handling is very good....i was pleasantly surprised for a car of it's size.....the seats are very comfortable, have taken it on some 4 - 6 hour car trips and did not feel beat to death as I have in some small cars in the past.....all in all, I am very pleased with the car so far
The hands free phone system and Sirius XM satellite radio............
The fuel economy.......
The versatility of the hatchback with the divide-hide cover for the cargo area, which also serves to make the cargo area completely flat with the back seats folded down.....
I do not like the placement of the cup holders, right against the dash in the center........need to have at least one in the center console......or, as on the Cube I had, one near the left side vent in the dash....that was VERY handy......
This car is the first new Nissan product that I have purchased.
I have now owned the car for six months and have put 11,000K miles on it.
With that said, I am glad that I chose this car.
I am averaging 38 mpg, most of it commuting 50 miles a day to and from work.
The great fuel economy makes it the right choice for me.
I did drive the car for a couple of months already during the winter and the push button traction control is absolutely wonderful.
Minnesota winters are harsh and it handled the 8+ inches of snow exceptionally well.
Push button traction control
Great placement of windows to the front and back, preventing any blind spots
Not so favorite features
Cheap interior finishes, carpeting especially
Poor placement of beverage holders
Blue tooth quality is subpar
The Note is pretty good considering it is one of the cheapest cars you can buy new at the moment. Manual windows, locks, pretty much everything besides the side mirrors is manual. The interior is very cheap and plastic feeling. At the same time however, the interior is simple and easy to navigate. The back seats have some of the best space for any small car on the market. You can easily fit two 300+lbs 6 foot high people in the back with no problem. The 1.8L motor does the job just fine producing 109HP. It isn't very quick, but I have yet to have any problems merging onto the highway or driving on any road. I'm happy with this purchase.
Easy dash layout, comfortable seats and an easy 5 speed transmission to learn on. Tons room also makes this a good buy for anyone hauling around tons of stuff.
A 6 speed transmission and having it offered throughout all trims would help this car a lot. Automatic windows and locks should both be standard by now. A few extra add ons such as blue tooth and a less plastic interior would help this car compete against the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta much better.
We say "surprisingly good" because if one read all the negative reviews...well you get the idea.
Note's MPG, with usually two aboard, and under all conditions including steep hills and a couple of mountains, is astonishing at 40+ mpg average.
Car is noticeably quiet and has a nice ride on most road surfaces.
CVT takes some getting used to but we favor it over regular automatics.
Car really rolls (due in part to its low drag figure.)
We found the strength of the car is on the open road--this is no "grocery getter" only,
as described by one dopey reviewer.
car looks good,
is well built, great mpg's, is quiet and rides well.
What more could one want?
--outstanding MPG's in overall (mixed)
--optional 15" (sic)
--mucho legroom in back
--quiet and comfortable ride
--tons of headroom
--telescoping steering wheel needed
--more comfortable steering wheel (currently it
is sort of thin and hard)
--another inch or so in vertical height adjustment on driver's seat
--charcoal gray of dashboard is too dark--almost black
That's about it!