living in a warmer climate i have none of these issues with our coldest days being down in the 40's where i live in california. the one thing i still find hard to believe though is the whole "lack of power" statement. i mean sure, the car does struggle when it's fully loaded with passengers and cargo, but the current honda fit does as well, yet that doesnt seem to bother most reviewers and i'm left wondering why the Note gets continually poked at for that and not the Honda Fit. I do agree with one thing the second opinion article points out and that is the seating and while i disagree with her statement about the material on the seats needing improvement i do admit that they can become quite uncomfortable on extended road trips where you are sitting in the car for over 4 hours as there is no lumbar adjustment for the front seats and it can become considerably painful if you don't stop to take a break from driving every few hours as i found out on a recent road trip up to san francisco. Other than that, for regular city driving the seats are plenty comfortable and as far as i'm concerned all those so called "reviewers" can take their opinions and shove off cause i am more than happy with the Note despite the very minor short comings it may have.Interesting. I like the idea of that segment where his wife reviews the car. She would be the average every day Joe while he is the enthusiast. Only wish she wrote the articles as opposed to him relaying what she thought. Sometimes things get missed or not translated properly.
The heat does suck in any of the 1.6 powered vehicles. This engine just does not warm up. I have no clue how that can be fixed. Set the cold idle higher? Change the opening temp on the tstat? I figured the newer notes with active grill shutters would help but apparently it doesn't. Maybe even that can be adjusted to help with the heat.
Nissan addressed some of the issues with the SR model like seat fabrics, and some refinements. The cluster and center stack are much nicer on the SR model. Had they just used their new tiny turbo engine I am betting every single complaint would have been taken care of. The car would feel like it had more then enough power. Also with a turbo spooling under the hood, which makes heat, I bet the coolant going to the heater core would heat up a wee bit quicker. Not at idle but as you start driving.