Compare 2012 Kia Rio vs 2012 Nissan Versa

2012 Kia Rio
2012 Nissan Versa
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Rio 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 28 36 $15,535 $16,300
Rio 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 28 36 $14,010 $14,500
Rio 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 28 36 $16,675 $17,500
Rio 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 29 37 $13,145 $13,400
Rio 5-Door HB Automatic EX 28 36 $15,735 $16,500
Rio 5-Door HB Automatic LX 28 36 $14,205 $14,700
Rio 5-Door HB Automatic SX 28 36 $16,880 $17,700
Rio 5-Door HB Manual LX 29 37 $13,335 $13,600
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4-Door Sedan CVT 1.6 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Versa 4-Door Sedan CVT 1.6 S 30 38 $12,663 $13,120
Versa 4-Door Sedan CVT 1.6 SL 30 38 $15,423 $15,990
Versa 4-Door Sedan CVT 1.6 SV 30 38 $14,452 $14,980
Versa 4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S 27 36 $10,616 $10,990
Versa 5-Door HB Automatic 1.8 S 24 32 $15,307 $15,870
Versa 5-Door HB CVT 1.8 SL 28 34 $17,923 $18,590
Versa 5-Door HB Manual 1.8 S 26 31 $14,153 $14,670

Pricing

Invoice Price

$15,535
$12,663

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$16,300
$13,120

Monthly Payment Estimate

$272 / month
$219 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.6
6.6

TCC’s Bottom Line

The yardsticks have moved--but the 2012 Kia Rio has kicked itself into contention in a class filled with very good economy cars. The 2012 Nissan Versa is a reasonably comfortable, well-equipped new car for used-car money—but if you're a stickler for the details it can feel as cheap as it is.

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Fuel Economy

City

28 mpg 30 mpg

Highway

36 mpg 38 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact Compact

Interior Dimensions

Front Hip Room (in)

52.1 48.1

Passenger Volume (ft³)

88.4 90.2

Second Leg Room (in)

31.1 37.0

Front Head Room (in)

40.0 39.8

Second Hip Room (in)

51.2 46.2

Front Shoulder Room (in)

53.1 51.7

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Head Room (in)

37.6 36.6

Second Shoulder Room (in)

52.1 51.9

Front Leg Room (in)

43.8 41.8

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Rear (in)

60.0 58.5

Wheelbase (in)

101.2 102.4

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - 28.0

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

67.7 66.7

Track Width, Front (in)

59.9 58.3

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.5 6.8

Length, Overall (in)

171.9 175.4

Height, Overall (in)

57.3 59.6

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

13.7 13.1

Brakes

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA 8.0 x - TBD -

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.1 x 0.9 10.02 x 0.87

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA Yes

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes NA

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.3 x 0.4 NA

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

11.4 10.8

Steering

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

2.8 2.96

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - 37.2

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

15.5 16.8

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

34.5 34.8

Steering Type

Electric Pwr Pwr

Tires

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P185/65R15 P185/65R15

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P185/65R15 P185/65R15

Spare Tire Size

NA T125/70D15

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2403 2410

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

15 x 5.5 15 x 5.5

Front Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Spare Wheel Material

NA Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

15 x 5.5 15 x 5.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA 15 x - TBD -

Rear Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

6.3 7.2

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

540 470

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

110 110

Engine

Engine Type

Gas I4 Gas I4

Fuel System

Direct Injection SMPI

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

123 @ 4850 107 @ 4400

Engine Order Code

NA HR16DE

Displacement

1.6L/97 1.6L/97

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

138 @ 6300 109 @ 6000

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

31 33

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

36 38

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

28 30

Transmission

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.27 3.75

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.39 NA

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Continuously Variable

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.77 NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.40 - TBD -

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.83 NA

Trans Type

6 1

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.44 - TBD -

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.72 NA

Summary

Vehicle Name

Kia Rio Nissan Versa

Body Style

Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut Independent Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

NA 0.87

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

0.79 0.91

Suspension Type - Rear

Torsion Beam Torsion Beam

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

5.9 5.7

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

- - TBD -

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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