2010 Nissan Versa vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

If we’re being honest, the best vehicle in this smallest, cheapest class of cars is the Honda Fit.

Although the Fit is more expensive than the rest and it’s only available as a hatchback, it feels sporty and substantial on the road.

With its good safety, responsive performance, and an excellent Magic Seat arrangement in back that trumps ordinary fold-forward arrangements, the Fit has impressed many a reviewer with its total package.

The Chevrolet Aveo is the other pick of the bunch for ride quality, but the Aveo has unimpressive fuel economy and safety.

Toyota’s Yaris has the best fuel economy, at up to 36 mpg highway, but it doesn’t feel as roomy or refined as other offerings.

Meanwhile, Kia's Rio and Rio5 hatchback feel sportier than the rest of the crowd, as does the xD.

The Versa’s roominess is a plus, however, and with more standard safety features for 2010, it’s still a good option.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 Nissan Versa is one of the best-value cars available on the market. Just remember that at its cheapest, you won’t be getting too much in the way of features.
If most of your driving is around town with little interstate travel, the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo and Aveo5 are worth a look, especially if you want a bow tie out front.
The 2008 Honda Fit is one of the smallest cars on the road, but it’s fun to drive, huge inside, and a tremendous value.
The 2008 Toyota Yaris is one of the cheapest, and cheapest to run, of all new vehicles.
At a bargain price that’s not much more than stripper econoboxes, the 2008 Scion xD is a pretty hot little hatch.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-cylGas 4-CylinderGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
CompactCompactSmall Station WagonSubcompactSubcompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.6 Base4-Door Sedan LS5-Door HB Manual3-Door HB Manual (GS)5-Door HB Manual (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan5-Door Hatchback3 Door Hatchback4 Door Wagon
ManualManual w/ODManualManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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