2011 Nissan Versa vs. Its Competition

2011 Nissan Versa 5dr HB I4 Auto 1.8 S Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Our favorite vehicle in this class remains the Honda Fit, for many reasons.

The Fit’s a little more fun to drive, handles better, and feels more substantial on the road.

And it has the best layout of all the subcompacts, with a trick Magic Seat arrangement that allows a minivan-like cargo area when needed—and enough space for adults in the back seat.

The Chevrolet Aveo is the other pick of the bunch for ride quality, but the Aveo is in its last year and is thoroughly unimpressive in every other way.

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.

The xD is a little sportier, but it’s an odd package and comes up lacking in interior space, while the new Fiesta feels sporty but isn’t all that roomy, especially compared to the Versa.

2011 Nissan Versa 5dr HB I4 Auto 1.8 S Angular Front Exterior View2011 Nissan Versa
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2011 Chevrolet Aveo (RS Concept, 2010 Detroit Auto Show)2011 Chevrolet Aveo
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2011 Ford Fiesta 2011 Ford Fiesta
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2011 Honda Fit Sport2011 Honda Fit
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2011 Toyota Yaris 4-door Sedan Auto (GS) Angular Front Exterior View2011 Toyota Yaris
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2011 Scion xD 5dr HB Man (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2011 Scion xD
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Quick Specs
For those focused on getting the most comfort and practicality for the least money, the 2011 Nissan Versa is a market standout.
The 2011 Chevrolet Aveo is vastly improved from first glance; we'll reserve final judgement until road-test cars are made available.
If you're set on stylish and small, the 2011 Ford Fiesta might be your only choice, though you might miss the solid, roomy feel of a Fit.
The 2011 Honda Fit is like a mini-minivan in some respects, with an incredibly space-efficient design; yet it's peppy, frugal, and fun to drive.
The 2011 Toyota Yaris is a great city car for cost-conscious commuters, though those who expect a top-notch list of connectivity features will be disappointed.
The 2011 Scion xD offers an impressive list of features and sporty accessories, but it's not as much fun to drive as its image suggests.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylinderGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
CompactCompactSubcompactSmall Station WagonSubcompactSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.6 Base4-Door Sedan LS4-Door Sedan S5-Door HB Manual3-Door Liftback Manual (GS)5-Door HB Manual (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4-Door Sedan5 Door Hatchback3 Door Hatchback4 Door Wagon
ManualManual w/ODManualManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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