2016 Nissan Versa vs. Its Competition

2016 Nissan Versa

The main virtues of the 2016 Nissan Versa, in both sedan and Note hatchback models, are interior space and value for money.

But both the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit are more enjoyable to drive, and the Fit is even more versatile inside, with its low floor and multi-configurable Magic Seat.

New last year, it offers more modern features too.

The Fiesta is nicely detailed and refined inside and out, but smaller in all dimensions.

The Chevy Sonic feels like a more expensive car even though it's as old as the Versa, and it adds excellent safety plus a better ride and a comfortable interior.

The Hyundai Accent is a step above in trim and switchgear, while the Toyota Yaris is competent but not class-leading in any single aspect.

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Quick Specs
6.2
The 2016 Nissan Versa sedan and Versa Note hatchback are no-frills transportation with plenty of space, but poor safety and performance ratings.
7.8
Despite its five years largely unchanged, the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic remains stylish and comfortable, and it scores big not only on safety ratings, but also driving fun.
7.6
The 2016 Fiesta offers fun and features not expected at these prices, but it lacks interior space compared to top rivals.
8.0
The 2016 Honda Fit isn't as entertaining to drive as it once was, but it's unmatched in safety and space, thanks to the Magic Seat.
6.6
The 2016 Hyundai Accent is a practical and economical subcompact car, but crash-test scores are below par.
6.8
The 2016 Toyota Yaris is Toyota's least expensive model, but it doesn't stand out in any particular category.
MSRP From     
$11,990$14,345$14,580$15,890$14,745$14,895
Gas Mileage     
26 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsSmall Station WagonCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-Door Sedan S5-Door HB Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual SE3-Door Liftback Manual L (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanHatchbackSedanLiftback
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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