2018 Nissan Versa vs. Its Competition

2018 Nissan Versa
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Nissan Versa sedan and hatchback compete in a segment of small cars aimed at younger buyers who are already looking at crossovers instead.

The Ford Fiesta’s future is uncertain for that reason, and it’s withering on the vine already.

The Chevy Sonic is a good pick in the class thanks to a perky powertrain and a good measure of interior and exterior style.

The Honda Fit is also among the top contenders in the category thanks to a helpful interior and lots of flexibility for cargo.

The Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio are appealing for their prices, but safety scores drag both toward the bottom.

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Quick Specs
3.8
The Nissan Versa is affordable transportation that has an appealing price—especially for students. It’s not quick but it is spacious, especially in hatchback form.
6.0
The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic remains a good choice among subcompacts, though it’s now aging and losing some luster.
4.3
The teensy 2018 Ford Fiesta lives its best life as a scintillating turbo-4 ST.
6.0
The 2018 Honda Fit spaces out when it comes to economy-car goodness.
5.4
The 2018 Hyundai Accent clouds the new-or-used question, but only in well-equipped Limited trim.
5.4
New-car buyers seeking the comforts of a factory warranty can be limited in budget picks. The 2018 Kia Rio does many little things right for not a lot of cash.
MSRP From     
$12,110$15,295$14,205$16,190$14,995$13,900
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy28 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 CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsSmall Station WagonCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
S Manual4-Door Sedan Manual LSS SedanLX ManualSE Sedan ManualLX Manual
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     
SedanSedanSedanHatchbackSedanSedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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