2021 Nissan Versa vs. Its Competition

2021 Nissan Versa
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

We like small cars and we cannot lie.

The Versa’s tempting beyond its low sticker price—but so are the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio, which offer similar features for a low price.

The Chevy Sonic is not long for this world, and TBH it was better when the interior looked like a motorcycle.

The Honda Fit is a hatchback and it’s more practical than the sedans on our list—it’s also more expensive, and it’s also not returning for the 2021 model year, same as the Toyota Yaris, which was actually a Mazda behind the badge.

2021 Nissan Versa2021 Nissan Versa
2021 Hyundai Accent2021 Hyundai Accent
2020 Chevrolet Sonic2020 Chevrolet Sonic
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Quick Specs
The 2021 Nissan Versa doesn’t claim the cheapest-car title anymore—and it doesn’t look, feel, or drive like it anymore, either.
The 2021 Hyundai Accent is cheap and cheerful, but chintzy on safety.
The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic looks and drives younger than its age, and still offers value and a pinch of fun.
The 2020 Honda Fit is a versatile and relatively fun hatchback with impressive features and capability.
The 2020 Kia Rio is a small car with a quality feel.
The 2020 Toyota Yaris hatchback returns as a complement to the subcompact sedan.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy33 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsSmall Station WagonsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
S ManualSE Sedan Manual4-Door Sedan LSLX ManualLX IVTL Manual (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Manual w/ODManual w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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