2011 Chevrolet
Aveo LT
vs. 2011 Nissan
Versa SL

2011 Nissan Versa SL

10.0

starting from

$17,410

Reasons to buy the Nissan Versa SL

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Has stability control system
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Average number of airbags
5
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Antilock brakes
Standard
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Power windows
Standard
2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT

9.0

Runner-up

Chevrolet Aveo LT

starting from

$14,860

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Aveo LT

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Good highway fuel efficiency
35 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
27 mpg
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Has rear spoiler
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Average number of gears
5
Safety Features 10.0 vs 7.4
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • Drive with confidence in the Versa SL, consider upgrading the Aveo LT to get antilock brakes
  • The Versa SL's electronic stability control reduces the risk of skidding during cornering
  • The Versa SL has 2 more airbags (including Rear Curtain, Head / Curtain), 5 vs 3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Versa SL; optional upgrade on the Aveo LT
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • Almost the same
  • The Versa SL has 2 more cupholders, 5 vs 3
  • Almost the same, 52.0 ft3 vs 50.3 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • The Versa SL's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 10.0 vs 9.0

Safety Features

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT Chevrolet
Aveo LT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Optional Drive with confidence in the Versa SL, consider upgrading the Aveo LT to get antilock brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs No The Versa SL has electronic stability control, but the Aveo LT does not
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Airbags 5 vs 3 The Versa SL has an OK number of airbags while the Aveo LT has very few (missing Rear Curtain, Head / Curtain)
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Rear brakes Drum vs Drum Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs OnStar

Luxury Features

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT Chevrolet
Aveo LT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Optional The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Versa SL; optional upgrade on the Aveo LT
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Practicality

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT Chevrolet
Aveo LT
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 422 miles vs 420 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 13.8 ft3 vs 12.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.0 ft3 vs 50.3 ft3 The Versa SL has average-sized front seats, while the Aveo LT is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Versa SL offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Aveo LT
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Cupholders 5 vs 3 The Versa SL has a good number of cupholders, but the Aveo LT is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT Chevrolet
Aveo LT
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Versa SL's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Aveo LT does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Cost

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT Chevrolet
Aveo LT
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MSRP $17,410 vs $14,860 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 27 mpg The Aveo LT has great city mileage and the Versa SL is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT Chevrolet
Aveo LT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 3 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 2 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT Chevrolet
Aveo LT
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Horsepower 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 108 HP @ 6,400 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 4 vs 5 The Aveo LT has an OK number of gears, while the Versa SL has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Versa SL's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.4 lb/hp vs 23.8 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.2 ft vs Unknown

Road Tests

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT Chevrolet
Aveo LT
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0-60 mph 10.3 seconds vs 11.6 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 133 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 78 mph vs 18.6 s @ 75 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 113 mph vs Unknown

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