2011 Jeep
Patriot
vs. 2011 Nissan
Versa

2011 Jeep Patriot

10.0

starting from

$16,745

Reasons to buy the Jeep Patriot

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Has stability control system
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Cruise control
Standard
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CD player
Standard
2011 Nissan Versa

7.7

Runner-up

Nissan Versa

starting from

$10,750

Reasons to buy the Nissan Versa

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Good highway fuel efficiency
34 mpg
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Power locks
Standard
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Average number of airbags
5
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Good city fuel efficiency
26 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Jeep Patriot Winner: Patriot
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  • You can pay to get keyless entry on the Patriot ; not available on the Versa
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 5.9
2011 Jeep Patriot Winner: Patriot
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  • Rock on in the Patriot ; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Versa
  • The Patriot 's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Patriot ; but it's not available at all on the Versa
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.3
2011 Jeep Patriot Winner: Patriot
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  • The Patriot 's electronic stability control reduces the risk of skidding during cornering
  • Drive with confidence in the Patriot , consider upgrading the Versa to get antilock brakes
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Jeep Patriot Winner: Patriot
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  • Need to carry bulky cargo? The Patriot 's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Versa cannot be configured with them at any price
  • The Patriot 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Versa
  • Room for around 4x more stuff, 54.2 ft3 vs 13.8 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Both very efficient in the city
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Both Patriot and Versa are sluggish relative to their competitors
  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
Overall 10.0 vs 7.7

Luxury Features

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Patriot
2011 Jeep Patriot
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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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 Optional vs Not Available Both offer keyless entry options
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Entertainment System

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Patriot
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2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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Number of speakers 4 vs 4 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the Patriot ; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Versa
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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 No The Patriot can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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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 Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Patriot ; but it's not available at all on the Versa

Safety Features

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Patriot
2011 Jeep Patriot
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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antilock brakes Standard vs Optional Drive with confidence in the Patriot , consider upgrading the Versa to get antilock brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs No The Patriot has electronic stability control, but the Versa does not
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Airbags 4 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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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 Uconnect vs None

Practicality

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Patriot
2011 Jeep Patriot
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 394 miles vs 449 miles The Versa has OK highway range, but the Patriot is very limited
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Cargo space 54.2 ft3 vs 13.8 ft3 The Patriot has OK cargo room, while the Versa has very little
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front seats 52.3 ft3 vs 52.0 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Patriot 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Versa
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Standard vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The Patriot 's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Versa cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 2 vs 4 The Versa has an OK number of cupholders while the Patriot has very few
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front air conditioning Not Available vs Not Available No A/C

Cost

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Patriot
2011 Jeep Patriot
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
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MSRP $16,745 vs $10,750 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 26 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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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

Road Tests

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Patriot
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Versa
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0-60 mph Unknown vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs Unknown
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1/4 mile Unknown vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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Patriot
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2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 4 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 3 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 2 stars

Performance

Jeep
Patriot
2011 Jeep Patriot
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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Horsepower 158 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 107 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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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 for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.7 lb/hp vs 23.5 lb/hp Both Patriot and Versa are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type two-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 35.6 ft vs Unknown

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2011 Nissan Versa 2011 Toyota Matrix Versa vs Matrix
2011 Nissan Versa 2011 Chevrolet Aveo LS Versa vs Aveo LS
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2012 Ford Focus SEL Versa SL vs Focus SEL
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2011 Honda Fit Versa SL vs Fit

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