2011 Jeep
Patriot
vs. 2011 Nissan
Versa SL

2011 Nissan Versa SL

9.7

starting from

$18,170

Reasons to buy the Nissan Versa SL

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Front air conditioning
Standard
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
34 mpg
2011 Jeep Patriot

9.5

Runner-up

Jeep Patriot

starting from

$16,745

Reasons to buy the Jeep Patriot

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Average number of gears
5
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Roof rails
Standard
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Best suspension
Independent
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Entertainment system
Optional
Performance 8.3 vs 10.0
2011 Jeep Patriot Winner: Patriot
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  • The Patriot has 5 more gears, which can improve performance, 5 vs Continuously variable
  • The Patriot 's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 19.7 lb/hp vs 22.6 lb/hp
  • Around 30% more powerful, 158 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM
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 Patriot
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Patriot , but the Versa SL will get you around in comfort
  • The Versa SL offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Patriot
  • The Versa SL has 3 more cupholders, 5 vs 2
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • The Versa SL has 1 more airbag (including Side), 5 vs 4
Entertainment System 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Jeep Patriot Winner: Patriot
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  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Patriot ; but it's not available at all on the Versa SL
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both get great city mileage, however the Versa SL in particular gets exceptional mileage
  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.7 vs 9.5

Performance

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Jeep Patriot Jeep
Patriot
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Horsepower 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 158 HP @ 6,400 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 5 The Patriot 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 for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.6 lb/hp vs 19.7 lb/hp Both Patriot and Versa SL are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs two-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 35.6 ft Both vehicles can make tight turns

Luxury Features

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Jeep Patriot Jeep
Patriot
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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 Patriot
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Practicality

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Jeep Patriot Jeep
Patriot
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 449 miles vs 394 miles The Versa SL has OK highway range, but the Patriot is very limited
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Cargo space 17.8 ft3 vs 54.2 ft3 The Patriot has OK cargo room, while the Versa SL has very little
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front seats 52.0 ft3 vs 52.3 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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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 Standard Need to carry bulky cargo? The Patriot 's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Versa SL cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Versa SL offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Patriot
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Cupholders 5 vs 2 The Versa SL has an OK number of cupholders while the Patriot has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Not Available On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Patriot , but the Versa SL will get you around in comfort

Safety Features

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Jeep Patriot Jeep
Patriot
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 4 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 None vs Uconnect

Entertainment System

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Versa SL
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2011 Jeep Patriot Jeep
Patriot
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Number of speakers 6 vs 4 The Versa SL has an OK number of speakers, while the Patriot has very few
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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 Patriot 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 Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Patriot ; but it's not available at all on the Versa SL

Cost

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Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Jeep Patriot Jeep
Patriot
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MSRP $18,170 vs $16,745 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 28 mpg vs 23 mpg Both get great city mileage, however the Versa SL in particular gets exceptional mileage
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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 Jeep Patriot Jeep
Patriot
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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

Road Tests

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Jeep Patriot Jeep
Patriot
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0-60 mph 10.1 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 145 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 17.8 s @ 80 mph vs Unknown
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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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