2011 Nissan
Sentra
vs. 2011 Nissan
Versa SL

2011 Nissan Versa SL

9.4

starting from

$17,410

Reasons to buy the Nissan Versa SL

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Power mirrors
Standard
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Cruise control
Standard
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Navigation system
Optional
2011 Nissan Sentra

9.2

Runner-up

Nissan Sentra

starting from

$16,820

Reasons to buy the Nissan Sentra

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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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Less safe for the driver in head-on collisions
4 stars
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Spacious front seats
56.7 ft3
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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
3 stars
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 7.2
2011 Nissan Sentra Winner: Sentra
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  • The Sentra has 4.6x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 2 stars
  • The Sentra has 1.8x less risk of serious injury, 4 stars vs 3 stars
Performance 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Nissan Sentra Winner: Sentra
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  • The Sentra has 2 more gears, which can improve performance, 6 vs 4
  • The Sentra 's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 20.4 lb/hp vs 22.4 lb/hp
  • More than 10% more powerful, 140 HP @ 5,100 RPM vs 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM
Entertainment System 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • The Versa SL's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The Versa SL has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Practicality 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • Almost the same
  • The Versa SL has 1 more cupholder, 5 vs 4
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
  • Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
Overall 9.2 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

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Sentra
2011 Nissan Sentra
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
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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 Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Versa SL; not available on the Sentra
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Crash Test Ratings

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Sentra
2011 Nissan Sentra
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 2 stars The better is 4.6x safer than the Versa SL

Performance

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Sentra
2011 Nissan Sentra
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
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Horsepower 140 HP @ 5,100 RPM vs 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 4 The Sentra has an OK number of gears, while the Versa SL has very few
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic 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 20.4 lb/hp vs 22.4 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 35.4 ft vs 34.2 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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Sentra
2011 Nissan Sentra
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
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Number of speakers 4 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Versa SL's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Sentra 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

Practicality

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Sentra
2011 Nissan Sentra
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 450 miles vs 422 miles The Sentra has OK highway range, but the Versa SL is very limited
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Cargo space 13.1 ft3 vs 13.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.7 ft3 vs 52.0 ft3 The Sentra has roomy front seats and the Versa SL is OK
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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 Not Available vs Optional The Versa SL offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Sentra
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Cupholders 4 vs 5 The Versa SL has a good number of cupholders, but the Sentra is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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Sentra
2011 Nissan Sentra
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Versa SL
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MSRP $16,820 vs $17,410 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 24 mpg Both get OK mileage 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

Safety Features

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Sentra
2011 Nissan Sentra
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Versa SL
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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 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 None vs None

Road Tests

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Sentra
2011 Nissan Sentra
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
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0-60 mph 9.7 seconds vs 10.3 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 135 ft vs 137 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 17.5 s @ 80 mph vs 18.0 s @ 78 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.75 g
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Top speed Unknown vs 113 mph

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2011 Nissan Versa SL 2011 Toyota Corolla Versa SL vs Corolla
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2011 Toyota Matrix Versa SL vs Matrix
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2012 Honda Civic DX Versa SL vs Civic DX
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2012 Ford Focus Titanium Versa SL vs Focus Titanium
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