2011 Nissan
Sentra
vs. 2011 Nissan
Versa

2011 Nissan Sentra

9.2

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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Has stability control system
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Front air conditioning
Standard
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Has auxiliary audio input
2011 Nissan Versa

7.6

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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Good city fuel efficiency
26 mpg
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Very inexpensive
$10,750
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Average-sized back seats
42.3 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 6.0
2011 Nissan Sentra Winner: Sentra
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  • Rock on in the Sentra ; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Versa
  • The Sentra 's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
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
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.1
2011 Nissan Sentra Winner: Sentra
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  • Drive with confidence in the Sentra , consider upgrading the Versa to get antilock brakes
  • The Sentra 's electronic stability control reduces the risk of skidding during cornering
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Nissan Sentra Winner: Sentra
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  • On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Versa , but the Sentra will get you around in comfort
  • The Sentra 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Versa
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 56.7 ft3 vs 52.0 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 5.5
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither has a power seat option
  • Neither offers a leather interior
Road Tests - 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
Overall 9.2 vs 7.6

Entertainment System

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Sentra
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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 Sentra ; 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 Sentra 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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Crash Test Ratings

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Sentra
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2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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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

Safety Features

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Sentra
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antilock brakes Standard vs Optional Drive with confidence in the Sentra , consider upgrading the Versa to get antilock brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs No The Sentra has electronic stability control, but the Versa does not
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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

Practicality

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Sentra
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 450 miles vs 449 miles Average highway range
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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 is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Sentra '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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Not Available On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Versa , but the Sentra will get you around in comfort

Cost

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Sentra
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MSRP $16,820 vs $10,750 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 26 mpg The Versa has great city mileage and the Sentra 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

Luxury Features

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Sentra
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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 Not Available Neither has a keyless entry option
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Road Tests

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Sentra
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Versa
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0-60 mph 9.7 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 135 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 17.5 s @ 80 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

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Sentra
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2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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Horsepower 140 HP @ 5,100 RPM vs 107 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 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 to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 20.4 lb/hp vs 23.5 lb/hp Both Sentra and Versa 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 Unknown

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2011 Nissan Versa SL 2012 Ford Focus SEL Versa SL vs Focus SEL
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2011 Nissan Versa 2011 Toyota Matrix Versa vs Matrix

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