2011 Nissan
Versa SL
vs. 2012 Ford
Focus Titanium

2012 Ford Focus Titanium

10.0

starting from

$23,495

Reasons to buy the Ford Focus Titanium

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OK brakes
Disc
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Great braking distance from 60mph
110 ft
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Better suspension
Independent
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Good cornering ability
0.88 g
2011 Nissan Versa SL

8.8

Runner-up

Nissan Versa SL

starting from

$17,410

Reasons to buy the Nissan Versa SL

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CD changer
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Average-sized back seats
42.3 ft3
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Comparable turning radius
34.2 ft
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More cupholders
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Road Tests 10.0 vs 7.6
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Winner: Focus Titanium
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  • The Focus Titanium needs around 20% less space to stop from 60mph, 110 ft vs 137 ft
  • The Focus Titanium can change direction around 20% faster, 0.88 g vs 0.75 g
  • Around 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 16.3 s s @ 86.7 mph mph vs 18.0 s s @ 78.0 mph mph
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.8
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Winner: Focus Titanium
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  • The Focus Titanium's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Almost the same
  • The Focus Titanium has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Performance 10.0 vs 8.1
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Winner: Focus Titanium
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  • Almost the same
  • The Focus Titanium's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • The Focus Titanium has 2 more gears, which can improve performance, 6 vs 4
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.2
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Winner: Focus Titanium
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  • Almost the same
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.7
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Winner: Focus Titanium
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  • Disc brakes on the Focus Titanium can provide better stopping action
  • The Focus Titanium has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • The best price we've seen is $6,085 cheaper (around 30% less), $17,410 vs $23,495
Practicality 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
Missing information
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Overall 10.0 vs 8.8

Road Tests

Ford
Focus Titanium
2012 Ford Focus Titanium
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
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0-60 mph 8.3 seconds vs 10.3 seconds The Focus Titanium's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Versa SL is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 110 ft vs 137 ft The Focus Titanium has extraordinary brakes, but the Versa SL is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.3 s s @ 86.7 mph mph vs 18.0 s s @ 78.0 mph mph The Focus Titanium's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Versa SL's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.88 g vs 0.75 g The Focus Titanium has good cornering abilities, but the Versa SL is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed 115 mph vs 113 mph Both have a very low top speed

Entertainment System

Ford
Focus Titanium
2012 Ford Focus Titanium
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The Focus Titanium has more speakers, but the Versa SL has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Focus Titanium's 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 Yes vs No The Focus Titanium has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Performance

Ford
Focus Titanium
2012 Ford Focus Titanium
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
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Horsepower 160 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 4 The Focus Titanium has an OK number of gears, while the Versa SL has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The Focus Titanium's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The Focus Titanium comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Versa SL
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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 18.1 lb/hp vs 22.4 lb/hp The Focus Titanium has OK performance while the Versa SL gives sluggish performance
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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 36.0 ft vs 34.2 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Luxury Features

Ford
Focus Titanium
2012 Ford Focus Titanium
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 Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Focus Titanium

Safety Features

Ford
Focus Titanium
2012 Ford Focus Titanium
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
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 6 vs 5 The Focus Titanium has a good number of airbags, but the Versa SL is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Focus Titanium has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system MyFord vs None

Cost

Ford
Focus Titanium
2012 Ford Focus Titanium
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
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MSRP $23,495 vs $17,410 The Versa SL has a great price and the Focus Titanium is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 28 mpg vs 24 mpg The Focus Titanium 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

Practicality

Ford
Focus Titanium
2012 Ford Focus Titanium
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 471 miles vs 422 miles The Focus Titanium has OK highway range, but the Versa SL is very limited
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Cargo space 23.8 ft3 vs 13.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.6 ft3 vs 52.0 ft3 Both average size 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 Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 2 vs 5 The Versa SL has a good number of cupholders, but the Focus Titanium does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Focus Titanium
2012 Ford Focus Titanium
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
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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

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Nissan Versa SL 2011 Toyota Corolla Versa SL vs Corolla
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2011 Nissan Sentra Versa SL vs Sentra
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT Versa SL vs Aveo LT
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2012 Honda Civic DX Versa SL vs Civic DX
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2011 Toyota Matrix Versa SL vs Matrix
2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2011 Kia Rio LX Focus Titanium vs Rio LX
2012 Ford Focus SE 2011 Honda Fit Focus SE vs Fit
2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Focus Titanium vs Accent GLS
2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2011 Toyota Prius Four Focus Titanium vs Prius Four
2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2012 Ford Fusion SE Focus Titanium vs Fusion SE

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