2011 Nissan
Versa SL
vs. 2012 Honda
Civic Si

2012 Honda Civic Si

9.6

starting from

$22,975
"A model of simplicity."
edmunds.com | talking about the Civic's stereo
"Slick shifter."
edmunds.com | talking about the Civic's transmission

Reasons to buy the Honda Civic Si

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OK brakes
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Better suspension
Independent
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OK performance
14.3 lb/hp
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Average number of gears
6
2011 Nissan Versa SL

9.0

Runner-up

Nissan Versa SL

starting from

$17,410

Reasons to buy the Nissan Versa SL

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Average-sized back seats
42.3 ft3
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Child door locks
Standard
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Navigation system
Optional
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CD changer
Standard
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Civic Si's standard sun roof
Entertainment System 8.0 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • The Civic Si's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Civic Si's satellite radio
  • The Civic Si has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 7 vs 6
Performance 8.3 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • The Civic Si's power-to-weight ratio is around 40% better, providing a sportier ride, 14.3 lb/hp vs 22.4 lb/hp
  • The Civic Si has 2 more gears, which can improve performance, 6 vs 4
  • More than 60% more powerful, 201 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Versa SL; optional upgrade on the Civic Si
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • The Versa SL offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Civic Si
  • The Versa SL has 1 more cupholder, 5 vs 4
  • Almost the same, 52.0 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 24 mpg vs 22 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $5,565 cheaper (more than 20% less), $17,410 vs $22,975
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.0 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Civic Si's standard 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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Entertainment System

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Number of speakers 6 vs 7 The Civic Si has an OK number of speakers, while 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 Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Civic Si'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 No vs Yes The Civic Si 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

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Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Horsepower 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 201 HP @ 7,000 RPM The Civic Si is of average power, but the Versa SL is underpowered
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Number of gears 4 vs 6 The Civic Si 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 to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.4 lb/hp vs 14.3 lb/hp The Civic Si 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 34.2 ft vs 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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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 Disc The Civic Si has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Versa SL; optional upgrade on the Civic Si
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Practicality

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Versa SL
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 422 miles vs 409 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 13.8 ft3 vs 11.7 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.0 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3 The Versa SL has average-sized front seats, while the Civic Si is very cramped
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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 Not Available The Versa SL offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Civic Si
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Cupholders 5 vs 4 The Versa SL has a good number of cupholders, but the Civic Si 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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Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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MSRP $17,410 vs $22,975 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 22 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

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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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
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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0-60 mph 10.3 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 78 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 113 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Nissan Versa SL 2011 Toyota Corolla Versa SL vs Corolla
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2011 Honda Fit Versa SL vs Fit
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT Versa SL vs Aveo LT
2011 Nissan Versa 2011 Nissan Sentra Versa vs Sentra
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2012 Ford Focus Titanium Versa SL vs Focus Titanium
2012 Honda Civic DX 2011 Honda Fit Civic DX vs Fit
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Civic Si vs Impreza WRX
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Civic Si vs Lancer GTS
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid 2011 Honda Insight Civic Hybrid vs Insight
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 MINI Cooper Civic Si vs Cooper

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