2011 Nissan
Versa SL
vs. 2012 Honda
Civic DX

2011 Nissan Versa SL

9.8

starting from

$17,410

Reasons to buy the Nissan Versa SL

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Front air conditioning
Standard
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Power locks
Standard
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CD player
Standard
2012 Honda Civic DX

8.6

Runner-up

Honda Civic DX

starting from

$16,375
"The 2011 Honda Civic is a perfectly enjoyable way to travel."
kbb.com | talking about the Civic's ride quality
"The Civic's two-tier execution seems to make all the sense in the world."
kbb.com | talking about the Civic's controls

Reasons to buy the Honda Civic DX

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Better suspension
Independent
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OK braking distance from 60mph
126 ft
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Good highway fuel efficiency
36 mpg
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Mediocre cornering
0.81 g
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • The Versa SL has 3 more cupholders, 5 vs 2
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • Almost the same
Performance 9.0 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic DX Winner: Civic DX
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  • The Civic DX's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 18.5 lb/hp vs 22.4 lb/hp
  • The Civic DX has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 5 vs 4
  • More than 10% more powerful, 140 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
  • Both have subpar cornering abilities
Overall 9.8 vs 8.6

Luxury Features

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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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 Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Versa SL; not available on the Civic DX
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Practicality

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 422 miles vs 475 miles The Civic DX has OK highway range, but the Versa SL is very limited
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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 51.3 ft3 The Versa SL has average-sized front seats, while the Civic DX 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 DX
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Cupholders 5 vs 2 The Versa SL has a good number of cupholders, but the Civic DX does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Not Available On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Civic DX, but the Versa SL will get you around in comfort

Safety Features

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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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 Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Versa SL; optional upgrade on the Civic DX
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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Horsepower 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 140 HP @ 6,500 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 4 vs 5 The Civic DX 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 18.5 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 34.2 ft vs 35.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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MSRP $17,410 vs $16,375 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 28 mpg The Civic DX 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

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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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

Entertainment System

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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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 Civic DX does not
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the Versa SL; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Civic DX
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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 Versa SL 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

Road Tests

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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0-60 mph 10.3 seconds vs 8.9 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 126 ft The Civic DX's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Versa SL is quite bad
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 78 mph vs 16.8 s @ 82 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs 0.81 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 113 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Nissan Versa SL 2012 Ford Focus Titanium Versa SL vs Focus Titanium
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 2011 Toyota Matrix Versa SL vs Matrix
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 Honda CR-V Civic Si vs CR-V
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid 2011 Honda Insight Civic Hybrid vs Insight
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Honda CR-Z Civic Si vs CR-Z

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