2011 Nissan
Versa SL
vs. 2012 Honda
Civic EX

2012 Honda Civic EX

9.7

starting from

$20,475
"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 EX

Badge
OK brakes
Disc
Badge
Average number of gears
5
Badge
Better suspension
Independent
Badge
OK braking distance from 60mph
126 ft
2011 Nissan Versa SL

9.0

Runner-up

Nissan Versa SL

starting from

$18,170

Reasons to buy the Nissan Versa SL

Badge
Has continuously-variable transmission
Badge
Average-sized back seats
42.7 ft3
Badge
Child door locks
Standard
Badge
Navigation system
Optional
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2012 Honda Civic EX Winner: Civic EX
[details]
  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Civic EX's standard sun roof
Performance 10.0 vs 7.8
2012 Honda Civic EX Winner: Civic EX
[details]
  • The Civic EX has 5 more gears, which can improve performance, 5 vs Continuously variable
  • The Civic EX's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 19.1 lb/hp vs 22.6 lb/hp
  • More than 10% more powerful, 140 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.0
2012 Honda Civic EX Winner: Civic EX
[details]
  • The Civic EX's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Civic EX's satellite radio
  • The Civic EX has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 7 vs 6
Safety Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
[details]
  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Versa SL; optional upgrade on the Civic EX
Practicality 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
[details]
  • The Versa SL offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Civic EX
  • The Versa SL has 1 more cupholder, 5 vs 4
  • Room for more than 50% more stuff, 17.8 ft3 vs 11.7 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
[details]
  • Both very efficient in the city
  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
Missing information
[details]
Road Tests - vs 10.0
Missing information
[details]
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
  • Both have subpar cornering abilities
Overall 9.7 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Honda
Civic EX
2012 Honda Civic EX
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
Help
moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Civic EX's standard sun roof
Help
power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
Help
keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
Help
leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Performance

Honda
Civic EX
2012 Honda Civic EX
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
Help
Horsepower 140 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM Underpowered
Help
Number of gears 5 vs Continuously variable The Civic EX has an OK number of gears, while the Versa SL has very few
Help
Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The Versa SL's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
Help
paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
Help
Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Help
Power-to-weight ratio 19.1 lb/hp vs 22.6 lb/hp Both Civic EX and Versa SL are sluggish relative to their competitors
Help
Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Help
Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.5 ft vs 34.2 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

Honda
Civic EX
2012 Honda Civic EX
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
Help
Number of speakers 7 vs 6 The Civic EX has an OK number of speakers, while the Versa SL has very few
Help
Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
Help
CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
Help
premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Civic EX's satellite radio
Help
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
Help
Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Civic EX has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
Help
entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Safety Features

Honda
Civic EX
2012 Honda Civic EX
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
Help
antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
Help
Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
Help
Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
Help
Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Civic EX has good brakes for high-performance driving
Help
child door locks Not Available vs Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Versa SL; optional upgrade on the Civic EX
Help
Roadside assistance system None vs None

Practicality

Honda
Civic EX
2012 Honda Civic EX
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
Help
Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
Help
Highway driving range 475 miles vs 449 miles Average highway range
Help
Cargo space 11.7 ft3 vs 17.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
Help
front seats 50.7 ft3 vs 52.0 ft3 The Versa SL has average-sized front seats, while the Civic EX is very cramped
Help
folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Help
power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
Help
roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
Help
navigation system Not Available vs Optional The Versa SL offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Civic EX
Help
Cupholders 4 vs 5 The Versa SL has a good number of cupholders, but the Civic EX is just OK
Help
front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Honda
Civic EX
2012 Honda Civic EX
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
Help
MSRP $20,475 vs $18,170 Inexpensive
Help
In-city gas mileage 28 mpg vs 28 mpg Both very efficient in the city
Help
basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
Help
basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Civic EX
2012 Honda Civic EX
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
Help
Rollover resistance Unknown vs 4 stars
Help
Front driver crash test Unknown vs 3 stars
Help
Driver side crash test Unknown vs 2 stars

Road Tests

Honda
Civic EX
2012 Honda Civic EX
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
Help
0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs 10.1 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Help
Braking distance at 60mph 126 ft vs 145 ft The Civic EX's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Versa SL is quite bad
Help
1/4 mile 16.8 s @ 82 mph vs 17.8 s @ 80 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
Help
Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.75 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
Help
Top speed Unknown vs 113 mph

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 2011 Toyota Matrix Versa vs Matrix
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2012 Ford Focus SEL Versa SL vs Focus SEL
2011 Nissan Versa 2011 Chevrolet Aveo LS Versa vs Aveo LS
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Civic Si vs Lancer GTS
2012 Honda Civic EX 2011 Honda CR-V Civic EX vs CR-V
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid 2011 Honda Insight Civic Hybrid vs Insight
2012 Honda Civic DX 2011 Honda Fit Civic DX vs Fit
2012 Honda Civic Si 2012 Audi A3 Premium Civic Si vs A3 Premium

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

Showing 0 comments