2011 Nissan
Versa S
vs. 2011 Nissan
Versa SL

2011 Nissan Versa SL

9.8

starting from

$18,170

Reasons to buy the Nissan Versa SL

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Folding rear seats
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Good city fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Average range in the city
370 miles
2011 Nissan Versa S

9.6

Runner-up

Nissan Versa S

starting from

$15,860

Reasons to buy the Nissan Versa S

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Fewer gears
4
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Lengthy braking distance from 60mph
137 ft
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Less sporty performance
22.1 lb/hp
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Versa SL; optional upgrade on the Versa S
Road Tests 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Versa S Winner: Versa S
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  • The Versa S needs around 10% less space to stop from 60mph, 137 ft vs 145 ft
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 10.0
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
  • Poor protection, 21% to 35% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
  • Poor protection, 21% to 25% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
  • Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
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
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

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Versa SL
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2011 Nissan Versa S Nissan
Versa S
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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 Optional The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Versa SL; optional upgrade on the Versa S
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Road Tests

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Versa SL
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2011 Nissan Versa S Nissan
Versa S
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0-60 mph 10.1 seconds vs 10.3 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 145 ft vs 137 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 17.8 s @ 80 mph vs 18.0 s @ 78 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs 0.75 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 113 mph vs 113 mph Both have a very low top speed

Cost

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Versa SL
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Versa S
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MSRP $18,170 vs $15,860 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 28 mpg vs 24 mpg The Versa SL has great city mileage and the Versa S 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

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Versa SL
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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 3 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 21% to 35% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 2 stars vs 2 stars Poor protection, 21% to 25% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Safety Features

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Versa SL
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2011 Nissan Versa S Nissan
Versa S
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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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

Performance

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Versa SL
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Versa S
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Horsepower 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 4 Fewer gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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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 22.6 lb/hp vs 22.1 lb/hp Both Versa S and Versa SL 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 34.2 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

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 449 miles vs 422 miles The Versa SL has OK highway range, but the Versa S is very limited
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Cargo space 17.8 ft3 vs 13.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.0 ft3 vs 52.0 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Versa SL's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Versa S
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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 Versa S
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Cupholders 5 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Versa SL
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Versa S
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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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 Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

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2011 Nissan Versa SL 2012 Ford Focus SEL Versa SL vs Focus SEL
2011 Nissan Versa 2011 Chevrolet Aveo LS Versa vs Aveo LS
2011 Nissan Versa 2011 Nissan Sentra Versa vs Sentra

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