2011 Nissan
Versa
vs. 2011 Nissan
Versa S

2011 Nissan Versa S

10.0

starting from

$16,140

Reasons to buy the Nissan Versa S

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CD player
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Power mirrors
Standard
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Keyless entry
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Cruise control
Optional
2011 Nissan Versa

8.5

Runner-up

Nissan Versa

starting from

$13,180

Reasons to buy the Nissan Versa

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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
25 mpg
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Average range in the city
330 miles
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Average range on the highway
436 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Nissan Versa S Winner: Versa S
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  • You can pay to get keyless entry on the Versa S; not available on the Versa
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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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
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Fewer gears
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Safety Features - vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
  • Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 8.5

Luxury Features

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Versa S
2011 Nissan Versa S
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Versa
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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 Optional vs Not Available Neither has a keyless entry option
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Cost

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Versa S
2011 Nissan Versa S
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Versa
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MSRP $16,140 vs $13,180 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 25 mpg The Versa 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 S
2011 Nissan Versa S
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Versa
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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

Performance

Nissan
Versa S
2011 Nissan Versa S
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Horsepower 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 107 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 4 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 Unknown vs Not Available
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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 22.3 lb/hp vs 24.1 lb/hp Both Versa S and Versa 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 Unknown

Safety Features

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Versa S
2011 Nissan Versa S
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Versa
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs No
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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

Practicality

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Versa S
2011 Nissan Versa S
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 422 miles vs 436 miles The Versa 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 S's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Versa
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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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs 4
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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 S
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 4
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the Versa S; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Versa
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs No
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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Versa S
2011 Nissan Versa S
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Versa
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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

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