2011 Nissan
Versa SL
vs. 2011 Toyota
Corolla

2011 Toyota Corolla

9.4

starting from

$16,660

Reasons to buy the Toyota Corolla

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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
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OK cornering
0.83 g
2011 Nissan Versa SL

9.4

starting from

$17,410

Reasons to buy the Nissan Versa SL

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Power windows
Standard
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Power locks
Standard
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Cruise control
Standard
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 6.8
2011 Toyota Corolla Winner: Corolla
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  • The Corolla has 4.6x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 2 stars
  • The Corolla has 3.9x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 3 stars
Road Tests 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Toyota Corolla Winner: Corolla
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  • The Corolla can change direction more than 10% faster, 0.83 g vs 0.75 g
  • Around 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 16.8 s s @ 83.0 mph mph vs 18.0 s s @ 78.0 mph mph
  • The Corolla hits 60mph more than 10% faster, 9.0 seconds vs 10.3 seconds
Performance 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Toyota Corolla Winner: Corolla
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  • The Corolla has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 5 vs 4
  • The Corolla 's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 20.7 lb/hp vs 22.4 lb/hp
Entertainment System 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • The Versa SL has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Practicality 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same, 52.0 ft3 vs 51.3 ft3
  • Room for more than 10% more stuff, 13.8 ft3 vs 12.3 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
  • Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
Overall 9.4 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
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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 Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Versa SL; not available on the Corolla
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
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 5 stars vs 3 stars The better is 3.9x safer than the Versa SL
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 2 stars The better is 4.6x safer than the Versa SL

Road Tests

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
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0-60 mph 9.0 seconds vs 10.3 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 137 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 16.8 s s @ 83.0 mph mph vs 18.0 s s @ 78.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs 0.75 g The Corolla has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Versa SL
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Top speed 115 mph vs 113 mph Both have a very low top speed

Performance

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
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Horsepower 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 4 The Corolla has an OK number of gears, while the Versa SL has very few
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic 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 20.7 lb/hp vs 22.4 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 35.4 ft vs 34.2 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
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Number of speakers 4 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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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 Not Available Neither offers 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 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

Practicality

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 462 miles vs 422 miles The Corolla has OK highway range, but the Versa SL is very limited
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Cargo space 12.3 ft3 vs 13.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.3 ft3 vs 52.0 ft3 The Versa SL has average-sized front seats, while the Corolla 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 Not Available vs Optional The Versa SL offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Corolla
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Cupholders 8 vs 5 Both have a good number of cupholders but the Corolla is particularly good
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
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MSRP $16,660 vs $17,410 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 28 mpg vs 24 mpg The Corolla 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

Safety Features

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Nissan Versa SL Nissan
Versa SL
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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 Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Other Vehicles to Consider

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 2012 Honda Civic DX Versa SL vs Civic DX
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2011 Toyota Matrix Versa SL vs Matrix
2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Toyota Camry Corolla vs Camry
2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Toyota Yaris Corolla vs Yaris
2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Toyota Prius Four Corolla vs Prius Four
2011 Toyota Corolla S 2011 Toyota Matrix S Corolla S vs Matrix S
2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Honda Fit Corolla vs Fit

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