2011 Nissan
Versa SL
vs. 2011 Toyota
Matrix

2011 Nissan Versa SL

9.8

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
2011 Toyota Matrix

9.2

Runner-up

Toyota Matrix

starting from

$19,605

Reasons to buy the Toyota Matrix

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Ample cargo space
61.5 ft3
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OK brakes
Disc
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Average number of gears
5
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Plenty of cupholders
8
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Nissan Versa SL Winner: Versa SL
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  • Almost the same
Practicality 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Matrix Winner: Matrix
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  • Room for around 4.5x more stuff, 61.5 ft3 vs 13.8 ft3
  • The Matrix has 3 more cupholders, 8 vs 5
Performance 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Matrix Winner: Matrix
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  • The Matrix has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 5 vs 4
  • Almost the same, 21.7 lb/hp vs 22.4 lb/hp
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.7
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
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
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
Missing information
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
  • Both have a very low top speed
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
Overall 9.8 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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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 Matrix
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Practicality

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 422 miles vs 422 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 13.8 ft3 vs 61.5 ft3 The Matrix has lots of cargo room, and the Versa SL is OK, too
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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 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 Matrix
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Cupholders 5 vs 8 Both have a good number of cupholders but the Matrix is particularly good
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

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Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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Horsepower 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 4 vs 5 The Matrix 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 21.7 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 36.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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Number of speakers 6 vs 4 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

Cost

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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MSRP $17,410 vs $19,605 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 26 mpg The Matrix 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

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Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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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 Disc The Matrix has good brakes for high-performance driving
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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

Crash Test Ratings

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Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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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 Unknown
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Driver side crash test 2 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

Nissan
Versa SL
2011 Nissan Versa SL
2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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0-60 mph 10.3 seconds vs 10.1 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 139 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 18.0 s s @ 78.0 mph mph vs 17.7 s s @ 79.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 113 mph vs 115 mph Both have a very low top speed

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Nissan Versa SL 2011 Toyota Corolla Versa SL vs Corolla
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 Toyota Matrix 2011 Honda Fit Sport Matrix vs Fit Sport
2011 Toyota Matrix S 2011 Toyota Corolla S Matrix S vs Corolla S
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Toyota Yaris Matrix vs Yaris
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Matrix vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Toyota Camry XLE Matrix vs Camry XLE

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