Nissan’s Versa and Sentra are among the most affordable compact cars on the market and they offer some great features for even the most fickle consumers. Even though their specs are pretty similar, one of them has to outperform the other, so let's see who comes out ahead:
Price: Nissan Versa
The Nissan Versa is one of the most affordable cars in America. It comes at a price ranging between $12,360 and $14,250. However, its MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) is $12,875 which also counts in the destination charge of $885. If you are looking for a top-trim Nissan Versa, you will need to pay $18,100. The Sentra, on the other hand, has a base price of $16,990 which is much higher than the Versa. It can go up to $25,790 depending on the size, style and performance specifications. So the clear winner is Nissan Versa.
Interior Quality and Comfort: Nissan Sentra
The interior quality of Nissan Sentra is a notch higher than that of Nissan Versa. The Sentra offers a large space for the passengers across both the seat-rows. In fact, it is considered to be one of the most passenger-friendly cars.
Cargo Space: Nissan Sentra
The Sentra offers more cargo space than most of its competitors. The trunk of this compact car has a space of 15.1 cubic feet. Usually, such space is found in midsize sedans rather than the compact ones. The Versa lags a few inches behind with a 14.9 cubic feet cargo space.
If you are willing to spend a little more than these compact car prices, a Versa Note hatchback can offer you a much more spacious cargo. The rear seats of this subcompact car cover an area of 18.8 cubic feet. By folding the seats, its space grows even more with 38.3 cubic feet.
Interior Features: Nissan Sentra
The Sentra and Versa have very similar interior features including a standard 5-inch touch screen, a four-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, rearview camera, satellite radio and push-button start. You can install some optional features on the Nissan Sentra which include a moonroof, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, an eight-speaker premium audio system from Bose, an upgraded touch screen of 5.8 inches, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and a moonroof. With the Versa, the additional features include a USB port, remote keyless entry, Siri Eyes free, voice recognition and smartphone integration. Since it fails to offer the more advanced features, Sentra wins this round easily.
Acceleration and Power: Nissan Sentra
The Nissan Sentra exhibits a much higher horsepower and more capable engine than the Versa. Its engine comes with 1.8-liter capacity and four cylinders. It produces 124 horsepower and has a standard six-speed manual transmission. The Versa, on the other hand, has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 109 horsepower. It has a five-speed manual transmission.
Fuel Economy: Nissan Versa
The Sentra CVT can go up to 29/37 mpg while the Versa CVT can go up to 31/39 mpg. So you can go up to 32 mpg on average on a 2018 Nissan Sentra and up to 34 mpg on average with a 2018 Nissan Versa.
Ride and Handling: Nissan Versa
You can have a smooth ride even on rough pavement with the soft suspension of the Nissan Versa. It has a standard front-wheel drive but doesn’t offer a great steering experience. The tiny turning radius, however, makes it highly maneuverable.
If a properly weighted steering is the higher priority for you, the Sentra will be the better choice. The rides of Sentra may not provide you much comfort since its trims have a pretty stiff suspension. As a result, you get more bumps on the road while sitting in the cabin.
The Nissan Sentra outperforms the Nissan Versa in 4 of the 7 categories mentioned above. Although Versa offers a much lower price, the Sentra excels at the performance measurements like cabin comfort, interior features, acceleration and power. If you’re looking for more creature comforts and don’t mind a little more on the pricetag; the Sentra is for you. If lower price and fuel economy are more important to you, the Versa is the way to go.
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