Childre Nissan Compares 2009 Nissan Versa VS 2009 Honda Civic Near Macon, GA

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2009 Nissan Versa

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2009 Honda Civic

Safety Comparison

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Both the Versa and the Civic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks and available four wheel antilock brakes.

Reliability Comparison

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The Nissan Versa’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Civic’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Versa’s brake rotors and drums are larger than those on the Civic:

Versa

Civic

Front Rotors

11.02 inches

10.3 inches

Rear Drums

9 inches

7.9 inches

The Versa with optional antilock brakes stops much shorter than the Civic with antilock brakes:

Versa

Civic

80 to 0 MPH

232 feet

248 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

183 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

135 feet

140 feet

Road & Track

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Versa has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Versa flat and controlled during cornering. The Civic DX Coupe suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Versa’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53% to 47%) than the Civic’s (59% to 41%). This gives the Versa more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Versa’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Civic DX Sedan/Hybrid’s (34.2 feet vs. 34.8 feet). The Versa’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Civic LX/EX’s (34.2 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Versa Sedan has 3.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Civic Sedan (94.3 vs. 90.9).

The Versa Sedan has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more rear headroom and 3.4 inches more rear legroom than the Civic Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Versa Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Civic Sedan (13.8 vs. 12 cubic feet).

The Versa’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Civic DX/LX’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Versa’s optional  driver’s power window opens or closes fully with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Civic’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to open or close it.

The Versa’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Civic DX/LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Versa has a standard rear wiper. The Civic doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Versa SL has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The Civic DX doesn’t offer a front seat center armrest.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Versa owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Versa will cost $415 to $2185 less than the Civic over a five year period.

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