Childre Nissan Compares 2012 Nissan Versa VS 2012 Honda Civic Near Atlanta, GA

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2012 Nissan Versa

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2012 Honda Civic

Safety Comparison

Both the Versa Sedan and the Civic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Versa Sedan has a standard 470 amp battery. The Civic’s 410 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Versa Sedan stops shorter than the Civic:

Versa Sedan


70 to 0 MPH

179 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

133 feet

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Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Versa Sedan’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Civic Sedan’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Versa Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Honda Civic.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Versa Sedan has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Civic uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Versa Sedan SL is quieter than the Civic EX Sedan (41 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Versa Sedan has .8 inches more front headroom and .8 inches more rear legroom than the Civic Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Versa Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Civic Sedan (14.8 vs. 12.5 cubic feet).

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

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