Childre Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan Versa Note VS 2014 Toyota Prius Near Macon, GA

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2014 Nissan Versa Note

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2014 Toyota Prius

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Versa Note are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Toyota Prius c doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Versa Note (except S) offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Versa Note SL also offers an optional Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Prius c doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

Both the Versa Note and the Prius c have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Versa Note is safer than the Toyota Prius c:

Versa Note

Prius c


5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars

Rear Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Engine Comparison

The Versa Note’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (109 vs. 99) than the Prius c’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Versa Note is faster than the Toyota Prius c (automatics tested):

Versa Note

Prius c

Zero to 60 MPH

10.9 sec

11.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.6 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

18.2 sec

18.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

78.7 MPH

76.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Versa Note has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Prius c (10.8 vs. 9.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Versa Note has larger standard tires than the Prius c (185/65R15 vs. 175/65R15).

The Versa Note SL has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Prius c doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Versa Note has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Versa Note flat and controlled during cornering. The Prius c’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Versa Note has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Prius c doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Versa Note’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Prius c (102.4 inches vs. 100.4 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Versa Note S Plus/SV/SL uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Prius c doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Versa Note has 6.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Prius c (94.1 vs. 87.4).

The Versa Note has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Prius c.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Versa Note has standard lighted power window and cruise control switches so that they are easily found at night. The Prius c doesn’t have lighted switches.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Versa Note has standard extendable sun visors. The Prius c doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Versa Note’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Prius c doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Versa Note SL has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Prius c doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Versa Note won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue. The Toyota Prius c didn't win any award.

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