Childre Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan Versa VS 2013 Honda Civic Near Macon, GA

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2014 Nissan Versa

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2013 Honda Civic

Safety Comparison

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Versa Sedan is safer than the Honda Civic:

Versa Sedan




4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



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

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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Versa Sedan is safer than the Honda Civic:

Versa Sedan


Rear Seat


4 Stars

4 Stars

Spine Acceleration

64 G’s

77 G’s

Hip Force

687 lbs.

760 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

44 G’s

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

Warranty Comparison

The Versa Sedan comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Nissan will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Civic.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Versa Sedan CVT gets better city fuel mileage than the Civic HF Auto (31 city vs. 29 city).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Versa Sedan stops shorter than the Civic:

Versa Sedan


60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Versa Sedan 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 Civic doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Versa Sedan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.8% to 42.2%) than the Civic’s (61% to 39%). This gives the Versa Sedan more stable handling and braking.

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 350 to 400 pounds less than the Honda Civic.

The Versa Sedan is 4 inches shorter than the Civic Sedan, making the Versa Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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.

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 (14.9 vs. 12.5 cubic feet).

The Versa Sedan SV/SL’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Civic LX/HF’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 engine computer on the Versa Sedan SL disables the starter while the engine is running. The Civic’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Intelligent Key standard on the Versa Sedan SL allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Honda Civic doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

Consumer Reports rated the Versa Sedan’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Civic’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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

The Versa Sedan’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 Civic doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Versa Sedan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Versa Sedan will cost $130 to $2960 less than the Civic over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Versa Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Civic because it costs $112 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Versa Sedan than the Civic, including $95 less for a water pump, $7 less for front brake pads, $163 less for a starter, $8 less for fuel injection and $167 less for a timing belt/chain.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Versa Sedan will be $3159 to $7604 less than for the Honda Civic.

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