Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Versa Note VS 2015 Jeep Compass Near Atlanta, GA

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2015 Nissan Versa Note

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2015 Jeep Compass

Safety Comparison

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The Versa Note SL offers an optional Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Compass only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Versa Note and the Compass have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact 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.

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

Versa Note

Compass

Driver

STARS

3 Stars

3 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

807/1020 lbs.

832/1159 lbs.

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 Note is safer than the Jeep Compass:

Versa Note

Compass

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1.2 inches

1.3 inches

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

18 inches

HIC

195

303

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

50 G’s

Hip Force

641 lbs.

741 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

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The Versa Note’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Compass runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 19th in initial quality. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 18th in reliability. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Versa Note gets better fuel mileage than the Compass FWD:

Versa Note

Compass

1.6 4 cyl./5-spd Manual

27 city/36 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

n/a

23 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Manual

1.6 4 cyl./CVT

31 city/40 hwy

22 city/27 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./CVT

n/a

21 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./6-spd Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Versa Note stops much shorter than the Compass:

Versa Note

Compass

60 to 0 MPH

135 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

149 feet

170 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Versa Note’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Compass’ standard 70 series tires.

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 Compass doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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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 Compass doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better maneuverability, the Versa Note’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Compass’ (34.8 feet vs. 35.6 feet). The Versa Note’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Compass Limited’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.2 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Nissan Versa Note may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 850 pounds less than the Jeep Compass.

The Versa Note is 1 foot shorter than the Compass, making the Versa Note easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

The design of the Nissan Versa Note amounts to more than styling. The Versa Note has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .308 Cd (optional .298 Cd with CVT). That is significantly lower than the Compass (.4) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Versa Note get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Versa Note has standard flush composite headlights. The Compass has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the Versa Note S Plus/SV/SR/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 Compass doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Versa Note has .1 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more front legroom than the Compass.

The front step up height for the Versa Note is 3.3 inches lower than the Compass (14.6” vs. 17.9”). The Versa Note’s rear step up height is 2.9 inches lower than the Compass’ (15.6” vs. 18.5”).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Intelligent Key standard on the Versa Note 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 Jeep Compass doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Versa Note has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Compass doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Versa Note has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Compass only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Versa Note offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Compass doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Optional NissanConnect for the Versa Note (not available S/S Plus) allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Compass doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Versa Note, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Compass.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The Versa Note will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Versa Note will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Compass.

Versa Note

Compass

Five Year

46% to 48%

37% to 39%

Three Year

58% to 61%

52% to 55%

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Versa Note will be $7313 to $12444 less than for the Jeep Compass.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Nissan Versa outsold the Jeep Compass by over two to one during the 2014 model year.

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