Childre Nissan Compares 2016 Nissan Versa Note VS 2016 Toyota Yaris Near Warner Robins, GA

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2016 Nissan Versa Note

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2016 Toyota Yaris

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 Yaris doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Versa Note SV/SR/SL has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Versa Note SL also has a standard Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Yaris doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

Both the Versa Note and the Yaris 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 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 Toyota Yaris:

Versa Note


Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Abdominal Force

225 G’s

257 G’s

Hip Force

403 lbs.

440 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

67 G’s

81 G’s

Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars




Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

46 G’s

Hip Force

641 lbs.

943 lbs.

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 3 more horsepower (109 vs. 106) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (107 vs. 103) than the Yaris’ 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Versa Note CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Yaris Auto (31 city/40 hwy vs. 30 city/36 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Versa Note stops shorter than the Yaris:

Versa Note


60 to 0 MPH

135 feet

137 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Versa Note has larger standard tires than the Yaris (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 Yaris 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 Yaris’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Versa Note’s wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the Yaris (102.4 inches vs. 98.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Versa Note is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Yaris.

Chassis Comparison

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 Yaris 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 lower than the Yaris (.3 to .32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Versa Note get better fuel mileage.

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 Yaris doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Versa Note has 9.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Yaris 5dr Liftback (94.1 vs. 85.1).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Versa Note has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Yaris 5dr Liftback with its rear seat up (18.8 vs. 15.6 cubic feet). The Versa Note has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Yaris 5dr Liftback with its rear seat folded (38.3 vs. 30 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Versa Note SL disables the starter while the engine is running. The Yaris’ starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Yaris’ standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Versa Note SV/SR/SL’s standard doors lock when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

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 Toyota Yaris doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Versa Note’s optional wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Yaris’ fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting.

The Versa Note has standard power remote mirrors. The Yaris L doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Versa Note SL’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Yaris doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

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 Yaris doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Versa Note SL has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Yaris.

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

Standard NissanConnect for the Versa Note SV/SR/SL 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 Yaris doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Versa Note (except S/S Plus/SV)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Yaris’ available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Versa Note, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Toyota Yaris isn't recommended.

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