Childre Nissan Compares 2016 Nissan Versa VS 2016 Toyota Corolla Near Dublin, GA

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2016 Nissan Versa

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2016 Toyota Corolla

Safety Comparison

Both the Versa Sedan and the Corolla 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Versa Sedan is safer than the Toyota Corolla:

Versa Sedan


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Hip Force

785 lbs.

868 lbs.

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

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Versa Sedan has a standard 470-amp battery. The Corolla’s 356-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Versa Sedan CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Corolla CVT with its standard engine (31 city/40 hwy vs. 29 city/38 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Versa Sedan stops shorter than the Corolla:

Versa Sedan


70 to 0 MPH

179 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

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 Corolla doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Versa Sedan 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 Corolla doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Versa Sedan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.8% to 42.2%) than the Corolla’s (60.9% to 39.1%). This gives the Versa Sedan more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Versa Sedan’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Corolla’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.6 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Versa Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 450 pounds less than the Toyota Corolla.

The Versa Sedan is 7.2 inches shorter than the Corolla L/LE/LE Eco, making the Versa Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Versa Sedan has 1.5 inches more front headroom and 2.3 inches more rear hip room than the Corolla.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Versa Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Corolla (14.9 vs. 13 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Versa Sedan will be $2260 to $3404 less than for the Toyota Corolla.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Nissan Versa Sedan and Toyota Corolla won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

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