Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Versa Note VS 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Near Macon, GA

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2017 Nissan Versa Note

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2017 Chevrolet Sonic

Safety Comparison

The Versa Note SL has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Sonic only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Versa Note and the Sonic 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 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 Note is safer than the Chevrolet Sonic:


Versa Note



Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

641 lbs.

885 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

The Versa Note’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Sonic’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Versa Note’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Sonic 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Sonic’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Versa Note has a standard 110-amp alternator. The Sonic’s 100-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Versa Note has a standard 470-amp battery. The Sonic’s 438-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Versa Note’s reliability will be 42% better than the Sonic.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Versa Note gets better fuel mileage than the Sonic Auto with its standard engine (31 city/39 hwy vs. 24 city/34 hwy). The Versa Note gets better fuel mileage than the Sonic 1.4 turbo Auto (31 city/39 hwy vs. 27 city/36 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Versa Note stops shorter than the Sonic:


Versa Note



60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

124 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Sonic 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 Sonic’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Versa Note’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Sonic (102.4 inches vs. 99.4 inches).

The Versa Note’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (60.2% to 39.8%) than the Sonic’s (62.5% to 37.5%). This gives the Versa Note more stable handling and braking.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Versa Note may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 400 pounds less than the Chevrolet Sonic.

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 Sonic uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

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

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

Passenger Space Comparison

The Versa Note has 3.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Sonic Hatchback (94.1 vs. 90.6).

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Sonic doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Sonic doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Versa Note has standard power remote mirrors. The Sonic LS 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’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 Sonic doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

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 Sonic doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Versa Note (except 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 Sonic’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Versa Note will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Versa Note will retain 53.47% to 54.66% of its original price after five years, while the Sonic only retains 41.12% to 47.13%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Versa Note is less expensive to operate than the Sonic because typical repairs cost much less on the Versa Note than the Sonic, including $119 less for a water pump, $299 less for an alternator, $7 less for front brake pads and $116 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Versa Note will be $599 to $4759 less than for the Chevrolet Sonic.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Versa Note and the Chevrolet Sonic, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Versa outsold the Chevrolet Sonic by almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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