Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Versa VS 2016 Dodge Dart Near Macon, GA

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2017 Nissan Versa

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2016 Dodge Dart

Safety Comparison

Both the Versa Sedan and the Dart 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 Dodge Dart:


Versa Sedan



Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

48 G’s

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

Warranty Comparison

The Versa Sedan’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Dart runs out after 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Versa Sedan’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Dart Aero 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Dart’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

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 Sedan’s reliability will be 77% better than the Dart.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Versa Sedan is faster than the Dart SE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):


Versa Sedan


Zero to 60 MPH

10.6 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.6 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

18.1 sec

18.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Versa Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Dart:



Versa Sedan




1.6 4 cyl./5-spd. Manual

27 city/36 hwy

25 city/35 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual




22 city/34 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Manual




23 city/33 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Manual


1.6 4 cyl./CVT

31 city/39 hwy

24 city/33 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto




23 city/34 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto




22 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Versa Sedan uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Dart Aero requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Versa Sedan stops much shorter than the Dart:


Versa Sedan



70 to 0 MPH

179 feet

189 feet

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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 Dart doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Versa Sedan has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Versa Sedan flat and controlled during cornering. The Dart’s standard suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better maneuverability, the Versa Sedan’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Dart GT’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Versa Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 pounds less than the Dodge Dart.

The Versa Sedan is 8.5 inches shorter than the Dart, making the Versa Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Versa Sedan is 5.3 inches narrower than the Dart, making the Versa Sedan easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Versa Sedan SL is quieter than the Dart Aero (41 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Versa Sedan has 1.2 inches more front headroom and 1.8 inches more rear legroom than the Dart.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Versa Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Dart (14.9 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Versa Sedan easier. The Versa Sedan’s trunk lift-over height is 27.5 inches, while the Dart’s liftover is 29.7 inches.

The Versa Sedan SV/SL’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Dart SE/Aero’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

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

The Versa Sedan has standard power remote mirrors. The Dart only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

Optional NissanConnect for the Versa Sedan (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 Dart doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Versa Sedan, 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 Dart.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Versa Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Versa Sedan will retain 51.75% to 57.76% of its original price after five years, while the Dart only retains 35.96% to 42.49%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Versa Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Dart because it costs $36 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Versa Sedan than the Dart, including $107 less for a water pump, $184 less for an alternator, $116 less for fuel injection, $51 less for a fuel pump, $46 less for front struts, $170 less for a timing belt/chain and $843 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 Sedan will be $6849 to $7222 less than for the Dodge Dart.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Versa outsold the Dodge Dart by almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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