Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Versa VS 2017 Honda Civic Near Atlanta, GA

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2017 Nissan Versa

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2017 Honda Civic

Safety Comparison

Both the Versa Sedan and the Civic 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, 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 Honda Civic:

 

Versa Sedan

Civic

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

175

260

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

37 G’s

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

Reliability Comparison

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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Versa Sedan stops shorter than the Civic:

 

Versa Sedan

Civic

 

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 Civic doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Versa Sedan’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Civic Sport Hatchback’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Versa Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 500 pounds less than the Honda Civic.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Versa Sedan SL is quieter than the Civic EX Sedan (77 vs. 80 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Versa Sedan owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Versa Sedan with a number “1” insurance rate while the Civic is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Versa Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Civic because typical repairs cost much less on the Versa Sedan than the Civic, including $48 less for a water pump, $154 less for a starter, $20 less for front struts, $204 less for a timing belt/chain and $74 less for a power steering pump.

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