Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Versa VS 2017 Toyota Yaris Near Atlanta, GA

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2017 Nissan Versa

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2017 Toyota Yaris

Safety Comparison

The Versa Sedan has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Yaris iA doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Versa Sedan and the Yaris iA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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.

Reliability Comparison

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

Engine Comparison

The Versa Sedan’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 iA’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Versa Sedan stops shorter than the Yaris iA:


Versa Sedan

Yaris iA


70 to 0 MPH

179 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

152 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Versa Sedan SL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Yaris iA (195/55R16 vs. 185/60R16).

The Versa Sedan SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Yaris iA’s 60 series tires.

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 Yaris iA 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 Yaris iA’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Yaris iA doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Versa Sedan’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Yaris iA (102.4 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Versa Sedan SL is quieter than the Yaris iA (77 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Versa Sedan is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Yaris iA is rated a Subcompact.

The Versa Sedan has 4.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Yaris iA (90.2 vs. 85.9).

The Versa Sedan has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more rear legroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Yaris iA.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Versa Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Yaris iA (14.9 vs. 13.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Intelligent Key standard on the Versa Sedan 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 iA’s Keyless Entry with Pushbutton Start doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.

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

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

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address with audible turn-by-turn directions, a GPS navigation system is standard on the Versa Sedan SL. The Versa Sedan’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Yaris iA doesn’t offer a navigation system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Versa outsold the Toyota Yaris by over four to one during the 2016 model year.

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