Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Versa VS 2017 Honda Civic Near Gray, GA

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2018 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’ 2017 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 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

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

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 is quieter than the Civic EX Sedan (77 vs. 80 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Versa Sedan SV’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.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Versa Sedan’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Civic LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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 “8” 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 $44 less for a water pump, $155 less for a starter, $20 less for front struts, $203 less for a timing belt/chain and $72 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 $1972 to $2194 less than for the Honda Civic.

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