For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Versa Sedan are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Cruze doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
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 Cruze doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
Both the Versa Sedan and the Cruze 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 Versa Sedan’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Cruze’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 2 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.
On the EPA test cycle the Versa Sedan CVT gets better city fuel mileage than the Cruze Sedan Auto turbo 4 cyl. (31 city vs. 29 city).
The Versa Sedan has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Versa Sedan flat and controlled during cornering. The Cruze’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 Cruze doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
The Versa Sedan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.7% to 42.3%) than the Cruze’s (60.6% to 39.4%). This gives the Versa Sedan more stable handling and braking.
For better maneuverability, the Versa Sedan’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Cruze’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).
The Nissan Versa Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 500 pounds less than the Chevrolet Cruze.
The Versa Sedan has .9 inches more front headroom and .9 inches more rear legroom than the Cruze Sedan.
The Versa Sedan SV’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Cruze L/LS’ standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.
The Versa Sedan 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 Cruze 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 Sedan has standard extendable sun visors. The Cruze doesn’t offer extendable visors.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Versa Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Cruze because it costs $369 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Versa Sedan than the Cruze, including $223 less for a water pump, $299 less for an alternator, $7 less for front brake pads, $2 less for a fuel pump and $339 less for a timing belt/chain.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Versa Sedan will be $1812 to $3109 less than for the Chevrolet Cruze.