Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Versa VS 2018 Ford Fiesta Near Atlanta, GA

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2018 Nissan Versa

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2018 Ford Fiesta

Safety Comparison

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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 Fiesta doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Versa Sedan and the Fiesta 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 Ford Fiesta:

 

Versa Sedan

Fiesta

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

175

180

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

53 G’s

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

Reliability Comparison

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 5 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Versa Sedan is faster than the Ford Fiesta (automatics tested):

 

Versa Sedan

Fiesta

Zero to 30 MPH

4 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

10.6 sec

10.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.6 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

18.1 sec

18.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

79.6 MPH

79.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Versa Sedan

Fiesta

 

 

Manual

27 city/36 hwy

27 city/35 hwy

 

 

Auto

31 city/39 hwy

27 city/37 hwy

 

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Versa Sedan stops shorter than the Fiesta:

 

Versa Sedan

Fiesta

 

70 to 0 MPH

179 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

140 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

152 feet

159 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Versa Sedan’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the Fiesta (102.4 inches vs. 98 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Versa Sedan is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Fiesta.

Chassis Comparison

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The design of the Nissan Versa Sedan amounts to more than styling. The Versa Sedan has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .319 Cd (optional .288 Cd with CVT). That is lower than the Fiesta (.33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Versa Sedan get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Versa Sedan has 5.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Fiesta (90.2 vs. 85.1).

The Versa Sedan has .7 inches more front headroom, 5.8 inches more rear legroom and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Fiesta Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Versa Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Fiesta Sedan (14.9 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 Fiesta doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the Versa Sedan’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Fiesta’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 Fiesta doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Versa Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Fiesta because it costs $234 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Versa Sedan than the Fiesta, including $107 less for a water pump, $153 less for an alternator and $53 less for a starter.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Versa Sedan will be $1128 to $2138 less than for the Ford Fiesta.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Nissan Versa outsold the Ford Fiesta by over two to one during 2017.

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