Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Versa VS 2018 Ford Focus Near Warner Robins, GA

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2018 Nissan Versa

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2018 Ford Focus

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 Focus doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Versa Sedan and the Focus 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 Focus:


Versa Sedan



Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

39 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’ 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.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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



Versa Sedan




4 cyl./Manual

27 city/36 hwy

25 city/34 hwy



4 cyl./Auto

31 city/39 hwy

24 city/34 hwy


To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Versa Sedan uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Focus SE Sedan 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 Focus:


Versa Sedan



70 to 0 MPH

179 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

140 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Versa Sedan’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Focus’ (34.8 feet vs. 36 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Versa Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 550 pounds less than the Ford Focus.

The Versa Sedan is 3.3 inches shorter than the Focus Sedan, making the Versa Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Versa Sedan is 5.1 inches narrower than the Focus, making the Versa Sedan easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Versa Sedan has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Focus uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

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

Passenger Space Comparison

The Versa Sedan has 1.5 inches more front headroom and 3.8 inches more rear legroom than the Focus.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Versa Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Focus Sedan (14.9 vs. 13.2 cubic feet).

The Versa Sedan SV’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Focus S/SE Sedan’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 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 Focus doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Versa Sedan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Versa Sedan will cost $230 less than the Focus over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Versa Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Focus because it costs $288 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Versa Sedan than the Focus, including $33 less for a water pump, $19 less for a starter, $13 less for fuel injection and $257 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 $4430 to $5073 less than for the Ford Focus.

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