2020 Nissan Versa vs. 2019 Subaru Impreza

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Versa SV/SR are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Impreza doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Versa SV/SR’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Impreza doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Versa and the Impreza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 72 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Versa’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Versa

Manual

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/35 hwy

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

32 city/40 hwy

Imprezz

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

Sport 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/38 hwy

Sport 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/36 hwy

Tires and Wheels

The Versa 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 Impreza doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Versa 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 Impreza doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better maneuverability, the Versa’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Impreza’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan Versa may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 pounds less than the Subaru Impreza.

The Versa is 5.1 inches shorter than the Impreza Sedan, making the Versa easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The Versa has a much larger trunk than the Impreza Sedan (14.7 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Versa has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Impreza has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Premium/Sport/Limited.

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