2020 Nissan Versa vs. 2020 Subaru Impreza

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Safety

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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, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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There are over 70 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

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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

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

MPG

Versa

FWD

Manual

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/35 hwy

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

32 city/40 hwy

Impreza

AWD

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

28 city/36 hwy

Sport 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/36 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Nissan Versa higher (7 out of 10) than the Subaru Impreza (6 to 7). This means the Versa produces up to 1.1 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Impreza every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Versa stops shorter than the Impreza:

Versa

Impreza

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

127 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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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

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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.

The Versa SR handles at .84 G’s, while the Impreza 2.0i Premium Sedan pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

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

Chassis

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Ergonomics

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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.

Recommendations

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The Nissan Versa outsold the Subaru Impreza by 181 units during 2019.

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