2020 Nissan Versa vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla

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 Corolla doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Versa has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Corolla doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the Versa SV/SR’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Corolla doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Versa and the Corolla have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and driver alert monitors.

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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Versa

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

32 city/40 hwy

Corolla

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

31 city/40 hwy

XSE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

31 city/38 hwy

1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

XLE 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/37 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Nissan Versa as a “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV). The Toyota Corolla is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

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 Corolla doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis

The Nissan Versa may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 400 pounds less than the Toyota Corolla.

The Versa is 5.3 inches shorter than the Corolla, making the Versa easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Versa has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom and 6.2 inches more rear hip room than the Corolla.

Cargo Capacity

The Versa has a much larger trunk than the Corolla (14.7 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Versa’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Corolla L’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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