2020 Toyota Corolla vs. 2020 Nissan Versa

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Safety

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The Corolla has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Versa doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Corolla has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Versa doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Corolla has standard Safety Connect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Versa doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Corolla and the Versa 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Versa.

There are over 13 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Nissan dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Corolla’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Corolla second among compact cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Versa isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Nissan is ranked 14th.

Engine

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The Corolla’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 17 more horsepower (139 vs. 122) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (126 vs. 114) than the Versa’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. The Corolla SE/XSE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 47 more horsepower (169 vs. 122) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (151 vs. 114) than the Versa’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Corolla SE/XSE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Nissan Versa (automatics tested):

Corolla

Versa

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

10.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

22.1 sec

33.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.5 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

18 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

79 MPH

Top Speed

118 MPH

115 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Corolla SE/XSE SE Manual 2.0 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Versa Manual (29 city/36 hwy vs. 27 city/35 hwy).

The Corolla has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Versa (13.2 vs. 10.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The Toyota Corolla comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Versa.

A six-speed manual is optional on the Toyota Corolla SE/XSE SE, with closer gear ratios for better performance and a lower final drive ratio for quieter highway operation, less engine wear and better fuel mileage. Only a five-speed manual is available for the Versa.

The Toyota Corolla has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The Versa doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Corolla’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Versa:

Corolla

Versa

Front Rotors

10.8 inches

10 inches

Rear Rotors

10.2 inches

8” drums

The Toyota Corolla has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Versa. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Corolla stops shorter than the Versa:

Corolla

Versa

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

178 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Corolla SE/XSE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Versa (225/40R18 vs. 205/55R16).

The Corolla SE/XSE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Versa SR’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corolla SE/XSE has standard 18-inch wheels. The Versa’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Toyota Corolla’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Nissan Versa only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Toyota Corolla has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Nissan Versa has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corolla’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the Versa (106.3 inches vs. 103.1 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Corolla’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Versa’s (34.1 feet vs. 34.8 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Corolla has 2.1 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 3.8 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Versa.

Cargo Capacity

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The Corolla’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Versa S Manual doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

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The Corolla’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Versa has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The power windows standard on both the Corolla and the Versa have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Corolla is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Versa prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Corolla’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Versa’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Corolla the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Versa can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Corolla XLE/XSE offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Versa doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Corolla LE/XLE/SE/XSE has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Versa doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Corolla has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Versa doesn’t offer rear vents.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Corolla XLE/XSE. The Corolla’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Versa doesn’t offer a navigation system.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Corolla XLE/XSE offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Versa doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Corolla, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Corolla outsold the Nissan Versa by over four to one during the 2019 model year.

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