MPG

Versa

Manual

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/35 hwy

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

32 city/40 hwy

500

Manual

1.4 Turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/33 hwy

Abarth 1.4 Turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/33 hwy

Auto

1.4 Turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

Abarth 1.4 Turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Versa uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 500 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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The Versa offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The 500 doesn’t offer a CVT.

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 500 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Versa has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 500; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 500 base model’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Versa’s wheelbase is 12.5 inches longer than on the 500 (103.1 inches vs. 90.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Versa is 4.1 inches wider in the front and 4.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 500.

The Versa’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59.7% to 40.3%) than the 500’s (64% to 36%). This gives the Versa more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Versa’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the 500’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.6 feet).

Chassis

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The design of the Nissan Versa amounts to more than styling. The Versa offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .288 to .319 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is significantly lower than the 500 (.352 to .362) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Versa get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Versa a Compact car, while the 500 is rated a Subcompact.

The Versa has standard seating for 5 passengers; the 500 can only carry 4.

The Versa has 13.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500 (88.9 vs. 75.5).

The Versa has .6 inches more front headroom, 3.8 inches more front legroom, 3.1 inches more front hip room, 3.7 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 7.5 inches more rear hip room and 7.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500.

Ergonomics

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The Versa SR has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 500 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Versa has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The 500 doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Versa’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Fiat does not offer a locking feature on the 500’s standard power windows.

The Versa’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The 500’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Versa’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 500’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The Push Button Ignition standard on the Versa allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (Versa SR’s Intelligent Key will also allow unlocking the driver’s door and trunk without taking your keys out). The Fiat 500 doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 500 doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Versa detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The 500 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Versa has standard extendable sun visors. The 500 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Versa SR offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The 500 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations

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The Nissan Versa outsold the Fiat 500 by over 14 to one during 2018.

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