MPG

Versa

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

32 city/40 hwy

Corolla

LE Eco 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

30 city/40 hwy

1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/36 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 “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) 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.

Suspension and Handling

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 Corolla doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better maneuverability, the Versa’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Corolla’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.6 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan Versa may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 250 pounds less than the Toyota Corolla.

The Versa is 6.1 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 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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 Corolla doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Versa’s cruise control switch is lit from behind, making it plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Corolla’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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.

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 Corolla doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Versa’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Corolla’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

Model Availability

The Nissan Versa comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Toyota Corolla isn’t available as a station wagon.

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