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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Versa are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Toyota Prius c doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
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 Prius c 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 Prius c doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The Versa SV/SR’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Prius c doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
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 Prius c doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Versa and the Prius c have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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 and driver alert monitors.
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.
The Versa’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 23 more horsepower (122 vs. 99) than the Prius c’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.
The Versa has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Prius c (10.8 vs. 9.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better traction, the Versa has larger standard tires than the Prius c (195/65R15 vs. 175/65R15). The Versa SV’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Prius c (205/55R16 vs. 175/65R15).
The Versa SR’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Prius c’s 65 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Versa SR has standard 17-inch wheels. The Prius c’s largest wheels are only 15-inches.
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 Prius c doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Versa has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Versa flat and controlled during cornering. The Prius c’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 Prius c doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Versa’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Prius c (103.1 inches vs. 100.4 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Versa is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Prius c.
The Versa has .9 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Prius c.
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 Prius c 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 Prius c’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 Prius c’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.
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 Prius c doesn’t offer automatic headlights.
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 Prius c doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Versa’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Prius c’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.
The Versa SR offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Prius c.
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 Prius c doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
The Nissan Versa comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Toyota Prius c isn’t available as a station wagon.
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