2019 Nissan Versa vs Toyota Corolla

We don’t envy the people who are paid to sell Toyota Corollas. How do you convince people to pay more, for less? The 2019 Nissan Versa, on the other hand, is $6,500 less expensive and somehow still manages to win more critics’ acclaim than its overpriced rival. If you think we’re just being boastful, read on. We’ll spell it out for you in this comparison guide.

Price: 2019 Nissan Versa

We led with price, so we’ll touch on this topic first. The standard 2019 Nissan Versa, all 2400 pounds of it, can be yours for just $12,360. That comes with a five-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, cloth seats, Siri Eyes Free, rearview camera, four-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, USB port, and 7-inch touch screen. We admit that only a few of those features stand out, but for that price point, what you get is impressive nonetheless.

But that’s not the most impressive part. The most impressive is that you can get the most expensive time level-the Versa Note SR-for $18,360, less than the price of the base Toyota Corolla. Ride in style with suede upholstery, continuously variable transmission, fog lights, alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

What do you get with the base Toyota Corolla, starting at $18,700? There’s a 6.1-inch touch screen, six speakers, Bluetooth, USB port, voice recognition, and Siri Eyes Free. There’s also safety features, like a rearview camera and Toyota Safety Sense P suite. And that’s about it. You may rightly point out that the Corolla is a bigger sedan, hence the price difference. But it only translates to 3.5 more cubic feet of passenger space. Hardly worth that price tag.

Fuel economy: 2019 Nissan Versa

You’ll save money in another way with the Nissan Versa: in fuel economy. The 2019 Versa, thanks to its continuously variable transmission (CVT), gets 31 city miles and 39 highway miles per gallon. Get used to flying by gas stations. Meanwhile, the Toyota Corolla sedan gets 28 city and 36 highway mpg, which is amazing but not quite as good.

Cargo space: 2019 Nissan Versa

It shouldn’t have turned out this way, considering the Versa is a subcompact sedan and the Corolla is a compact. But the smaller car has a bigger trunk. That’s right, the 2019 Nissan Versa sports a trunk that measures 14.9 cubic feet of storage space. On the other hand, the Toyota Corolla sedan’s trunk is only 13 cubes.

In the contest between the 2019 Nissan Versa and the Toyota Corolla sedan, there really is no contest. The Versa has more cargo space, better fuel economy, and even its most expensive trim is more affordable than the standard Toyota Corolla. Do yourself a favor and find a worthier rival for the Versa.