Going small has advantages in the car world. Less metal to move means better fuel economy and better acceleration even with less power. A rock-bottom price is also a nice bonus. In this comparison guide, we'll take a look at the subcompact sedan 2018 Nissan Versa versus the Toyota Corolla. Which one of these mighty mice better saves the day?
Fuel Economy: 2018 Nissan Versa
One of the best things about subcompact sedans is how little fuel they need to run. It's nice not to be too familiar with the gas pump. At its best, the 2018 Nissan Versa gets 31 city miles and 39 highway miles per gallon. Meanwhile, the Corolla gets 28 city and 36 highway miles per gallon. Buying the Nissan Versa will save you time at the pump and about $50 a year, welcome money for your wallet.
City Driving: Tie
These aren't performance vehicles, which no one should expect. Neither the Versa nor the Corolla cuts corners athletically or accelerates quickly. But both the Nissan and Toyota do promise a fairly smooth ride and competent city driving. A tight turn radius and soft suspension make up for other elements you may miss when you choose a smaller vehicle. But both the Versa and the Corolla offer a comfortable ride, especially for commuters.
Pricing: 2018 Nissan Versa
The 2018 Nissan Versa is possibly the cheapest car on the market today. The Versa starts at just $12,110 and tops out with the SV trim at $15,840. If you get the base S trim, you'll get little in the way of creature comforts beyond a four-speaker sound system and Bluetooth, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing you netted a decent car at an unbeatable price.
By way of comparison, the Toyota Corolla starts at a price greater than the most expensive Versa. It's $18.550 for the base L trim and $22,730 for the top-trim XSE. Granted, the Corolla has a lot more standard features, such as rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB port, six-speaker audio system, voice recognition, Siri Eyes Free, steering wheel-mounted controls, and Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, along with Toyota's Safety Sense suite of advanced safety features. But if you're bargain hunting, you may want to dispense with the extras. For an unbeatable savings, grab the 2018 Nissan Versa, the more affordable car in any class.