Subcompacts are not the clown cars they once were; they’re better, stronger, faster, and far roomier. But are all subcompacts created equal? Our Valley Honda Dealers think not, which is why we’re happy to compare our favorite (Honda Fit) to one of its major rivals (Nissan Versa & Versa Note). Will the 2017 Fit wipe the floor with the Versa, or are we just nuts? Read on to find out (hint: we’re not nuts).
Tech, Gadgets & Gizmos—Oh My!
With the 2017 Nissan Versa or Versa Note, drivers get no-frills subcompacts that are light on standard features and heavy on lackluster tech. Power windows and locks aren’t even available on the bottom two Versa trims, so unless you’re a Flintstone, you’ll want to hand over extra dough for that “should be standard” convenience. To get other additions, like the onboard infotainment system, you’ll have to make the upgrade to an even higher trim.
The 2017 Honda Fit, on the other hand, is clearly from the 21st century. All Fit trims—there are three: LX, EX, and EX-L—come equipped with power windows and locks, AC, keyless entry, USB ports, Bluetooth, and a back-up camera. The Honda Fit EX comes with LaneWatch, an extra USB port, moonroof, alloy wheels, and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Make the upgrade to the EX-L, and you’ll receive heated leather seats, navigation, a 7-inch touchscreen, and a luxe cabin packed with soft-touch materials.
Which is a Stickler for Safety?
Nissan has come a long way over the years, but Honda is still the leader of the pack when it comes down to safety standards.
Owners of the Honda Fit LX will receive a 5-star hatchback (according to NHTSA ratings) that comes with electronic stability control, ABS, an anti-theft system, hill-start assist, LaneWatch, and a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines. Although the IIHS and NHTSA haven’t provided ratings for the Nissan Versa, their marks on previous model years should be cause for concern—the 2015 Versa earned a dismal 3-star rating in several safety categories—that the 2017 model won’t hold up well.
Judging Fuel Economy & Performance
The Fit and both Versas are equipped with inline-4 engines, but only one offers more in just about every way: The Fit. Its 1.5-liter engine makes an enthusiastic 130 horsepower with 114 lb.-ft. of torque and returns truly impressive MPG (33 city/40 hwy).
Nissan’s Versa has a 1.6L engine that only pumps out 109 hp and 107 lb.-ft. of torque. And what of the Versa’s fuel economy? Try 26 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway—respectable, but ultimately no match for the Honda Fit. The Versa Note gets closer (31 city/39 hwy), but it still yields the underwhelming power of Nissan’s 109-hp engine.
Spacious Subcompacts Exist
The Nissan Versa has a trunk that holds up to 14.9 cubic feet of stuff—that’s just about average for the class—and the Versa Note Hatchback maxes out at 38.3 cubic feet. Sounds good, right?
Not when compared to the new Honda Fit; it boasts 16.6 cubic feet of cargo volume with all its seats up, and with the seats folded down, that cargo volume heads north to 52.7 cu. ft. Passengers can also feel more comfortable in Honda’s subcompact thanks to 51.5 inches of front hip room, 54.8 inches of front shoulder room, and 39.3 inches of rear leg room—all of which are more spacious than Nissan’s models.
Only the Honda Fit offers enough space for more than your day-to-day commutes. Even when comparing the Fit to the Versa and Versa Note, it’s clearly a more spacious vehicle.
Ready to Find Your Ideal Honda Fit in Phoenix, AZ?
Offering tons of space, more standard features, and incredible fuel economy, the 2017 Fit is unsurprisingly the winner of this Fit vs. Versa showdown—and it’s not even close. Not only is the Honda Fit the subcompact of choice when compared to either Nissan Versas, but it’s also just about better than any other vehicle in its segment. And our Phoenix Honda dealers prove it!
Head over to your nearest Valley Honda Dealers location to discover what so many other Phoenix buyers have already found in their Honda Fits. We have Honda dealerships spread all over the Phoenix area, including Tempe, Surprise, and Prescott, AZ, so there’s no excuse for skipping your 2017 Honda Fit test drive!
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