The first of the Nissan Versa models began in 2006. It was introduced as a subcompact car that played with the term "versatile space" as part of its campaign to promote the four-door sedan. It's one of the few automobiles of its kind left as an increase of automakers have been dropping small cars in favor of crossover SUV units. Despite this, there are still at least twenty cars similar to the Nissan Versa worth mentioning.
As of 2019, it went into its third generation as the Japanese-based manufacturing company continues to cater to an audience that still has a preference for smaller cars over SUVs. The 2022 lineup of Versas start at $15,380.00 USD, according to the manufacturer's suggested retail price. Its base model has a horsepower rating of 122 at 6,200 revs per minute.
The fuel economy rating of the 2022 Versa is at thirty-two miles per gallon in the city and forty miles per gallon on the highway. Inside the trunk, there are nearly fifteen cubic feet of space to work with. Even in 2022, it still holds the tradition of making the most out of the versatile spacing it promises as a subcompact sedan.
1. Acura ILX
The 2022 Acura ILX is a subcompact four-door sedan that boasts 201 horsepower at 6,800 revs per minute. Granted, this outperforms the Nissan Versa but what do you expect coming from Acura's camp?
However, as a subcompact alternative, Acura's ILX model works as a luxury alternative to the Versa. The price begins at $33,200.00 USD and comes as a front-wheel drive, just like the Versa. The length of this vehicle is 182.2 inches long, just slightly more than five inches long. Aside from this measurement, the two share similar numbers when it comes to interior spacing for its five-passenger capacity. In cargo space, the Versa is the clear winner at 14.7 cubic inches compared to ILX's 12.4 cubic foot measurement.
2. Acura Integra
The Acura Integra would be another luxury alternative to the Nissan Versa. Starting at $34,350.00 USD, this subcompact four-door sedan measures a length of 186.4 inches. Granted, this is longer than the 177 inches measured by Versa but it still shares the same category. Both of them also come as front-wheel drives
3. Chevrolet Sonic
Although no longer in production, the Chevrolet Sonic came as a hatchback and sedan starting in 2011. After it was announced in 2020 that it was the end of the road for the brand, it served as yet another reminder of how much the iconic domestic automakers have fallen from the top of a mountain they stood on for so long.
Although no longer in production, the Sonic has much in common with the Nissan Versa as a subcompact sedan that also doubled as a compact five-door hatchback. The 2020 Sonic was originally marketed at the base price of $16,720.00 USD and came as a front-wheel drive.
4. Ford Fiesta
2019 marked the final year of Fiesta's production when Ford joined the growing list of automakers in its decision to abandon making any more sedans for the consumer market. Despite this, the 2019 model shares similar characteristics with the Nissan Versa when it comes to size and performance.
This 120-horsepower front-wheel drive automobile shared identical fuel mileage ratings as Versa. Even though they're no longer in production, there are still plenty enough of them to go around as they're still in demand by drivers who haven't caved to crossover SUVs yet.
5. Honda Civic
The 2022 Honda Civic won car of the year in North America as an award. For Honda, this isn't anything new. It's not new for Civic, either. Starting at $22,550.00 USD, it is pricier than the Nissan Versa. However, if you want a car similar to Versa worth mentioning, this is it.
It's more performant at 1585 horsepower at 6,500 revs per minute. As for fuel mileage ratings, it's thirty-one miles per gallon in the city and forty miles per gallon on the highway. Even though the Honda Civic is bigger than the Nissan Sentra, it's still considered a subcompact four-door sedan. It also shares the front-wheel drivetrain.
6. Honda Fit
The Honda Fit began production in 2001 and is now currently in its fourth generation. Up until 2020, Fits were sold on a global scale, including in North America. However, as the demand for subcompact cars dwindled, Honda ceased sending new Fit models in America and Canada.
However, this is still available in select markets, namely in Europe. In size, specifications, and performance, it has much in common with the five-door hatchback versions of the Nissan Versa.
7. Hyundai Accent
Japan's Nissan and South Korea's Hyundai have been longtime rivals that continue to compete against each other with vehicles of similar design. Just like the Nissan Versa, the Hyundai Accent is a compact-sized sedan. Starting at $16,645.00 USD, this is the Korean's answer to catering to the working middle class.
Its horsepower performance level is measured at 120 and has an in-city fuel economy rating of thirty-three miles per gallon. On the highway, it's measured at forty-one miles per gallon. As far as the trunk space goes, it's a wee bit smaller than Versa. It has 13.7 cubic feet of volume to work with compared to Versa's 14.7 cubic feet measurement.
Just like the Nissan Versa, the Hyundai Accent has a front-wheel drivetrain. The car body's measurements are also very similar to each other, inside and out. The biggest difference is the less than five inches in length as the Versa measures 177 inches while the Accent is 177.2 inches.
8. Hyundai Elantra
Although Hyundai Elentra has grown in length to 184.1 inches upon the release of its 2022 lineup, it's still classified as a subcompact four-door sedan. Its 2020 model measured shorter at 181.9 inches.
Regardless, it still has many similarities with the Nissan Versa. Like the Versa, Elentra is a front-wheel drive that also comes as a five-door hatchback. In performance ratings, the Elantra isn't much different from Versa's. This, however, depends on the trim models involved. Both models offer more than one.
9. Kia Forte
Starting at $19,490.00 USD, the Kia Forte is very similar to the Nissan Versa in size and performance. Like the Versa, it's a front-wheel drive. Measuring at 182.7 inches long, the Forte is slightly bigger in this regard but is still classified as a subcompact car.
Just like the Versa, the Kia Forte comes either as a four-door sedan or as a five-door hatchback. The fuel economy rating is also comparable. In the city, the Forte is rated at thirty-one miles per gallon. On the highway, it's forty-one miles per gallon.
10. Kia Rio
Rio has been Kia's subcompact champion since 1999. Much like the Nissan Versa, it has undergone a series of changes but still shares the same features as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. Now in its third generation, the Kia Rio starts at $16,450.00 USD.
In every measurement and performance level that counts, the Rio shares many similar traits to the Versa. The size of the sedan is comparable, inside and out. The fuel economy rating is thirty-three miles per gallon in the city and forty-one miles per gallon on the highway. The horsepower is rated at 120.
11. Mazda Mazda2
Originally, it was the Toyota Yaris before it was redesigned and rebranded as Mazda2. It was, and still is, a four-door sedan that has much in common with the Nissan Versa.
While Toyota has joined several other automakers in the decision to discontinue further production of cars in favor of SUVs, the demand for them still exists among European nations. Currently, this model is in its fourth generation, catering to the European market where it doesn't share the same regulations as the North American ones do.
12. Mazda Mazda3
The Mazda3 shares similar characteristics as the Nissan Versa as a front-wheel drive, subcompact sedan. It's slightly longer at 183.5 inches in length and wider at 70.7 inches compared to 68.5 inches with the Versa. When it comes to interior measurements, the two are not much different from each other.
The fuel economy rating is twenty-eight miles per gallon in the city and thirty-six miles per gallon on the highway. In this regard, the numbers are not much different from each other. It also has more muscle at 155 horsepower. Starting at $21,150.00 USD, the Mazda3 is the closest thing to a Nissan Versa alternative from the Japanese-based competitor.
13. MINI Cooper
The MINI Cooper is a subcompact four-door sedan best known for having a short rear compared to other vehicles in this classification. Although the MINI Cooper is also known for its two-door coupe and three-door hatchback designs, it also comes as a four-door. As far as US News is concerned, it ranks number three on its list of best subcompact cars.
In the city, Cooper's fuel mileage rating is twenty-nine miles per gallon. On the highway, it's thirty-eight miles per gallon. It's a front-wheel drive, just like the Nissan Versa. Although the MINI Cooper is technically regarded as a hatchback, bear in mind the Versa also comes as a five-door hatchback itself.
14. Mitsubishi Mirage G4
From 1978 until 2003, the Mitsubishi Mirage first began as a hatchback. It was brought back to the lineup in 2012. On both occasions, it was classified as a subcompact car. It wasn't however, an official four-door sedan until 2013.
Since becoming a sedan, as well as a five-door hatchback, the similarities between Mitsubishi Mirage and Nissan Versa have become more parallel. The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is actually the model that has the most in common with the Versa in size, performance, and style. Starting at $15,645.00 USD, the Mirage G4 offers a combined fuel mileage rating of thirty-seven miles per gallon. This is comparable to the Nissan Versa's thirty-five miles per gallon rating.
15. Nissan Sentra
The $19,810.00 USD Nissan Sentra is like a big brother to Nissan Versa but still shares the same classification as a subcompact four-door sedan. The first generation of the Sentra began in 1982 and has since gone into its eighth generation as of 2019.
Although longer at 182.7 inches in length, the Sentra offers a wee bit less cargo room at 14.3 inches. The five-passenger vehicle offers a bit more room in the back but is otherwise similar to the Versa in the front. The only major difference is in the front shoulder area where the Sentra offers about three inches more.
16. Subaru Impreza
Starting at $19,295.00 USD, the Subaru Impreza shares the same category as Nissan's Versa. It also shares similar measurements inside and out. The fuel capacity of 13.2 gallons is also the same. However, this one is an all-wheel drive, not a front-wheel.
It also has superior horsepower at 152, based on 6,000 revs per minute. The fuel economy isn't rated as high, either. It's twenty-seven miles per gallon in the city and thirty-six miles per gallon on the highway.
17. Suzuki Ciaz
Suzuki's Ciaz was designed as a direct competitor against the Nissan Versa. The 2024 Suzuki Ciaz is a four-door sedan, just like the Versa. It's also designed as a front-wheel drive. At 6,000 revs per minute, the horsepower performance is rated at 103.25.
The Suzuki Ciaz has been in circulation since 2014. it was developed as a subcompact sedan, just like the Versa. As of 2021, it was rebadged as the Toyota Belta for certain markets in the Middle East. Ciaz is an acronym for comfort, intelligence, attitude, and zeal. This car's measurements are very similar to the Nissan Versa.
18. Toyota Corolla
The 2022 edition of the Toyota Corolla starts at $20,425.00 USD. Its fuel mileage rating is slightly less at thirty-one miles per gallon in the city and forty miles per gallon on the highway. The body length of the Corolla is slightly larger at 182.3 inches long than Nissan Versa's 177 inches. In seating, it's slightly roomier than the Versa but its trunk space is smaller at 13.1 cubic feet.
Just like the Versa, the Corolla is a front-wheel drive, four-door sedan. The horsepower capacity of one of Toyota's oldest models is rated at 139 at 6,100 revs per minute. Between the two, the Corolla offers more muscle compared to the Versa.
19. Volkswagen Golf
As a five-door hatchback, the Volkswagen Golf and the 2019 Nissan Versa are similar enough to each other to earn a spot on this list. Pricier at $29,880.00 USD, the 2022 Golf has been a solid fixture with Volkswagen since 1974. Now in its eighth generation, it still shares the subcompact spotlight as Versa.
20. Volkswagen Jetta
Since 1979, the Volkswagen Jetta has been a solid fixture in the small family car scene as its answer to the compact sedan niche. It is one of the company's most popular models and is now in its seventh generation. In style, size, and performance, it has much in common with Nissan's Versa.
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