Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Fiesta VS 2018 Nissan Versa Near Cleveland, GA

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2018 Ford Fiesta

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2018 Nissan Versa

Safety Comparison

The Fiesta’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Versa Sedan doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Fiesta (except S) offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Versa Sedan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Fiesta and the Versa Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Nissan Versa Sedan:



Versa Sedan




5 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

246 lbs.

418 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

75 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

415/349 lbs.

751/789 lbs.




4 Stars

3 Stars




Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

156 lbs.

239 lbs.

Neck Compression

118 lbs.

162 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

544/408 lbs.

524/501 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Nissan Versa Sedan:



Versa Sedan


5 Stars

4 Stars


Front Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Movement

1.2 inches

1.5 inches

Abdominal Force

210 G’s

220 G’s

Hip Force

413 lbs.

556 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars





Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

17 inches

Hip Force

717 lbs.

785 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Ford Fiesta has a better fatality history. The Fiesta was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 20.9% lower per vehicle registered than the Versa Sedan, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Fiesta has a standard 500-amp battery. The Versa Sedan’s 470-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

Engine Comparison

The Fiesta’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (120 vs. 109) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (112 vs. 107) than the Versa Sedan’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fiesta is faster than the Nissan Versa Sedan (automatics tested):



Versa Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

9.8 sec

Quarter Mile

17.4 sec

17.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Fiesta has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Versa Sedan (12.4 vs. 10.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Versa Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Fiesta’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Versa Sedan:



Versa Sedan

Front Rotors

10.2 inches

10.02 inches

The Fiesta stops much shorter than the Versa Sedan:



Versa Sedan


70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

147 feet

152 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fiesta’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Versa Sedan (195/50R16 vs. 185/65R15).

The Fiesta’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Versa Sedan’s standard 65 series tires. The Fiesta’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Versa Sedan’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fiesta offers optional 16-inch wheels. The Versa Sedan’s largest wheels are only 15-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Versa Sedan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Fiesta Titanium Sedan handles at .81 G’s, while the Versa Sedan pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback is 1 foot, 3.7 inches shorter than the Versa Sedan, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fiesta Sedan has 1.8 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 3 inches more rear hip room than the Versa Sedan.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fiesta Automatic offers a 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 Versa Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Fiesta has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Versa Sedan doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The power windows standard on both the Fiesta and the Versa Sedan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fiesta is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Versa Sedan prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium’s available driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Versa Sedan SV’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Fiesta’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks are only available on the Versa Sedan SV.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Versa Sedan doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium 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 Versa Sedan doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Fiesta’s available outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Versa Sedan doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Fiesta’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Versa Sedan’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Fiesta (except S) offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Versa Sedan.

The Fiesta (except S)’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Versa Sedan doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Fiesta has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Versa Sedan doesn’t offer rear vents.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Fiesta’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Versa Sedan doesn’t offer a filtration system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fiesta owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fiesta will cost $705 less than the Versa Sedan over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Versa Sedan because typical repairs cost less on the Fiesta than the Versa Sedan, including $60 less for front brake pads, $173 less for fuel injection, $8 less for a fuel pump, $29 less for front struts, $57 less for a timing belt/chain and $30 less for a power steering pump.

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