Vehicle Comparisons:
2018 Toyota Corolla vs Nissan Versa

If you’re seeking a compact car near San Diego, Kearny Mesa, and El Cajon, two options to consider are the Corolla and the Versa. Both have good fuel economy and spacious interiors. Which one will ultimately satisfy your driving needs?

To help answer that question, we here at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego created this 2018 Toyota Corolla vs. Nissan Versa vehicle comparison. Read through this side-by-side review, and contact us if you have any questions.

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Toyota Corolla vs Nissan Versa: Cutting-Edge Technologies

The 2018 Toyota Corolla offers many technologies to help you stay connected and entertained. For instance, it comes standard with the Entune™ Audio infotainment system. This comes with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, 6-speaker sound system, Siri® Eyes Free, and Bluetooth® technology to stream audio or make hands-free phone calls.

Upgrade to the higher trim levels, and you’ll get a 7-inch high resolution touchscreen and advanced voice recognition. Plus, there’s a navigation system, HD Radio™, and a trial subscription to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio in the highest trim level.

Unfortunately, if you’re a technophile, the 2018 Nissan Versa won’t be a good match for you. While it does come standard with Bluetooth® capability for making phone calls, you can’t stream audio until the highest trim level.

Other features that are only in the highest trim level include a 5-inch color display screen and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. Furthermore, the sound system for every trim in the Versa is just four speakers.

Interior Space & Amenities

Each vehicle can comfortably seat five, with the Corolla offering 42.3 inches of front legroom, 41.4 inches of rear legroom, and 97.5 cubic feet of passenger volume.

While the Versa is still spacious, it offers a little less room than the Corolla. It has 41.8 inches of front legroom, 37 inches of rear legroom, and 90.2 cubic feet of passenger volume.

The differences are made even more noticeable when it comes to interior amenities. The 2018 Corolla, for example, offers an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat to get in that perfect position behind the wheel. It also offers heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel for extra comfort and sophistication.

Meanwhile, the 2018 Versa offers a 6-way manual driver’s seat in its highest trim level. It also doesn’t have heated seats in any version of the vehicle. The only feature that’s the same is the leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Performance Specs

The Toyota Corolla comes standard with a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that puts out 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. It can also produce 140 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque, depending on which trim level you choose.

The Nissan Versa, on other hand, comes with a 1.6L 4-cylinder that puts out just 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque.

However, fuel economy is close between the two vehicles. In their base trims, the Corolla achieves an EPA-estimated 28 city/36 highway MPG,1 and the Versa achieves an EPA-estimated 27 city/36 highway MPG.

The most fuel-efficient trim in the Corolla achieves an EPA-estimated 30 city/40 highway MPG.2  Again, the Versa is comparable, with an EPA-estimated 31 city/39 highway MPG.

Toyota Corolla vs Nissan Versa: Verdict

Although the Versa has similar fuel economy ratings to the Corolla, that’s unfortunately where their similarities end. The Corolla pulls ahead in this comparison for its more spacious interior and longer list of features.

If you live near San Diego, Kearny Mesa, or El Cajon, and want an up-close look at the Toyota Corolla, then schedule a test drive at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego today!

  1. 2018 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.
  2. 2017 EPA-estimated 30 city/40 highway/34 combined MPG for Corolla LE Eco. Actual mileage will vary.

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