Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2015 Ford Fiesta VS 2015 Nissan Versa Near Goodyear, AZ

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2015 Ford Fiesta

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2015 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 Note doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium has standard 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 Note 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 Note 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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 Note:

Fiesta

Versa Note

OVERALL STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

148

333

Neck Injury Risk

25%

47%

Neck Stress

246 lbs.

363 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

140 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

415/349 lbs.

807/1020 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

291

404

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

52%

68%

Neck Stress

156 lbs.

248 lbs.

Neck Compression

118 lbs.

141 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

544/408 lbs.

428/846 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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Nissan Versa Note:

Fiesta

Versa Note

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

17 inches

HIC

180

195

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

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 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 Note’s 470-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 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 16th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 19th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 17th in reliability. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

The Fiesta’s standard 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (120 vs. 109) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (112 vs. 107) than the Versa Note’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. The Fiesta’s optional 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (123 vs. 109) and 41 lbs.-ft. more torque (148 vs. 107) than the Versa Note’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Versa Note Manual (31 city/43 hwy vs. 27 city/36 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta Manual 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Versa Note Manual (28 city/36 hwy vs. 27 city/36 hwy).

The Fiesta has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Versa Note (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 Note 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 Note:

Fiesta

Versa Note

Front Rotors

10.2 inches

10.02 inches

The Fiesta stops shorter than the Versa Note:

Fiesta

Versa Note

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

147 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Fiesta’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Versa Note SR/SL’s 55 series tires.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium Sedan has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Versa Note, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

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 Note doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis Comparison

The Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback is 3.3 inches shorter than the Versa Note, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Note 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 Note doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The power windows standard on both the Fiesta and the Versa Note 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 Note 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 Note SV/SR/SL’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 Note SV/SR/SL.

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 keypad. The Versa Note doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Fiesta’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Versa Note S/S Plus/SV’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Consumer Reports rated the Fiesta’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Versa Note’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Fiesta’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Versa Note doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

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

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 Note 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 Note doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fiesta owner. Kiplinger’s estimates that insurance for the Fiesta will cost $156 less than the Versa Note each year.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fiesta second among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Versa Note isn’t in the top three.

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