Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Versa VS 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Near New Braunfels, TX

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2017 Nissan Versa

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2016 Chevrolet Cruze

Safety Comparison

The Versa Sedan has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Versa Sedan and the Cruze Limited 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 rearview cameras.

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 Nissan Versa Sedan is safer than the Chevrolet Cruze Limited:


Versa Sedan

Cruze Limited


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

785 lbs.

857 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

The Versa Sedan’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Cruze Limited’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Versa Sedan’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Cruze Limited L/LS 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Cruze Limited’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Versa Sedan has a standard 470-amp battery. The Cruze Limited’s 438-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Versa Sedan’s reliability will be 139% better than the Cruze Limited.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Versa Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Cruze Limited:



Versa Sedan

Cruze Limited



1.6 4 cyl./5-spd. Manual

27 city/36 hwy

25 city/35 hwy

1.8 4 cyl./Manual


1.6 4 cyl./CVT

31 city/39 hwy

22 city/34 hwy

1.8 4 cyl./Auto




26 city/36 hwy

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Versa Sedan stops shorter than the Cruze Limited:


Versa Sedan

Cruze Limited


70 to 0 MPH

179 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Versa Sedan SL has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Versa Sedan has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Versa Sedan flat and controlled during cornering. The Cruze Limited’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Versa Sedan has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Versa Sedan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.8% to 42.2%) than the Cruze Limited’s (60.3% to 39.7%). This gives the Versa Sedan more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Versa Sedan’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Cruze Limited LTZ’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Versa Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 700 pounds less than the Chevrolet Cruze Limited.

The Versa Sedan is 5.6 inches shorter than the Cruze Limited, making the Versa Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Versa Sedan has .5 inches more front headroom and 1.6 inches more rear legroom than the Cruze Limited.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Versa Sedan easier. The Versa Sedan’s trunk lift-over height is 27.5 inches, while the Cruze Limited’s liftover is 28.6 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Intelligent Key standard on the Versa Sedan SL allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Cruze Limited’s available Keyless Access doesn’t unlock the trunk.

The Versa Sedan has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

With standard voice command, the Versa Sedan SL offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Versa Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Versa Sedan will retain 51.75% to 57.76% of its original price after five years, while the Cruze Limited only retains 46.59% to 49.38%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Versa Sedan will be $2939 to $6457 less than for the Chevrolet Cruze Limited.

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