Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Versa VS 2017 Kia Rio Near Austin, TX

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2017 Nissan Versa

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2017 Kia Rio

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 Rio doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Compared to metal, the Versa Sedan’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Kia Rio has a metal gas tank.

Both the Versa Sedan and the Rio 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

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

 

Versa Sedan

Rio

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

311

318

Neck Injury Risk

28%

31%

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 Nissan Versa Sedan is safer than the Kia Rio:

 

Versa Sedan

Rio

 

Front Seat

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

216

307

Abdominal Force

220 G’s

327 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

175

286

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

45 G’s

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

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Versa Sedan is safer than the Rio:

 

Versa Sedan

Rio

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Structure

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

 

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Shoulder Movement

27 mm

46 mm

 

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

The Nissan Versa Sedan has a better fatality history. The Versa Sedan was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 19% lower per vehicle registered than the Rio, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

The Versa Sedan’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Rio runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 73 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Versa Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Versa Sedan has a 110-amp alternator. The Rio’s standard 90-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Versa Sedan has a standard 470-amp battery. The Rio’s 410-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 27% better than the Rio.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Versa Sedan CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Rio Auto (31 city/39 hwy vs. 27 city/36 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Versa Sedan has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Rio doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Versa Sedan stops shorter than the Rio:

 

Versa Sedan

Rio

 

70 to 0 MPH

179 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

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 Rio 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 Rio’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Versa Sedan’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Rio (102.4 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The Versa Sedan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.8% to 42.2%) than the Rio’s (62.2% to 37.8%). This gives the Versa Sedan more stable handling and braking.

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Versa Sedan has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Rio uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Versa Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Rio Sedan (14.9 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Versa Sedan, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Rio.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Versa Sedan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Versa Sedan will cost $130 to $860 less than the Rio over a five-year period.

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 Rio only retains 41.7% to 47.66%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Versa Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Rio because it costs $180 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Versa Sedan than the Rio, including $100 less for a water pump, $20 less for a starter and $35 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Versa Sedan will be $1556 to $2117 less than for the Kia Rio.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Versa outsold the Kia Rio by over five to one during the 2016 model year.

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