Last post on Oct 03, 2007 at 10:27 AM
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Honda Civic, Nissan Versa, Car Safety
#6 of 45 Re: Honda Civic LX or Nissan Versa SL? [jacksan1]
Mar 07, 2007 (5:07 pm)
Ideal conditions (Edmund testers):
- Civic: 130 ft
- Versa w/ABS & BA: 136 ft
Real world conditions (90% of drivers):
- Civic: 160 ft (for example)
- Versa w/ABS & BA: 140 ft
I really like the styling and quality of the Civic but the Versa is a bit larger inside, has more features, and perhaps a bit safer. Hmm... so hard to choose.
#8 of 45 Re: Honda Civic LX or Nissan Versa SL? [dbp54]
Mar 07, 2007 (6:39 pm)
Well the tires on the Versa are not high quality. I suggest you test drive one. I own one and I would defaintly not choose the current stock ones. They don't have enough grip.
I love the convince pakagae on mine. I don't have the abs, and I do wish I had more braking power, but then again it isn't horrific just not stop on a dime.
The CVT is differnt than an auto and the car behaves a tad differently. On a whole the CVT is smoother than a automatic, but it can be a tad jerky at times to(i.e. if you punch it).
#9 of 45 Re: Honda Civic LX or Nissan Versa SL? [jacksan1]
Mar 07, 2007 (8:19 pm)
Be sure to check the crash safety ratings at NHTSA and IIHS and compare the two vehicles:
IIHS tests show both cars have "Good" rating across the board.
Government tests show Civic slightly better in frontal crash, while Versa slightly better in side crash.
They both weight approximately the same.
So it's safe to say they offer the same level of protection in crashes.
But (on paper) the Versa LS is a bit better at PREVENTING crashes with it's Brake Assist (which comes with ABS package) and TPMS.
#10 of 45 Re: Honda Civic LX or Nissan Versa SL? [dbp54]
Mar 09, 2007 (6:21 pm)
The trouble with the TPS is it only tells you if your tires are inflated correctly. It won't warn you that the tire is about to have a blow out or somethihng. Correct inflation does in theory help braking and handing but frankly in terms of safety both cars are a wash.
From my experince the with a non abs versa, it does not have good braking and the tires do not grip well to the road. In fact that is one of the few things I would change about the car.
Otherwise I love the car. I love it's roomyness. Love the conveince pakage.
If it were between the versa and the civic, and I liked the way the civic looked better. I would take the civic. There just isn't enough of a safety difference between the two cars to sweat about. Infact I would say either no safety difference OR if there is one it goes to the civic(not the versa).
#11 of 45 Re: Honda Civic LX or Nissan Versa SL?
Mar 09, 2007 (8:57 pm)
i current drive an accord v6 and my pops has a civic lx auto
the civic has pretty awesome handling for having "softer" suspension that the coupe and the SI, and even in several hard stops, i didn't notice any real significant brake fade
from my understanding, the sentra's frame is a crossover from small SUV?
defenitely opt for the civic, you will not regret it, even Consumer Reports says that it is the best small sedan under 20k and I have to agree after driving numerous cars
#12 of 45 Re: Honda Civic LX or Nissan Versa SL? [dbp54]
Mar 10, 2007 (4:06 pm)
...the Versa is a bit larger inside
I don't know what you mean by "a bit larger," but I sat in the Civic LX and the Versa hatch and sedan today within a few minutes of each other at my local auto show and the Versa seemed MUCH roomier inside than the Civic, both in rear legroom and in headroom. The rear legroom of the Versa is amazing for a car its size. When I adjusted the driver's seat height (SL) fairly high for good thigh support, I was able to move it forward too. I am 5'10", 32" inseam. With the driver's seat so adjusted, I had tons rear legroom, partly because there's a lot of space under the front seat for feet. There was more rear legroom than in the new Altimas sitting next to the Versas (partly because there isn't as much foot room under the Altima's seat). The Civic by comparison had much less rear legroom and also much less headroom, so it felt claustrophobic compared to the Versa. I thought the driving positions of both cars were good.
#13 of 45 I'm a Nissan Homer
Mar 13, 2007 (6:12 am)
But they are both really good cars. The edge with the civic is that it's a little bit bigger and reliability shouldn't be an issue.
The edge with the versa is that you are getting more car for your money (bluetooth, intellikey, EBD, TPMS, alloy rims i think)
Even if the TPMS on the Versa doesn't work that well and only tells you when the tire is inflated incorrectly, it's better then nothing at all.
If you can live without the extra's you get for a Versa, then I would definitely go with the civic based on reliability and the fact that you like the styling more. I'm surprised you would need to pre-order a Versa, there should be plenty of dealerships that have them, I'm sure you can find one for the same price
#14 of 45 Re: Honda Civic LX or Nissan Versa SL? [morningsoup]
Mar 15, 2007 (6:54 am)
The sentra plateform is from a European car, not a crossover SUV, Nissan is coming out this Nov, with a Escape, CRV, RAV-4 size corssover SUV that is on the same plateform as the Sentra.
#15 of 45 Honda vs. Nissan
Mar 15, 2007 (6:07 pm)
Got out of a Nissan last year and into a Honda, Sentra and Civic. No comparison...Honda wins hands down. And I've had Nissan, Toyota, Isuzu & Datsun. For my money in the small/economy car...Honda rules! No more questions.