Nissan Versa Comparisons

The Versa Takes on Kia

If you're shopping on a budget and don't need a lot of car, then subcompact sedans make a great choice -- especially when you're driving around on busy city streets. While there are plenty of contenders in this segment, our Nissan Versa is the standard by which all others are measured. We decided to compare the Versa sedan to two popular contenders the Kia Forte. Read on to see how things turned out.


Nissan Versa vs. Kia Forte


This battle was over before it really started. When we took a look at the entry-level models of each sedan, the Versa came in with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price that's significantly lower than that of the Forte. When you consider that even at that lower price the Versa also includes standard features that aren't offered for the base Forte, it's quite clear which model offers the best value for your money.


The Nissan Versa comes with standard whiplash protection that helps prevent neck and spine injuries, while the Kia Forte doesn't offer that extra safety measure. The Forte comes with a metal fuel tank that's prone to leaking when impacted, which can lead to a greater possibility of fire; the Versa features a plastic fuel tank that better withstands hard, intrusive impacts.



The Versa has a taller profile than the Forte, making it easier to see the road ahead. Front-row occupants enjoy greater headroom in the Versa than they do in the Forte, while rear-sear passengers have more legroom to stretch out.


The Nissan Versa includes standard speed-sensitive steering, digital/analog instrumentation display, and Siri Eyes Free voice-activated audio control. Neither Siri Eyes Free nor speed-sensitive steering are available for the Forte, which only has old-school analog instrumentation.

Explore the Nissan Versa at Jim Keras Nissan

If you're interested in taking the Versa out for a test drive, drop by our Nissan showroom at 2080 Covington Pike in Memphis TN. Our full inventory is available to you, and our team is happy to assist our Collierville, Southaven, Barlett TN, Olive Branch TN, Cordova, and Lakeland customers. You may find that it's a great time-saver to go ahead and complete our finance application before your visit, enabling you to spend more time checking out your transportation options. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to contact us and ask to speak with one of our team members. We're here to help!