The subcompact 2021 Nissan Versa and the compact Sentra are both small sedans, and upon first glance, there don’t appear to be too many difference between them. But depending on your needs, one of these two cars might be a better fit for you.
The Versa is smaller than the Sentra, so it’s about $5,000 less expensive. If price is the main concern for you, the Versa is the way to go, but both of these vehicles are priced very affordably at under $20,000.
The Sentra has a stronger engine than the Versa, putting out 149 horsepower as opposed to the Versa’s 122 horsepower. Despite this difference in power, their fuel economy is pretty comparable. The Versa is slightly more efficient at 32 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.* The Sentra gets 29 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.**
The Versa has a shorter wheelbase than the Sentra, but it actually has a little bit more space on the inside. It’s taller, so it has several extra inches of headroom. It also has a slightly larger trunk at 15 cubic feet when compared to the Sentra’s 14.3 cubic feet. Not a huge difference, but if you need a vehicle that can fit as much cargo as possible, the Versa might be preferable.
If the style of your car matters to you, the Versa and Sentra each bring their own unique look to the table. The Versa has a shorter front end and a more blunt appearance, while the Sentra is designed to look more like the Altima and Maxima sedans, with a longer nose and a more flared back end.
Trims, amenities, and tech
The Versa and Sentra have the same trim levels, and mostly come with the same interior amenities and infotainment tech. This includes available heated front seats, standard Safety Shield® 360, and smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.
No matter which of these fine Nissan vehicles is right for you, you can test drive either or both at James Ceranti Nissan in Greenville, Mississippi, today.
*2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 32 City MPG / 40 Highway MPG / 35 Combined MPG for Versa with Xtronic CVT®. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.
**2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 29 City MPG / 39 Highway MPG / 33 Combined MPG for Sentra® S, SV. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.