In a relatively short time on the market, the Honda Fit has made itself the reigning king of the subcompact class. Thanks to interior space that is hard to believe from a car this small, the Fit manages to pack your whole life successfully into its diminutive frame. No matter what kind of active life you lead around Orange County, the Fit will be able to keep up and then some. For a challenger to unseat the Fit and gain preference in this market segment, it would have to put up an incredible fight. In the case of the Nissan Versa Hatchback, it isn’t even close. The Fit leads the way in nearly every category over the Versa Hatchback, and it is hard to imagine a consumer that would be better off with the Versa when a car like the Fit is available.
See for yourself how the Fit manages to best the Versa Hatchback almost all the way across the board.
Since you are compromising overall size when you purchase a subcompact, one of the first considerations should be cargo space. Everyone needs to load up their car at one time or another, whether it is just a day out at a Southern California beach or moving across town. The Fit is famous for its interior space, and the numbers back it up. With the rear ‘magic seat’ folded down, the Fit has an incredible 57.3 cubic feet of storage space available. Some SUV’s would like to have that number. The Versa does quite well for itself by offering 50 cubic feet of storage with its rear seats folded down. That is not bad for a subcompact, but the Fit runs away with this category.
The race between these two is closer in the fuel efficiency testing, but still is a win for the Fit. With the basic package and an automatic transmission, the Fit returns 31 MPG combined while the Versa Hatchback comes in at 30 MPG overall. Both are very solid numbers and will help you to save money at the pump. However, considering all of the other advantages that the Fit brings to the table, a slight win in fuel economy is just another reason to give it the nod.
On the crowded Southern California roads, safety is always a concern. That goes double for a small car like the Fit or Versa that is at a size disadvantage over most other vehicles on the street. In crash testing, the Fit received 4 out of 5 stars in both frontal and side impacts. That is a solid score for a small car, and Honda has a great reputation for building some of the safest cars around.
In those same tests, the Nissan Versa scored three out of five starts in frontal impacts, and four of five for side impacts. It is still a reasonably safe car overall, but you will feel better about putting your loved ones in the Fit than you will in the Versa when it comes to keeping them safe in the case of an accident.
Perhaps the most noticeable difference between these two is in a category that can’t really be measured. The experience of driving the Honda Fit is far beyond that of what you will get from the Versa Hatchback. The Fit feels lively when you are behind the wheel, as it takes corners and accelerates better than you would expect from a subcompact commuter car. At the same time, the Versa Hatchback is a disappointment to drive. It will certainly get you from point to point, but you will not have the driving fun that you can have in the Fit, or even in some of the other subcompact market options.
Both of these cars have two trim packages available, and both can be fitted with the latest technology if you so choose. Navigation systems, Bluetooth, touchscreen displays, and upgraded stereo systems are offered in both cars. This is the only category on our list that comes out pretty even, as both cars are available to be accessorized to meet your needs and preferences.
There is no objective reason for a consumer to choose the Nissan Versa Hatchback over the Honda Fit. The Fit is better in all measurable ways, and also has a more modern, up-to-date look. The Versa Hatchback has not seen a redesign in recent model years and is starting to look its age. The Fit, on the other hand, looks sporty and has kept itself current with trends in design and style. Subcompacts aren’t usually associated with being ‘cool’ cars, but the Fit is as cool as they come. Great fuel economy, functional design, Honda reliability, and an enjoyable driving experience all come together in this impressive package. When you have narrowed your list down to just the Honda Fit and the Versa Hatchback, your decision has already been made – the 2013 Honda Fit is the one for you.