2020 Nissan Versa vs. 2019 Toyota Yaris
KEY VERSA ADVANTAGES
- More powerful engine – Versa’s 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine has more power than Yaris’s 1.5-liter 4-cylinder, providing more responsive acceleration and passing capability.
- 16 more horsepower than Yaris (122 hp vs. 106)
- 11 more lb-ft of torque than Yaris (114 lb-ft vs. 103)
- Available Intelligent Cruise Control1 (ICC) (Full-Speed Range) – Versa’s available Intelligent Cruise Control automatically adjusts the vehicle’s set speed according to the flow of traffic. The system enables the vehicle to help maintain a preset gap to the vehicle ahead. This feature is not available on any Yaris.
- More supplemental air bags2 – Versa has a total of 10 air bags, including two front-seat knee and two rear-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags. Yaris only offers six air bags, and none are front knee or rear-passenger side-impact supplemental air bags.
- Front-seat supplemental knee air bags
- Rear-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
- More available advanced safety technologies – Versa offers a long list of advanced safety technologies that can warn drivers and intervene if necessary to help prevent a collision or mitigate its effects. Yaris has a Low-Speed Pre-Collision System but has no equivalent to Versa’s other advanced safety features.
- Standard Lane Departure Warning3 (LDW) with Haptic Steering Wheel
- Available Blind Spot Warning4 (BSW)
- Available Rear Cross Traffic Alert5 (RCTA)
- Standard Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection6 (vs. no pedestrian detection)
- Standard Rear Automatic Braking7 (RAB)
- Roomier interior – Versa offers more room for passengers and storage than Yaris.
- 1.3 inches more front head room (39.5 in. vs. 38.2)
- 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room (53.6 in. vs. 50.0)
- 2.3 inches more front hip room (50.9 in. vs. 48.6)
- 2.6 inches more front leg room (44.5 in. vs. 41.9)
- 3 cubic feet more interior passenger volume (88.9 cu. ft. vs. 85.9)
- 1.2–1.5 cubic feet more trunk capacity (14.7–15.0 cu. ft. vs. 13.5)
- Xtronic CVT® (vs. 6-speed A/T)
- Hill start assist
- Standard automatic on/off headlights (vs. available)
- Zero Gravity front seats
- More total USB ports (3 vs. 2)
- Available Rear Door Alert8
- Available Remote Engine Start
- Siri® Eyes Free9 and Google Assistant™9 (Voice Recognition)
- Available Apple CarPlay®9 and Android Auto™9
- Available Intelligent Driver Alertness10 (I-DA)
- Available 7-inch Advanced Drive-Assist® Display
- Available individual tire pressure monitoring11
- Easy-Fill Tire Alert
Yaris is Toyota’s entry-level subcompact sedan, formerly sold as the Scion iA. It is available in three trim levels (L, LE, XLE). Both L and LE offer a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The XLE is only equipped with the automatic. There are no available standalone options or packages, just a few accessories.
Yaris comes with a 106-hp 1.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine.
Toyota positions Yaris as a stylish, fuel-efficient sedan with “modern technology” and Toyota’s Active Safety System. Yet Versa offers equal fuel economy (with CVT) while also adding energetic and dynamic styling. Versa boosts its value with a greater number of advanced convenience technologies, more passenger and cargo room, all the same features as Toyota’s Active Safety System, plus a longer list of advanced safety technologies.