Comparing the Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, and Honda Fit

Feb 8 13:01 2009 Joe Kent Print This Article

The sub-compact car market is hotter than ever before. Fueled in part by the rising gas prices experienced this past year, the sub-compact craze is also being fueled by excellent products that have appealed to a wider range of consumers.

Of course when we’re talking about subcompacts,Guest Posting we’re talking about three brands in particular – Honda, Toyota, and Nissan. The Japanese Big Three have been making quality, affordable subcompact cars for years, but it is their most recent range of vehicles that offer not only affordability and quality, but also exude unique comfort, styling, and even sportiness. With an attractive blend of in-demand qualities, cars such as the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, and Nissan Versa, are no longer just about getting from point A to point B - they're about saving money without sacrificing the driving experience. Let’s take a closer look at these incredible subcompacts.

2009 Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris is widely recognized as a smaller version of the Corolla. With a base price of about $14K, the Toyota Yaris offers plenty of value. Powering the Yaris is a 1.5-liter DOHC four cylinder engine that produces 106 horsepower and 103 lb. ft. of torque. That may not seem like loads of power, but this peppy engine propels the Yaris to 60 mph in only 8.5 seconds - faster than the Fit or the Versa.

In addition to being fairly light on its feet, Westminster Toyota dealer test drivers say that the Yaris also handles comfortably, although not quite athletically. Steering is a somewhat on the slower side, which is common among many Toyota models. That being said, most buyers such as those shopping at Los Angeles Toyota dealers aren’t looking for a performer, they’re looking for something efficient, and the Yaris has no problem there with 20 miles per gallon in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

Inside the Yaris, occupants will find a copious amount of room, thanks in part to the car’s tear-drop shape. In addition to the standard slew of features such as air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, power locks and windows, the Yaris comes with another feature that's important to Toyota dealers Olympia customers - Toyota reliability. For those who want to express themselves further, there are also numerous Toyota accessories available to dress your Yaris up and make it even more attractive. 2009 Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa is the largest of the three and also includes many features standard, such as A/C, CD stereo, and even a 122 horsepower 1.6-liter engine. And with a base price under $10K, the Nissan Versa may be the most value packed of the three.

The Versa is available with two engines, including the available 1.6-liter we already mentioned which has been the most popular choice among Hartford Nissan dealers. The standard engine is 106 horsepower engine, but for under ten grand, that’s still plenty of power. Not only are there plenty of standard amenities, especially with the Versa S, but the Nissan also delivers the highest fuel economy ratings, excellent quality and fit and finish, and even a spacious rear seating area.

While the these three cars fill the need for simple, basic transportation, the Nissan Versa delivers much more for less. Although the Versa is by no means a sporty car admits Boston Nissan dealers, especially compared to the Honda Fit, it does handle well. Because the Versa is also the largest, its acceleration is fairly mediocre due to its weight.

2009 Honda Fit

The Honda Fit is ideal for those who want the high fuel-efficiency, low emissions, and low cost, without sacrificing sportiness. This is precisely why the latest Honda Fit has become such as hit.

Without diluting the fun-to-drive appeal of the Fit, Honda has improved the formula compared with the previous generation. The Fit is gets 28 mpg in city driving, and 35 mpg on the highway. Additionally, the Fit is quiet and composed while underway, with excellent fit and finish and quality interior materials. There are even unique features available, including as voice-controlled navigation! And, the base Fit is a popular vehicle at Birmingham Honda dealers as it comes with power everything, making it well-appointed from the start.

For those who want the most practical vehicle possible, you’ll also be impressed with the Honda Fit’s impressive 57.3 cubic ft. of cargo space. The Fit’s cargo carrying capabilities are also helped by the Rear Magic Seats which enables the seat bottoms to be stowed to allow for more room.

With only 1.5-liter, 117 horsepower VTEC engine, you may never expect it, but the Honda Fit is really fun to drive. The Fit is light on its feet and has enough power to satisfy most drivers, especially those at Honda Philadelphia which have been drawn to the Fit's driving dynamics. While underway, the Fit’s available navigation system is also easy to use and operate, although there is no XM or Sirius radio option.

Offering value and fun, the Honda Fit is unlike many of its peers. The Fit also provides plenty of standard features at around $16K. While the Fit may also command a price tag higher than that of the Yaris or Versa, many at one Pittsburgh Honda dealer would agree that it’s worth the extra cash.

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Joe Kent
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Joe Kent is a writer for TK Carsites, an automotive website design and marketing firm in Orange, CA, that specializes in working with car dealers nationwide.

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