2016 Ford Fiesta vs 2016 Nissan Versa
2016 Ford Fiesta 2016 Nissan Versa
1.6-liter 120-hp four-cylinder Base Engine 1.6-liter 109-hp four-cylinder
3 Engine Options 1
31 city/43 highway Best Fuel Economy 31 city/40 highway
197 Max Horsepower 109

2016 Ford Fiesta vs 2016 Nissan Versa

2016 Ford Fiesta interior

Very few car segments have seen a higher fun-factor increase than the subcompact. These small cars have gone from thrifty vehicles intended for budget-minded owners to fun, nimble sports cars. The 2016 Ford Fiesta vs the 2016 Nissan Versa compares two of the hottest new cars in the subcompact class.

Beginning with the engine options, one car quickly takes an early lead. Both the Fiesta and the Versa offer drivers 1.6-liter four-cylinder base engines. However, the Ford engine is able to engineer more horsepower, 120 to 109. The Fiesta continues to extend its lead through two additional engine options. The only engine available on the Versa is the base four-cylinder.

For the Fiesta’s first added engine option, Ford takes a step backwards in the cylinder department, but significant steps forward in both fuel economy and power. This is done through an available EcoBoost 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. This peppy little engine still offers an impressive 123-horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, but the headliner is the 31 city/43 highway miles per gallon fuel economy estimate.

For the best power numbers, the performance-oriented Fiesta ST comes equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder. This powerful engine maxes out the car’s horsepower at 197.

2016 Ford Fiesta Interior Features and Safety Rating

The 2016 Ford Fiesta is offered in four trim levels and as either a hatchback or sedan. The performance Fiesta ST is available only as a hatchback. Base Fiesta S models offer a significant amount of standard features, including Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary connectivity. Higher trims offer upgraded upholstery and sound systems and a larger infotainment screen as well as comfort features like heated seats, mirrors and automatic climate control.

In government safety testing, the 2016 Fiesta earned a five-star overall rating. Available safety features include a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Fiesta SE models include the MyKey system, which enables parents to set parameters for learning drivers.

For drivers looking to get the absolute most out of a compact car, the 2016 Ford Focus offers a blend of fuel economy, sport and comfort that cannot be matched by any other vehicle in this class.

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