2016 Nissan Sentra vs 2016 Nissan Versa

Meet the two smaller sedans of the Nissan family, the Sentra and the Versa. Both are quality, value-packed vehicles, but depending on the amount of space, technology, and creature comforts that you want as well as your budget, one sedan may be more appealing than the other. As we take the 2016 Nissan Sentra vs 2016 Nissan Versa, we'll identify things the two share in common as well as distinguishing differences.

One of more obvious differences between the two sedans right off the bat are their faces. The 2016 Nissan Sentra has adopted the new signature V-motion grille as well as the sweptback boomerang headlights with LED accents. With each model refresh, Nissan vehicles have slowly been switching over to the new profile--the Versa is still on the waitlist but has no problem showing off its rounded out, handsome, and now classic look.

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2016 Nissan Sentra vs 2016 Nissan Versa
Compact Size Subcompact
No Hatchback Version Yes
30 city/ 40 hwy mpg Fuel Economy Rating 31 city/ 40 hwy mpg





Trim Levels


S Plus



The Small Nissan Sedan Showdown

As Nissan vehicles, the Sentra and Versa are of course are going to share some similarities. Both will offer the same technology, like the Nissan Intelligent Key as well as the NissanConnect infotainment system. The similarities are easier to find and that’s why we will primarily be focusing on the differences here.

Size: The difference in size between a compact and subcompact car isn’t staggering, but there is a noticeable difference when it comes down to storage space. Despite the Versa being the smaller sedan of the two, rear passenger space is nearly identical to what the Sentra is able to provide. As a subcompact car, the Nissan Versa has to adhere to certain measurements, and even with that being said, it still is able to provide a maximum amount of 14.9 cu-ft of cargo space.

Performance: Beneath the hood of the Nissan Sentra is a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that creates 130 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. The Versa’s engine isn’t quite as powerful considering it is a 1.6L 4-cylinder that produces 109 horsepower. Even with that being said, the two sedans share nearly an identical fuel economy rating and would be excellent candidates for commuting.

To learn more about which specific features come standard on each sedan’s trim levels, we encourage you to get in touch with a Glendale Nissan teammember. We’d love to talk more and let you take the 2016 Nissan Sentra or Versa for a test drive.

front view of the 2016 nissan sentra in red
interior of the 2016 nissan sentra
front view of the 2016 nissan versa
interior of the 2016 nissan versa