2016 Nissan Versa S  vs 2016 Kia Rio LX

A closer look at the smaller end of things on the sedan spectrum leads us to two of the most affordable subcompact cars on the market. The 2016 Nissan Versa S vs 2016 Kia Rio LX both show off the impressive qualities of an affordable of a small sedan. Both vehicles are offered in a second body style, a 5-door hatch. Compared to the 2016 Kia Rio, the 2016 Nissan Versa offers one additional trim level while its hatchback version is known as the Versa Note.

In its most basic form, the 2016 Nissan Versa S rides on 15-inch steel wheels, has cloth upholstery, manual locks and windows and comes equipped with the following features and capabilities:

  • Body-color power mirrors

  • Air-conditioning

  • Bluetooth phone connectivity

  • 4 speaker sound system w/ CD player and aux. input jack

  • Steering wheel audio controls

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2016 Nissan Versa vs 2016 Kia Rio
$11,990 MSRP $14,165
27 city/ 36 hwy mpg Fuel Economy Rating 27 city/37 hwy mpg
Yes Hatchback Version Yes


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2016 Nissan Versa: Valuable and Versatile

One of the greatest advantages to considering the 2016 Nissan Versa is its price. By far and large, it is one of the cheapest new vehicles that you’ll find. While it doesn't come with all of the luxury bells and whistles you would find on a larger sedan, it makes the more important aspects of a new vehicle its priority. The 2016 Versa Sedan is safe, efficient, and gives front and backseat passengers enough room to be comfortable in.

As you ascend the trim ladder, there is the opportunity to add on more luxurious features such as foglights, a voice controlled navigation system, 5.8 inch touchscreen with NissanConnect, Bluetooth audio and communication, as well as integrated turn signals and keyless ignition and entry. The gadgetry is available, and best of all, it all is attainable even for those with a more restrictive budget.

The subcompact Kia Rio also adds a variety of niceties as you advance to a higher trim level, but price-wise, it quickly inflates compared to the Nissan Versa. Both vehicles do prove to be efficient options while the Kia Rio squeaks by one additional mpg on the highway. Drivers in the market for a small and affordable brand new car will find that the 2016 Nissan Versa has a lot to offer. It’s a phenomenal pick for college students, first-time buyers, and those who are looking for an economy car. We invite any interested drivers to come by and see the 2016 Nissan Versa in person or even take it for a test drive.

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