The Fit has more interior space, but the Versa is more affordable.
Japan is getting an all-new Honda Fit for 2020, but on our shores, the Fit is unchanged this year. One of its top competitors, the Nissan Versa, is all-new for 2020 in the U.S. and it got a serious upgrade while retaining a very affordable price tag.
Let’s take a closer look at these two subcompact cars and find out which is better.
The first thing you’ll notice when comparing these two cars is that the Versa is a sedan and the Fit is a hatchback. The Versa used to be available as a hatchback in the form of the Versa Note, but there is no Versa Note for the 2020 model year. The Versa sedan has a sleek and sporty look, borrowing design cues from the bigger Altima and Maxima, while the Fit carries the look of a tiny, practical hatchback. The Versa is about 15 inches longer than the Fit, which is significant when considering how much space these cars take up in your garage and their parking lot maneuverability. See the 2020 Nissan Versa models for sale near you or See the 2020 Honda Fit models for sale near you
Despite being so small, the Honda Fit is so cleverly packaged that it has an unbelievable amount of interior space. It has the most back seat legroom by far and it has generous cargo space to boot. The Fit also has what Honda calls a Magic Seat, which means the seats can be configured in many different ways, allowing you to carry passengers and cargo of many shapes and sizes.
The interior space in the Versa is decent, with back seat legroom that is about what you would expect in a subcompact sedan. It’s acceptable for adults, but we wouldn’t want to be back there for a long road trip. Cargo space in the trunk is on-par for this class, but it can’t match the cargo volume of the Fit. If you need a car that’s mostly just for you, the interior of the Versa is just fine, but if you’re planning on carrying passengers or a lot of cargo regularly, you’ll love the enormous and flexible interior of the Fit.
The Versa and the Fit each have one engine option. They’re both front-wheel drive and are both available with either an automatic or manual transmission.
2020 Nissan Versa Engine
1.6-liter inline-four; 122 horsepower, 114 lb-ft of torque; up to 32 mpg city/40 mpg hwy (automatic), 27 mpg city/35 mpg hwy (manual)
2020 Honda Fit Engine
1.5-liter inline-four; 130 hp, 114 lb-ft of torque; up to 33 mpg city/40 mpg hwy (automatic), 29 mpg city/36 mpg hwy (manual)
As you can see by the numbers, the Fit and the Versa are almost identical when it comes to performance and fuel economy. If you want to get technical, the Fit has a slight advantage over the Versa with eight more hp and one more mpg in the city, but most drivers won’t notice a significant difference.
The Versa has some impressive technology on its standard features list. You get a standard 7-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth and three USB ports. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard on every trim except the base model. As for safety tech, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and automatic high-beam headlights all come standard. A few additional available features include rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, driver-drowsiness monitoring and blind spot monitoring.
The standard infotainment system in the Fit is a bit of a bare-bones 5-inch unit that has Bluetooth and one USB port. We recommend upgrading to the 7-inch screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The EX and EX-L trims come standard with Honda Sensing, which includes collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. These upper trims also come with the Honda LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system.
The Versa is no longer the most affordable car in America, but it’s still extremely competitively priced. The 2020 Versa has a starting MSRP of $14,730 and the Fit starts at $16,190. The Fit gets pretty nice on the high end with features like heated leather seating, and it can even cross the $20,000 mark. The Versa, however, still keeps it under $20,000, even in its top SR trim.
The Versa has a lower base price and is a bit more generous in terms of standard technology compared to the Fit. However, we love the spacious and versatile interior of the Fit, making it one of the most practical small cars on the market. If you need an affordable commuter car that’s mostly just for you, then you might find more value in the Versa. However, if you’re looking for a subcompact that you can haul a lot of stuff in or even use as a family car, then you’d likely be better off with the Fit. Find a Nissan Versa for sale or Find a Honda Fit for sale