Honda Fit Vs. Nissan Versa Note

By Justin Cupler | April 8th, 2019

Need roominess and thriftiness? The 2019 Honda Fit and 2019 Nissan Versa Note offer our Rochester area buyers both. Find out which one best suits your family’s wants and needs below.

Exterior

The 2019 Honda Fit has an interesting look with its unimpeded wedge-like design that flows from front to back. This design works well on the Fit, especially the livelier-looking Sport trim that adds black wheels, ground effects, and orange accents.

The 2019 Nissan Versa Note also features a wedge-like design but unlike the Fit, the Versa note has a distinct transition from the hood to the windshield. This still provides a sporty look, but it is not as unique-looking as the Fit. Where the Versa Note sets itself apart is its SR trim that includes sportier wheels and ground effects.

The 2019 Honda Fit is significantly smaller than the 2019 Versa Note in length, width, and wheelbase, but it still has more interior room than the Nissan.

 

Measurement 2019 Honda Fit 2019 Nissan Versa Note Difference
Length 161.4 inches 163 inches -1.6 inches
Width 67 inches 66.7 inches +0.3 inches
Height 60 inches 60.5 inches -0.5 inches
Wheelbase 99.6 inches 102.4 inches -2.8 inches
Ground Clearance
Curb weight 2,577 to 2,648 pounds 2.474 pounds to 2,526 pounds +103 to +122 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Fit

  • Smaller and easier to handle
  • More modern design

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Versa Note

  • Sporty SR trim

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Honda Fit’s cabin is more modern than the Nissan Versa Note with its haptic infotainment buttons and shapelier dash. The Fit also shows off its moderness with its available high-resolution touchscreen and advanced safety features.

The 2019 Nissan Versa Note’s interior is much more dated than the Fit’s with its flat, black look and monotone center-stack bezel. There are some glimmers of creativity with its Z-inspired steering wheel and orange-accented seats, but it is very simple overall. Some may prefer this simpler look, but it will be too simple for some.

The Versa Note gets a leg up with its standard 7-inch touchscreen, but the Fit has better features on the top end, including its high-resolution touchscreen and additional safety features.

 

Inside, the taller Versa Note has a lot more headroom, but the Fit’s seats are roomier in every other measurement. In cargo space, the Versa Note has more room with the seats up, making it great for hauling the kids and cargo at the same time, but the Fit crushes it in max cargo room.

 

Measurement 2019 Honda Fit 2019 Nissan Versa Note Difference
Front headroom 39.5 inches 40.8 inches -1.3 inches
Front legroom 41.4 inches 41.3 inches +0.1 inches
Front shoulder room 54.8 inches 51.7 inches +3.1 inches
Front hip room 51.5 inches 48.5 inches +3 inches
Rear headroom 37.5 inches 38 inches -0.5 inches
Rear legroom 39.3 inches 38.3 inches +1 inch
Rear shoulder room 52.6 inches 51.9 inches +0.7 inches
Rear hip room 45.1 inches 48.8 inches +5.3  inches
Cargo capacity (behind second row) 16.6 cubic feet 18.8 cubic feet -2.2 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (second row folded) 52.7 cubic feet 38.3 cubic feet +14.4 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Fit

  • More modern-looking cabin
  • More optional safety features
  • Tons more rear-seat room
  • More max cargo room

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Versa Note

  • Additional headroom
  • More cargo room with the seats up
  • Sporty orange accents and faux-suede seats

Performance

 

The 2019 Honda Fit and the 2019 Nissan Versa Note are far from performance cars, and that’s just fine. They are supposed to be efficient, not fast. The 2019 Fit comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 128 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. This routes through a standard six-speed manual of optional CVT for an 8.2-second run to 60 mph.

The 2019 Nissan Versa Note is even less powerful with its 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing just 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. This travels through a continuously variable transmission and out to the front wheels for an exhausting 9.9-second stroll to 60 mph.

While they struggle with performance, these models excel in fuel economy.

 

2019 Honda Fit 2019 Nissan Versa Note Difference
Engine 1.5-liter 4-cylinder 1.6-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 128 to 130 hp at 6,600 rpm 109 hp at 6,000 rpm +19 hp
Torque 113 to 114 lb-ft at 4,600 rpm 107 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm +6 lb ft
Standard transmission 6-spd manual CVT
Optional transmission CVT
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time 8.2 seconds 9.9 seconds -1.7 seconds
MPG City 29 to 33 mpg 31 mpg -2 to +2 mpg
MPG Highway 36 to 40 mpg 39 mpg -3 to +1 mpg
MPG Combined 31 to 36 mpg 34 mpg -3 to +2 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Fit

  • Better top-end fuel economy
  • More powerful engine
  • Available six-speed transmission
  • Quicker to 60 mph

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Versa Note

  • Better base fuel economy

Pricing and Features

There are four trims that make up the 2019 Honda Fit lineup: LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L. Their starting prices range from $16,190 to $20,520.

 

The 2019 Nissan Versa Note comes in a trio of trims: S, SV, and SL. Their starting prices range from $15,650 to $18,360.

2019 Honda Fit Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $16,190

  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Eco-Assist System
  • Hill-start assist
  • Electric power steering
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Brake assist
  • 15-inch steel wheels with hub caps
  • Two-speed intermittent windshield wipers
  • Body-color side-view mirrors
  • Security system with remote keyless entry
  • Halogen headlights with auto-on/off
  • Body-color roofline spoiler
  • LED brake lights
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Body-color door handles
  • Power windows with auto-up/down driver’s side
  • Power door locks
  • Cruise control
  • Center-console armrest with storage
  • Front and center 12-volt power outlets
  • Cargo-area light
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • 60/40 split-folding Magic Seat second row
  • 160-watt, four-speaker audio system
  • 5-inch color LCD screen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • 1.0-amp USB audio interface
  • Multi-angle rearview camera

 

Sport: $17,500

  • All LX features, plus
  • 16-inch black alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Front underbody spoiler and rear diffuser with orange accents
  • Side underbody spoilers
  • Chrome exhaust tip
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • 1.5-amp front USB port
  • 180-watt, six-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • Pandora
  • SMS text message function

 

EX: $18,160

  • All LX features, plus
  • 16-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with black inserts
  • Fog lights
  • Moonroof
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto lock
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Keyless ignition
  • Cargo-area tie-down anchors
  • Floor mats
  • 1.5-amp front USB port
  • 180-watt, six-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • Pandora radio
  • SMS text messaging
  • SiriusXM
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam, headlights
  • Blind-spot camera

 

EX-L: $20,520

  • All EX features, plus
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Heated mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter
  • Leather seating
  • Heated front seats

2019 Nissan Versa Note Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $15,650

  • 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Front disc and rear drum brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Speed-sensitive electric power steering
  • 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
  • Multireflector halogen headlights
  • Aerodynamic taillights
  • Power mirrors
  • Active grille shutters
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Hands-free text messaging
  • Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  • Air conditioning
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear wipers
  • Cargo area light
  • Digital clock
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Four-way manual driver’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Cloth seat
  • Silver-accented on dash and vents
  • AM/FM four-speaker audio system
  • USB port
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Rearview camera

 

SV: $16,550

  • Upgraded gauges
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows with one-touch-down driver’s ide
  • Cruise control
  • Divide-N-Hide adjustable floor
  • Vanity mirrors
  • Secondary 12-volt power outlet
  • Six-way manual drivers
  • Driver’s seat armrest
  • Upgraded cloth seats
  • Cloth door trim
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Silver accents on shifter surround
  • Chrome inside door handles

 

SR: $18,360

  • 16-inch five-split-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Sport side sills
  • Fog lights
  • Mirror-integrated LED turn signals
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • NissanConnect 7-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button ignition
  • Synthetic suede seat trim with orange accents
  • Z-inspired sport steering wheel
  • Piano black trim
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Easy-fill tire alert
  • Nissan vehicle immobilizer system

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Fit?

The 2019 Fit, with its addition tech features and more modern look, suits the younger crowd better. Plus, it delivers significantly better straight-line performance without a fuel economy penalty.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Nissan Versa Note?

The 2019 Nissan Versa Note is great for a buyer who often hauls the kiddos and cargo at the same time. For example, a parent who also coaches their kid’s team may find this extra base cargo room a benefit.

 

Head down to Garber Honda in Rochester, New York today to test drive the 2019 Honda Fit and check out its roomy cabin. Can’t make it to our Pittsford area showroom today? Navigate to our online inventory and see our in-stock 2019 Fit models available in the Fairport area. Once you choose the 2019 Fit that suits your needs, you can schedule to test drive at our Rochester area dealer.

 

*29 city / 36 highway / 31 combined MPG rating for LX, Sport and EX 6MT trims. 33 city / 40 highway / 36 combined MPG rating for LX CVT trim 31 city / 36 highway / 33 combined MPG rating for Sport CVT, EX CVT and EX-L trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

 

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $920.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.