The 2021 Nissan Versa vs. 2020 Honda Fit: Which is the Better Option?

There are many benefits for drivers who choose a compact car, such as an affordable price and great gas mileage. Since there are so many models available, it’s a good idea to do some research before making your purchase to ensure you get the best of what compact cars deliver. 

Two popular options are the 2021 Nissan Versa and the 2020 Honda Fit. Both offer benefits that make them a good choice, but the Versa pulls ahead thanks to its lower price and superior gas mileage. Let’s take a closer look at these two vehicles, so you can make an informed decision about which is the better choice for you. 

Comparing the 2021 Nissan Versa with the 2020 Honda Fit

There are several factors to consider when choosing between these two compact cars. We’ve taken a look at some of the most important. 

Let’s Talk Price

If you’re in the market for a compact car, one of the reasons is likely because it’s an affordable option, so it makes sense to consider the most affordable! The 2020 Honda Fit starts at $18,545, while the 2021 Nissan Versa starts at only $16,183. That’s a starting price $2,300 lower for a car that’s a year newer!

Gas Mileage and Performance

Another top reason people choose a compact car is for great gas mileage. Both of these vehicles deliver exceptional mileage, but the Versa bests the Fit.

The Fit delivers 31 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway. The Versa gives you 32 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highway. 

If you’re going to choose a compact car, you might as well enjoy the maximum fuel savings! 

When it comes to performance, the Fit delivers slightly more horsepower (128 vs. the Versa’s 122), but compact cars aren’t generally purchased for their power, and that slightly higher horsepower isn’t worth giving up the better fuel economy. 


Just because you choose a compact car doesn’t mean you have to abandon a comfortable ride, and the Versa proves that! Reviewers have noted how comfortable the 2021 Versa is—even compared to earlier Versa models. 

It offers a generous-for-a-compact car 44.5 inches of front leg room and 39.5 inches of headroom. On the other hand, the Fit has only 41 inches of front leg room and 38 inches of head room. The Fit’s numbers are still decent, but, again, buying a compact car should be about getting the most for your money.  


The Fit has the standard safety features you’d expect, including anti-lock brakes, stability control, and front, side, and overhead airbags.

The Nissan Versa takes safety a step further and offers several impressive features, including:

  • Rear View Monitor
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning

These and other features are available as part of Safety Shield 360, which is available on the Versa and qualifies as a level 2 (out of 5) for driving autonomy.  

You might be wondering why we’re comparing the 2021 Nissan Versa with the 2020 Honda Fit. The reason is that Honda is no longer offering the Fit in the U.S. The 2020 model is the last that will be available. 

We can’t help but wonder: Was it the competition? 

Stop by Orr Nissan Bossier to see the 2021 Nissan Versa, and take a test drive to see for yourself why this well-priced compact car comes out on top!