2020 Subaru Impreza
Features & Specs
2020 Nissan Versa
152 horsepower
Engine Power
122 horsepower
145 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
112 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
304/409 miles
292/378 miles

2020 Subaru Impreza vs 2020 Nissan Versa

The sedan has become somewhat of a unicorn these days with most automakers turning their focus to SUVs, but brands like Subaru and Nissan are keeping the segment alive. Both manufacturers have continued to produce strong models with an emphasis on ride quality, affordability, and modern features. We're breaking down their top sedans to find out which model is the best deal. On the left, we have the 2020 Subaru Impreza with it's all-wheel-drive, and on the right is the 2020 Nissan Versa. Which sedan will win this face-off? Read on and find out!

2020 Subaru Impreza Power & Handling

The Subaru Impreza comes with compliant and easy-driving manners and a history of excellent reliability. There is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an all-wheel-drive and an impressive 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. There is a choice between two transmissions, a five-speed manual or an improved continuously variable automatic. The Impreza is a reliable car with firm brakes. Steering is responsive and quick with a sporty feel and sure-footed ride quality. Body roll is well controlled, and the Impreza outgrips the competition. The all-wheel-drive is capable in any condition, especially slick and slippery roads. The Impreza is also easy on the gas, and the engine allows more control for passing while keeping fuel-economy low. In addition, the Impreza's weight and superior powertrain have a lower center of gravity, leaving the vehicle to feel more planted.

2020 Nissan Versa Power & Handling

The Versa comes with a 1.6-liter inline-4 engine capable of an unimpressive 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. There is only one transmission, a continuously variable automatic that is slow. The engine is also something that takes some getting used to and takes time getting up to speed, which is fine in areas with lots of traffic, but if you need to pull away quickly or make a pass, there is a lot to be desired. In addition, the CVT has an aggressive throttle that tends to motorboat. The handling abilities are a bit better than the power, although it can feel a little too heavy at times. The 2020 Versa's powertrain also comes with a sharp focus on fuel economy, reduced emissions, and variable cam timing on the exhaust and intake.

2020 Subaru Impreza Features & Design

The Impreza comes in either a sedan or hatch form with four primary trim levels, the base, Premium, Sport, and Limited. The base model comes with the all-wheel-drive and other highlights. Standard features include a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Other features include a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, 6-way manual-adjust driver's seat, and remote keyless entry. Optional features include Subaru's EyeSight system, which adds forward collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and mitigation, and automatic reverse braking. As you climb the trim ladder, more features become standard, including heated front seats, dual rear USB ports, halogen fog lights, heated mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer, and a 4.2-inch LCD instrument display. SI-Drive engine mode control, active torque vectoring, a sport-tuned suspension, a moonroof, an 8-speaker/432-watt Harman Kardon system, and an upgraded 8.0-liter infotainment system is also available. Legroom is impressive given the size of the car, and the Impreza offers a reasonable trunk with 12.3 cubic feet. Overall, the Impreza opens up to 55 cubic feet, nearly that of a small SUV.

2020 Nissan Versa Features & Design

The Nissan Versa base S model isn't as bare-bones as it used to be, although there are still a few faults. Standard highlights include a four-speaker audio system with unimpressive sound quality, but you will want to turn it all the way up to drown out the wind and road noise that permeates the cabin. Other standard features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and the standard infotainment is a 7-inch touchscreen, larger than some other sedans. However, the low-resolution camera and overall quality is the Versa's weakness. The Versa also offers a backup collision mitigation system, but it is overly sensitive and slams the car to a stop at the slightest provocation. Moving up the trim ladder, you get an upgrade to 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels and the Safety Shield 360 suite that adds rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot warning. Automatic climate control is only available on the top-level SR model. There aren't very many optional features other than paint color and an extra Convenience Package that adds heated front seats and active cruise control.


Any way you look at it, the 2020 Subaru Impreza is the way to go! The Impreza comes with a standard all-wheel-drive system and driving quality that is unmatched in the segment. In addition, the base Impreza comes with a quality suite of technology and a variety of optional features so you can pick which features are right for you! The Versa was a decent competitor, but it is no match for the Impreza's ride quality and versatility! Want to learn more about the 2020 Subaru Impreza? Check out our full review and then come on by the dealership and test drive one today!

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