Overall, we think the new Fit is the safety champ of these two cars. It has a ton of safety extras in comparison to the Versa Note, including active head restraints, daytime running lights, blind spot mirrors, and a “Top Pick” rating from the IIHS. The Versa Note does, however, come with a plastic fuel tank, which is safer than the Fit’s metal fuel tank.
Performance-wise, the new Fit also does more to impress. Its standard 4-cylinder engine produces 21 more horsepower than the Versa Note’s. It accelerates faster to high speeds, according to Motor Trend. The EPA test cycle determined that it gets better gas mileage (according to estimates). Its brake rotors are larger, which enhances stopping. And its standard six-speed manual transmission also gives it an edge, in comparison to the Versa Note, which comes with standard five-speed manual. We should mention, though, that the Versa Note has front and rear stabilizer bars, which improve its handling.
The Fit is also in the lead in terms of ergonomics, with things like an available remote vehicle starting system, more cargo room, and rear heat vents. The Versa Note distinguishes itself with an optional center folding armrest but doesn’t quite go above and beyond in comparison to the Fit.
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