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When it’s time to get a new car, it’s harder to make a choice when there are options that share several similarities. That’s the case between the budget-friendly Nissan Sentra and the Subaru Impreza. 

To help you choose the right one for you, here are some key differences you need to know. 

Comfort

Compared to most sedans, the Nissan Sentra and Impreza both offer a good amount of room on the inside. That said, the Impreza is slightly roomier in the back and front. 

The Sentra has 96 cubic feet of interior space, while the Impreza has 97. Plus, the Impreza is better for tall drivers since its legroom at the front is 43.5 inches, and the Sentra’s is 42.5 inches.

Simply put, both cars can seat the same number of people, but the Impreza offers more wiggle room. Plus, you can get it with leather seats, which is something the Sentra doesn’t offer.

Looks

Both cars share similar aesthetics on the outside, but the Impreza offers more diversity. That’s because, unlike the Sentra, you can get the Impreza as a regular sedan or as a hatchback. Also, the Sentra comes in only four color options, while the Impreza is available in nine color options.

Fuel-Efficiency

When it comes to efficiency, the Sentra and Impreza have a lot in common. But the Sentra manages to narrowly outshine the Impreza. That’s because the Impreza has a 13.2-gallon tank and does 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. 

On the other hand, the Sentra has a 12.4-gallon fuel tank and does 29 mpg (mile per gallon) in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. That equals longer trips with fewer fuel stops.

Price

You can get the base model of the Sentra for $400 less than the Impreza, making the Sentra more affordably-priced. That said, unlike the Sentra, which only has two-wheel drive, you can get the Impreza as an all-wheel-drive vehicle. For $400 more, this is a great investment since other all-wheel-drive vehicles cost thousands of dollars more. 

The Impreza also offers more bang for your buck with features like the 6.2-inch touchscreen that uses STARLINK® Cloud-based apps to deliver the weather, news, and more.

Dimensions

If you like your car with a bit more bulk, the Nissan Sentra is wider than the Impreza, but not so much that it affects maneuverability and parking. Both cars are roughly the same length, but the Impreza is 1.5 inches shorter than the Sentra. 

Despite its smaller outside, the Impreza somehow manages to have more space for passengers than the Sentra. But the Sentra has a larger trunk – 14.3 cubic feet while the Impreza’s is 12.3 cubic feet.

Safety

Both the Impreza and Sentra take your safety seriously. Each has two dash, two front torso, and two side curtain airbags. For a little bit more safety, the Impreza also has an airbag for the driver’s knee.

Performance

Performance-wise, the base models of both cars are equal. For more power, you can go for Impreza’s WRX or WRX STi performance models, which offer more power than any Sentra model.

Warranty

Both cars come with the same basic warranty – 3 years or 36,000 miles.

Now that you know the details, which car will you go for?

 

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