Nissan Sentra vs. Honda Civic
After a complete remodel, the 2020 Nissan Sentra is looking quite attractive compared to its rival; the Honda Civic. Standard to this year’s Sentra are updated safety features, a new engine, and a more sophisticated design. Read on to learn how the Civic stacks up to our front-runner, the 2020 Nissan Sentra.
The Sentra goes above and beyond with safety, even on the lowest trim models. Basic safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alerts, lane departure assistance, automatic high beams, and automatic front and rear braking. Alternatively, the Civic includes adaptive cruise control on standard models but requires upgrades to enjoy features like blind spot monitoring and traffic alerts. Also standard to the Sentra are ten airbags whereas the Civic includes only six.
Engine and Drivability
Across all Sentra models you can expect a 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 149 horsepower. Civic models start with a 2.0L engine as well with 158 horsepower and the ability to upgrade to a 1.5L turbo engine with 175 horsepower. The Sentra outshines the Civic in terms of fuel economy with city/highway mileage of 29/39 mpg while the Civic achieves a decent 25/36 mpg.
The Sentra got a chassis upgrade for 2020, making it a sportier ride than previous models. Both the Civic and the Sentra have independent rear suspension allowing you to drive smoothly on uneven terrain and dirt roads. Both brands include forward wheel drive, but are unable to be upgraded to all-wheel drive.
Interior and Exterior Design
Driving in a Sentra feels a bit more high class than a Civic. The instrument cluster in the Civic feels more like a video game than reality with its digital speedometer and static display. The Sentra keeps it old school with an analog speedometer and tachometer, but spices up the instrument cluster with a multi-function center display. This is where the driver can clearly see any front, rear or side traffic alerts, a feature which the Civic cannot deliver even with the highest trim package.
Both makes have a digital infotainment system compatible with Apple and Android devices. The Civic nests its screen at an angle, lower on the dash making it a bit less natural to glance at while on the road. Nissan keeps their system prominently displayed close to the wheel with a more modern looking screen. The Sentra can be upgraded to swanky leather seats as well, something that the Civic does not offer.
The Sentra and the Civic can be upgraded to include LED headlights, premium wheels, and plenty of color options. The Sentra additionally can be customized to have two tone paint with the roof color differing from the rest of the body paint.
Clearly, the updated 2020 Sentra stacks up nicely to the Honda Civic, and it can save you thousands of dollars! The Civic’s starting retail is $20,550 whereas the Sentra will put you back $17,990. If you are on the market for a safe and sporty sedan, check out our new 2020 Sentra at Graff Nissan of Okemos today.
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