2019 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo vs. 2019 Honda Civic Si

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To help make backing safer, the Sentra SR Turbo’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Civic Si doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Sentra SR Turbo and the Civic Si have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights and blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra SR Turbo is safer than the Honda Civic Si:

 

Sentra SR Turbo

Civic Si

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

108

204

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

184 G’s

252 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

204

404

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

68 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

202

260

Hip Force

515 lbs.

727 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 1 place higher in reliability than Honda.

Transmission

The Sentra SR Turbo offers an optional automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. The Civic Si doesn’t offer an automatic transmission.

The Sentra SR Turbo offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Civic Si doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Sentra SR Turbo stops shorter than the Civic Si:

 

Sentra SR Turbo

Civic Si

 

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The Sentra SR Turbo has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Civic Si doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Sentra SR Turbo has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Civic Si; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Sentra SR Turbo’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Civic Si’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Sentra SR Turbo a Mid-size car, while the Civic Si Sedan is rated a Compact.

The Sentra SR Turbo has 1 cubic foot more passenger volume than the Civic Si Sedan (96 vs. 95).

The Sentra SR Turbo has 1.9 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom and 2.8 inches more rear hip room than the Civic Si Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The Sentra SR Turbo has a larger trunk than the Civic Si Sedan (15.1 vs. 14.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Sentra SR Turbo’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Civic Si’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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