2019 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo vs. 2019 Honda Civic Type R

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 Type R doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Sentra SR Turbo and the Civic Type R have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sentra SR Turbo the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Civic Type R has not been tested, yet.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Sentra SR Turbo NISMO Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Civic Type R (25 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

Transmission

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

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 Type R doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Sentra SR Turbo’s turning circle is 4.7 feet tighter than the Civic Type R’s (34.8 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Passenger Space

The Sentra SR Turbo has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Civic Type R can only carry 4.

The Sentra SR Turbo has .1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear hip room than the Civic Type R.

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