2019 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo vs. 2019 Honda Civic

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 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Sentra SR Turbo and the Civic 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:

 

Sentra SR Turbo

Civic

 

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.

Engine

The Sentra SR Turbo’s 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 30 more horsepower (188 vs. 158) and 39 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 138) than the Civic’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Sentra SR Turbo’s 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (188 vs. 174) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 162) than the Civic’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Sentra SR Turbo’s 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (188 vs. 180) than the Civic Hatchback Sport’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Sentra SR Turbo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Civic:

 

Sentra SR Turbo

Civic

Front Rotors

11.7 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

10.2 inches

The Sentra SR Turbo stops much shorter than the Civic:

 

Sentra SR Turbo

Civic

 

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The Sentra SR Turbo’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Civic LX’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sentra SR Turbo has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Civic LX.

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 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Sentra NISMO handles at .88 G’s, while the Civic Touring Sedan pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Sentra SR Turbo’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Civic LX/EX’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet). The Sentra SR Turbo’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Civic Sport Hatchback’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

Passenger Space

The Sentra SR Turbo has .1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom and 2.8 inches more rear hip room than the Civic Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The Sentra SR Turbo’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Civic LX Sedan’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics

The Sentra SR Turbo’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Civic LX/Sport’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Sentra SR Turbo’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Civic EX/EX-T/EX-L/Touring.

The Sentra SR Turbo has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Civic Coupe/LX doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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