2020 Honda Civic Si vs. 2019 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo

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Safety

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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic Si deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Civic Si’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Sentra SR Turbo’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Civic Si has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Sentra SR Turbo doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Civic Si’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Sentra SR Turbo doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Civic Si has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sentra SR Turbo doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Civic Si and the Sentra SR Turbo 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 and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Civic Si is safer than the Nissan Sentra SR Turbo:

Civic Si

Sentra SR Turbo

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

201

293

Neck Injury Risk

20%

35.6%

Neck Stress

176 lbs.

305 lbs.

Neck Compression

53 lbs.

70 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

265

353

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.8 inches

Neck Injury Risk

34%

45.4%

Neck Stress

131 lbs.

218 lbs.

Neck Compression

46 lbs.

137 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

445/224 lbs.

523/219 lbs.

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

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 Honda Civic Si is safer than the Nissan Sentra SR Turbo:

Civic Si

Sentra SR Turbo

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Hip Force

306 lbs.

569 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

356 lbs.

865 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

17 inches

Spine Acceleration

37 G’s

42 G’s

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

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Civic Si’s reliability 29 points higher than the Sentra SR Turbo.

Engine

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The Civic Si’s 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 17 more horsepower (205 vs. 188) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (192 vs. 177) than the Sentra SR Turbo’s 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Civic Si is faster than the Nissan Sentra SR Turbo (manual transmissions tested):

Civic Si

Sentra SR Turbo

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.9 sec

17.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

94 MPH

Top Speed

137 MPH

131 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Civic Si gets better fuel mileage than the Sentra SR Turbo:

MPG

Civic Si

Manual

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/36 hwy

Sentra SR Turbo

Manual

NISMO 1.6 turbo 4-cyl.

27 city/31 hwy

Auto

1.6 turbo 4-cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

NISMO 1.6 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

The Civic Si has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Sentra SR Turbo doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the Civic Si has a standard up-shift light to indicate when the engine is approaching redline. The Sentra SR Turbo doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

A standard “hill holder” feature keeps the Honda Civic Si from rolling backwards on a steep slope. The Sentra SR Turbo doesn’t offer a hill holder feature.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Civic Si

Sentra SR Turbo

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.7 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Civic Si has larger tires than the Sentra SR Turbo (235/40R18 vs. 205/50R17). The Civic Si’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sentra SR Turbo (235/40R18 vs. 215/45R18).

The Civic Si’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sentra SR Turbo’s standard 50 series tires. The Civic Si’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Sentra NISMO’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Civic Si has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sentra SR Turbo. The Civic Si’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Sentra NISMO.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Honda Civic Si has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Nissan Sentra SR Turbo has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Civic Si has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Sentra SR Turbo’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Civic Si’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Sentra SR Turbo doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Civic Si Sedan handles at .97 G’s, while the Sentra NISMO pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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The Civic Si Sedan has 2.8 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sentra SR Turbo.

Servicing Ease

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The Civic Si has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Sentra SR Turbo doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

A Smart Maintenance is standard on the Civic Si to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes, spark plug replacement, air filter replacement, tire rotation, radiator flush and transmission fluid replacement based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Nissan doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Sentra SR Turbo.

Ergonomics

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The Civic Si’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Sentra SR Turbo has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Civic Si’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sentra SR Turbo’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Civic Si the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Sentra SR Turbo can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Civic Si’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Sentra SR Turbo’s power window (except driver window) and power lock switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Civic Si detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Sentra SR Turbo doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Civic Si’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Sentra SR Turbo’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

The Civic Si has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is not available on the Sentra SR Turbo NISMO.

The Civic Si’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Sentra SR Turbo NISMO doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Civic Si Sedan has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Sentra SR Turbo doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Civic Si has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Sentra SR Turbo doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Model Availability

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The Honda Civic Si comes in coupe and sedan bodystyles; the Nissan Sentra SR Turbo isn’t available as a coupe.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda Civic Si, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Civic Si was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Sentra SR Turbo has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Civic was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 23 years. The Sentra SR Turbo has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The Sentra SR Turbo has never been chosen.

The Honda Civic outsold the Nissan Sentra by 53% during 2018.

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