2020 Honda Civic vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra

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Safety

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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic 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’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Sentra’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Civic Sport Sedan/Sport Coupe/EX/EX-L/Touring 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 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Civic and the Sentra have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Civic the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sentra has not been tested, yet.

Engine

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The Civic’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 9 more horsepower (158 vs. 149) than the Sentra’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Civic’s optional 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 25 more horsepower (174 vs. 149) and 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (162 vs. 146) than the Sentra’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Civic Hatchback Sport/Sport Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 31 more horsepower (180 vs. 149) and 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 146) than the Sentra’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Civic is faster than the Nissan Sentra (automatics tested):

Civic 2.0

Civic 1.5T

Sentra

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

6.6 sec

9.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

22.6 sec

16.9 sec

26.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.4 sec

7.2 sec

9.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

15.1 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

95 MPH

83 MPH

Top Speed

125 MPH

125 MPH

120 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Civic 1.5T Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Sentra:

MPG

Civic Sedan

Auto

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

32 city/42 hwy

Touring 1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

Sentra

Auto

S/SV 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

29 city/39 hwy

SR 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

28 city/37 hwy

The Civic 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 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Honda Civic has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Sentra. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Civic stops much shorter than the Sentra:

Civic

Sentra

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

114 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Civic has larger standard tires than the Sentra (215/55R16 vs. 205/55R16). The Civic Sport/Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sentra (235/40R18 vs. 215/45R18).

The Civic Sport/Touring’s 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’s 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Civic’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 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Civic Sport Hatchback handles at .93 G’s, while the Sentra SR pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Civic Touring Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Sentra SR (26.6 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Civic LX/EX’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Sentra’s (35.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Civic Sport/Sport Touring’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Sentra’s (37.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

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The Honda Civic may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 300 pounds less than the Nissan Sentra.

The Civic Sedan is 4.8 inches shorter than the Sentra, making the Civic easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Civic has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Sentra uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

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The Civic Sedan has .4 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sentra.

Cargo Capacity

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The Civic Sedan has a larger trunk than the Sentra (15.1 vs. 14.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Civic’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Sentra’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Civic’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’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Civic 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 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Civic Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Sentra’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Both the Civic and the Sentra offer available heated front seats. The Civic Touring Sedan/Sport Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Sentra.

The Civic Touring’s standard 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 Sentra’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Honda Civic offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Sentra doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The Honda Civic comes in coupe, sedan and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Nissan Sentra isn’t available as a coupe or four door hatchback.

Recommendations

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

The Honda Civic outsold the Nissan Sentra by 76% during 2019.

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