2020 Nissan Sentra vs. 2019 Chevrolet Cruze

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Sentra have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Chevrolet Cruze doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Sentra are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Cruze doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Sentra has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Cruze doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Sentra SR offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Cruze only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The Sentra’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Cruze doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Sentra and the Cruze have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available daytime running lights.

Warranty

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The Sentra’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Cruze’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Sentra has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Cruze’s standard 130-amp alternator and largest (Diesel) 140-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 14 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Sentra is faster than the Chevrolet Cruze:

Sentra

Cruze

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.8 MPH

82.7 MPH

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Nissan Sentra higher (7 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Cruze (3 to 6). This means the Sentra produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Cruze every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Sentra has a standard 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 Cruze doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Sentra’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Cruze:

Sentra

Cruze

Front Rotors

11 inches

10.8 inches

The Sentra stops shorter than the Cruze:

Sentra

Cruze

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

115 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sentra has larger standard tires than the Cruze (205/55R16 vs. 195/65R15).

The Sentra S/SV’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cruze L/LS’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sentra S/SV has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Cruze L/LS.

The Sentra 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 Cruze doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Nissan Sentra 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 Chevrolet Cruze has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Sentra has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Sentra flat and controlled during cornering. The Cruze’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sentra is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Cruze.

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

The Sentra SR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Cruze Premier Sedan (27 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sentra’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Cruze’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Sentra uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Cruze doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Sentra a Mid-size car, while the Cruze is rated a Compact.

The Sentra has 2 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front hip room, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, 1.4 inches more rear hip room and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cruze Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

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The Sentra’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Cruze L/LS’ standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics

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The Sentra’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Cruze’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Sentra has standard extendable sun visors. The Cruze doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Sentra’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Cruze doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Sentra SV/SR’s 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. The Cruze doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sentra SV/SR has a standard Intelligent 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 Cruze doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations

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The Nissan Sentra outsold the Chevrolet Cruze by almost four to one during 2019.

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