2020 Nissan Sentra vs. 2020 Honda Fit

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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 Honda Fit doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Sentra are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Fit doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 Fit 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 Fit only offers a rear monitor.

To help make backing safer, the Sentra’s 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 Fit doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 Fit doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Sentra SV/SR has standard GPS Response System, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Fit 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 Sentra and the Fit have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available daytime running lights.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 15th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 1 place higher in reliability than Honda.

Engine

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The Sentra’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 21 more horsepower (149 vs. 128) and 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 113) than the Fit Auto’s standard 1.5 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Sentra’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 19 more horsepower (149 vs. 130) and 32 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 114) than the Fit’s standard 1.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Sentra is faster than the Honda Fit (automatics tested):

Sentra

Fit

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.8 MPH

85.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sentra has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Fit (12.4 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 Honda Fit (3 to 7). This means the Sentra produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Fit every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Nissan Sentra comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Fit.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Sentra’s brake rotors and drums are larger than those on the Fit:

Sentra

Fit

Front Rotors

11 inches

10.3 inches

Rear Drums

9 inches

7.9 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

10.2 inches

The Sentra SV/SR has standard antilock four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Fit. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Sentra stops much shorter than the Fit:

Sentra

Fit

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sentra has larger standard tires than the Fit (205/55R16 vs. 185/60R15). The Sentra SR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Fit (215/45R18 vs. 185/60R15).

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 Fit LX’s standard 60 series tires. The Sentra SR’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Fit Sport/EX/EX-L’s 55 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 Fit LX. The Sentra SR’s 18-inch wheels are larger than the 16-inch wheels on the Fit Sport/EX/EX-L.

The Nissan Sentra’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Honda Fit only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

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 Fit 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 Honda Fit 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 Fit’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sentra’s wheelbase is 7.2 inches longer than on the Fit (106.8 inches vs. 99.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sentra is 4.1 inches wider in the front and 4.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Fit.

The Sentra SR handles at .89 G’s, while the Fit EX-L pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

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 Fit doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Sentra has 2.6 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 8.2 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Fit.

Ergonomics

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The engine computer on the Sentra automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Fit’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Sentra’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Fit 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 Fit EX/EX-L’s manually variable intermittent wipers don’t change delay with speed.

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 Fit doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

On extremely cold winter days, the Sentra SR’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Fit doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Sentra SV/SR has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The Fit doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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 Fit doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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

Recommendations

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The Nissan Sentra outsold the Honda Fit by over five to one during 2019.

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