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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.
Both the Sentra and the Fit have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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.
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.
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.
The Nissan Sentra comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Fit.
For better stopping power the Sentra’s brake rotors and drums are larger than those on the Fit:
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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.
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.
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 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.
The Sentra’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 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 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. 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.
The Nissan Sentra outsold the Honda Fit by almost seven to one during the 2019 model year.
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