Childre Nissan Compares 2007 Nissan Sentra VS 2007 Honda Civic Near Macon, GA

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2007 Nissan Sentra

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2007 Honda Civic

Safety Comparison

Both the Sentra and the Civic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks and available four wheel antilock brakes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 38.5 MPH side impact tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Sentra is safer than the Civic:



Front Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars

Thoracic Trauma



Pelvis Deceleration

64 G’s

80 G’s

More stars indicate a better chance of avoiding serious injuries. Lower numbers indicate better actual numeric test results.

Engine Comparison

The Sentra’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 30 more horsepower (140 vs. 110) and 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (147 vs. 123) than the Civic Hybrid’s standard 1.3 SOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Sentra’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (147 vs. 128) than the Civic’s standard 1.8 VTEC 4 cyl.

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Sentra’s engine produces its peak horsepower at lower RPM’s than the Civic:


Sentra 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

5100 RPM

Civic Hybrid 1.3 SOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

6000 RPM

Civic 1.8 VTEC 4 cyl.

6300 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Sentra has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Civic Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 12.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Sentra has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Civic’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



Front Rotors

11.02 inches

10.3 inches

Rear Drums

9 inches

7.9 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Sentra has larger tires than the Civic (205/60R15 vs. 195/65R15).

The Sentra 2.0’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Civic DX/Hybrid’s 65 series tires.

The Sentra has a standard tire pressure monitoring system, which will alert the driver to a drop in tire pressure before damage to the tire or an accident might occur. The Civic doesn’t offer a low tire pressure warning system.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Sentra 2.0 S handles at .79 G’s, while the Civic Hybrid pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Sentra 2.0 SL goes through Motor Trend’s slalom faster than the Civic EX Sedan (63.7 vs. 63.2 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Sentra 2.0 S is quieter than the Civic LX Sedan:



At idle

38 dB

42 dB


75 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

70 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Sentra has 6.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Civic Sedan (97.7 vs. 90.9).

The Sentra has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front hip room, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear hip room and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Civic Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sentra has a much larger trunk than the Civic Sedan (13.1 vs. 12 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Sentra’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Civic’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

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

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Sentra. The Civic doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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