Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Sentra VS 2015 Honda Fit Near Warner Robins, GA

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2015 Nissan Sentra

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2015 Honda Fit

Safety Comparison

Compared to metal, the Sentra’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Honda Fit has a metal gas tank.

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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Sentra has a standard 470-amp battery. The Fit’s 340-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Sentra’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (128 vs. 114) than the Fit’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Sentra has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Fit (13.2 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

11.5 inches

 

The Sentra SR/SL 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 which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Sentra stops shorter than the Fit:

Sentra

Fit

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Sentra has larger tires than the Fit (205/55R16 vs. 185/60R15).

The Sentra S/FE+/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’s standard 60 series tires. The Sentra SR/SL’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Fit EX/EX-L’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sentra S/FE+/SV has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Fit. The Sentra SR/SL’s 17-inch wheels are larger than the 16-inch wheels on the Fit 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 SV/SR/SL 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 Comparison

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 6.7 inches longer than on the Fit (106.3 inches vs. 99.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sentra is 2 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Fit.

The Sentra SL handles at .83 G’s, while the Fit EX-L pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sentra has 1.1 inches more front legroom, 5 inches more rear hip room and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Fit.

Ergonomics Comparison

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’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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

The Sentra 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 SL’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 SL’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 Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sentra third among compact cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Fit isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Nissan Sentra outsold the Honda Fit by over three to one during the 2014 model year.

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