Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Sentra VS 2016 Dodge Dart Near Conyers, GA

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2017 Nissan Sentra

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2016 Dodge Dart

Safety Comparison

The Sentra SR/SL offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Dart doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Both the Sentra and the Dart 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Dart:

 

Sentra

Dart

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

4 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1/.1 kN

2.15/1.33 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia forces R/L

1.5/.5 kN

3.2/2.1 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Dodge Dart:

 

Sentra

Dart

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

204

381

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

515 lbs.

605 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sentra its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2016, a rating granted to only 90 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Dart is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

The Sentra’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Dart runs out after 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Sentra’s reliability will be 10% better than the Dart.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Sentra (130 HP engine) is faster than the Dart SE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Sentra

Dart

Zero to 30 MPH

3.6 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.6 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

18.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.1 MPH

80.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sentra gets better fuel mileage than the Dart:

 

 

Sentra

Dart

 

 

1.8 4 cyl. (130 HP)/6-spd. Manual

27 city/35 hwy

25 city/35 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

 

 

n/a

22 city/34 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Manual

 

 

n/a

23 city/33 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Manual

 

1.8 4 cyl. (124 HP)/CVT

29 city/37 hwy

24 city/33 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

23 city/34 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

22 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Sentra uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Dart Aero requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Sentra stops shorter than the Dart:

 

Sentra

Dart

 

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

131 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Dart 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 Dart’s standard suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Sentra SL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Dart Limited (28.1 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sentra’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Dart’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.5 feet). The Sentra’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Dart GT’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Sentra may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 pounds less than the Dodge Dart.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Sentra SL is quieter than the Dart Aero:

 

Sentra

Dart

At idle

37 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sentra has .8 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and 2.2 inches more rear legroom than the Dart.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sentra has a much larger trunk than the Dart (15.1 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Sentra easier. The Sentra’s trunk lift-over height is 27.1 inches, while the Dart’s liftover is 29.7 inches.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sentra’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks cost extra on the Dart.

The Sentra has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Dart SE.

The Sentra has standard power remote mirrors. The Dart only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sentra SR/SL offers an optional 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 Dart doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Standard NissanConnect for the Sentra SV/SR/SL allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Dart doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Sentra, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Dart.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Sentra will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Sentra will retain 50.53% to 51.54% of its original price after five years, while the Dart only retains 35.96% to 42.49%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sentra is less expensive to operate than the Dart because typical repairs cost much less on the Sentra than the Dart, including $78 less for a water pump, $100 less for an alternator, $22 less for front brake pads, $35 less for fuel injection, $11 less for a fuel pump, $60 less for front struts, $15 less for a timing belt/chain and $867 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Sentra will be $2598 to $4353 less than for the Dodge Dart.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Sentra outsold the Dodge Dart by almost four to one during the 2016 model year.

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