Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Sentra VS 2017 Acura ILX Near Atlanta, GA

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2017 Nissan Sentra

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2017 Acura ILX

Safety Comparison

Both the Sentra and the ILX 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 crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

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 Acura ILX:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars





Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

64 G’s


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

515 lbs.

945 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

The Sentra’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the ILX’s (5 vs. 4 years).

There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sentra’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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 Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sentra CVT 1.8 4 cyl. (124 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the ILX Auto (29 city/37 hwy vs. 25 city/35 hwy).

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

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 ILX doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sentra’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the ILX (106.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

The Sentra’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59.7% to 40.3%) than the ILX’s (63% to 37%). This gives the Sentra more stable handling and braking.

The Sentra SL handles at .84 G’s, while the ILX A-SPEC pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Sentra’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the ILX’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Sentra may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Acura ILX.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Sentra has 6.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ILX (95.9 vs. 89.3).

The Sentra has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the ILX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sentra has a much larger trunk than the ILX (15.1 vs. 12.3 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 ILX’s liftover is 28.7 inches.

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Sentra owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Sentra with a number “5” insurance rate while the ILX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sentra is less expensive to operate than the ILX because typical repairs cost much less on the Sentra than the ILX, including $152 less for a water pump, $247 less for a starter, $271 less for front struts and $446 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Sentra outsold the Acura ILX by almost thirteen to one during the 2016 model year.

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