Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Sentra VS 2017 Buick Verano Near Macon, GA

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2017 Nissan Sentra

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2017 Buick Verano

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 Verano offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Both the Sentra and the Verano 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.

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 Buick Verano:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

184 G’s

195 G’s


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars





Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

515 lbs.

733 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 Verano has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2015 or 2016 “Top Pick Plus.”

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 Verano (29 city/37 hwy vs. 21 city/31 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Sentra’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Verano:




Front Rotors

11 inches

10.8 inches

The Sentra stops shorter than the Verano:





60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

141 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 Verano 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 Verano’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Sentra has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Verano doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Sentra SL handles at .83 G’s, while the Verano pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Sentra’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Verano’s (34.8 feet vs. 36 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Sentra may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 450 pounds less than the Buick Verano.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Sentra has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, 2.7 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Verano.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sentra has a larger trunk than the Verano (15.1 vs. 14.3 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 Verano’s liftover is 29.4 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sentra has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Verano doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the Sentra’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Verano’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Sentra’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Verano doesn’t offer a filtration system.

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 Verano doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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 Verano.

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 Verano only retains 40.33% to 42.24%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sentra is less expensive to operate than the Verano because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sentra than the Verano, including $386 less for a water pump, $138 less for front brake pads, $7 less for a starter, $68 less for fuel injection, $37 less for front struts and $367 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 $6538 to $9458 less than for the Buick Verano.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Sentra outsold the Buick Verano by almost seven to one during the 2016 model year.

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