Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Sentra VS 2017 Honda Fit Near McDounough, GA

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2017 Nissan Sentra

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2017 Honda Fit

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 Fit doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

To help make backing safer, the Sentra (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Fit doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

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 Fit:




Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Head injury index



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s


Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

24 cm

25 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Tibia index R/L



Tibia forces R/L

1.5/.5 kN

2.7/2.1 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 Honda Fit:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

184 G’s

217 G’s


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

81 G’s


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Hip Force

515 lbs.

638 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 Fit is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

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.

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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Sentra CVT’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (125 vs. 114) than the Fit’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Sentra’s standard 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:




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:





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/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/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 .84 G’s, while the Fit EX pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver 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.

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 Fit doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sentra is less expensive to operate than the Fit because typical repairs cost much less on the Sentra than the Fit, including $52 less for a water pump, $287 less for a starter, $205 less for front struts and $232 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Sentra outsold the Honda Fit by over four to one during the 2016 model year.

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