Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Sentra VS 2018 Honda Civic Near Gray, GA

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2018 Nissan Sentra

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2018 Honda Civic

Safety Comparison

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 Civic doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Sentra and the Civic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

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 Civic:

 

Sentra

Civic

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

108

204

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

184 G’s

252 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

204

404

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

68 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

202

260

Hip Force

515 lbs.

727 lbs.

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

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Sentra’s reliability 34 points higher than the Civic.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Sentra uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Civic Hatchback Sport 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 Civic:

 

Sentra

Civic

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

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 Civic doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Sentra SL handles at .84 G’s, while the Civic Touring Sedan pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Sentra’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Civic’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.7 feet). The Sentra’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Civic Sport Hatchback’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Sentra SL is quieter than the Civic EX Sedan:

 

Sentra

Civic

At idle

37 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sentra has .1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom and 2.8 inches more rear hip room than the Civic Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sentra’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Civic LX Sedan’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 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 Civic LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Sentra has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Civic Coupe/LX doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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 Civic is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sentra is less expensive to operate than the Civic because typical repairs cost much less on the Sentra than the Civic, including $19 less for a water pump, $212 less for a starter, $34 less for front struts, $49 less for a timing belt/chain and $96 less for a power steering pump.

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