Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Sentra VS 2018 Subaru Impreza Near Gray, GA

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2018 Nissan Sentra

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2018 Subaru Impreza

Safety Comparison

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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 71 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sentra’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







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

27 city/35 hwy

24 city/32 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual




23 city/31 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual


1.8 4 cyl. (124 HP)/CVT

29 city/37 hwy

28 city/38 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto




27 city/36 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Sentra stops shorter than the Impreza:





60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

140 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 Impreza 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 Impreza base model’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 Impreza doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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

For better maneuverability, the Sentra’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Impreza’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sentra has a much larger trunk than the Impreza Sedan (15.1 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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

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 Impreza has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Premium/Sport/Limited.

The Sentra SV/SR/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 Impreza doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sentra is less expensive to operate than the Impreza because it costs $306 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sentra than the Impreza, including $221 less for a water pump, $161 less for a starter, $446 less for front struts and $174 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Sentra outsold the Subaru Impreza by almost three to one during the 2017 model year.

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