When you are the best-selling vehicle in a segment, your competition will undoubtably see you as the benchmark. When Nissan took to redesigning its Sentra compact sedan, the automaker was very clear that the benchmark it had set was the Honda Civic. Although the new Sentra has plenty of attractive features, there are plenty of elements that are missing for it to compete directly with the Honda civic. Let’s take a closer look.
More Features for Less in the 2020 Honda Civic
The Honda civic starts at $20,160 which is a little bit more than the base version of the Nissan Sentra. That said, you have to look at what each vehicle gives you to get a truly accurate comparison. For example, the Sentra is powered out of the gate by 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine that delivers 149 horsepower which is quite a bit more than the previous-generation Nissan Sentra, but still not good enough to match the Honda Civic. The latter gets a standard 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine that delivers 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. There is also an optional 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that will deliver 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque.
In both cases you get more power behind the wheel of the Honda Civic, but you also get better fuel economy. Regardless of the engine, the Honda Civic averages less than 7 litre per 100 km of average fuel consumption. This is roughly 1 litre less per 100 km then the Nissan Sentra.
Then you’ll have to look at what each vehicle gives you in terms of standard equipment. Although the 2020 Nissan Sentra does have a little bit of standard safety features, you cannot match the Honda Civic which includes the Honda sensing active suite of driver assistance technologies right out of the gate. These include features such as Lane departure warning, Lane departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance, and a host of other features. These are available in the Sentra but it will cost you a lot more. You’ll also pay more to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Moreover, the Honda Civic Touring offers actual leather seats while the best-equipped version of the Sentra lineup only offers leatherette. Moreover, there’s wireless charging in the Civic which you won’t find in the Sentra.
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