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2020 Nissan Sentra Vs 2020 Honda Civic : battle

2020 Nissan Sentra Vs 2020 Honda Civic : battle

The Nissan Sentra has a long and successful history in the Canadian auto market, and has recently received its first major overhaul in over eight years. Does the new version stack up well against one of its best-selling competitors from Japanese giants Honda? Read our Nissan Sentra vs Honda Civic comparison review to find out.

First Impressions

Both the cars are compact sedans, and offer few surprises when it comes to exterior design. The 2020 Nissan Sentra is a little more sporty compared to the Civic's relatively staid outline, an impression that's enhanced by the optional black roof which contrasts nicely with the rest of the trim.

However, both cars are good looking sedans, with the ultimate choice coming down to individual preference.

 

Engine, Performance, and Fuel Economy

As standard, the two cars feature closely matched engines, both of them 2.0L naturally aspirated models. The Honda has the slight edge on raw horsepower, making 158hp compared the Nissan's 149hp, but the tables are turned when it comes to torque. The Sentra puts out 145lb-ft of twist, 7lb-ft higher than the Civic, and the difference makes itself felt in acceleration, particularly during highway passing.

When it comes to fuel economy, the Nissan Sentra has a distinct advantage over the Honda. Its combined rating of 6.7L / 100km is significantly more impressive than the Civic's fairly underwhelming rating of 8.1L / 100km.

Interior and Technology

The Sentra offers a premium feel in the cabin, with high end materials and careful design used throughout. In comparison, the Honda feels a little dated and clunky, but this is of course a subjective judgment.

 

Both cars are well equipped with technology, with standard features including infotainment touchscreens and smartphone integration. However, the Sentra outscores the Civic on safety tech, with more features as standard including blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and emergency front and rear braking with pedestrian detection.

Canadian Pricing

Neither of these cars can be described as highly priced. The Honda Civic has a 2020 starting price of just $20,550 in Canada, and you get a lot of car for your money.

However, in this last comparison section, the Sentra has the Civic firmly beaten, with a starting price of just $18,798.

 

Nissan Sentra vs Honda Civic: The Verdict

Both of these cars are excellent examples of the compact sedan format, and both make great new car purchases. However, the better fuel economy, enhanced safety, and lower price of the Sentra give it the deciding edge in this comparison review.

 

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