2016 Nissan Sentra vs 2016 Honda Civic

Nissan Sentra Honda Civic
Starting MSRP Starting at $16,530 Starting at $18,490
City/Highway MPG 30 city/40 highway 30 city/ 39 highway
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Available Engines 1.8-liter 4-cylinder In-Line 4 Cylinder In-Line 4 Cylinder V-6
Available Drivetrains FWD FWD
Base Horsepower 130 hp 143 hp
0-60 Time 9 sec 8.8 sec
Seating Capacity 5 5
Front Head Room 39.4″ 39.0″
Front Leg Room 42.5″ 42.0″
Rear Leg Room 37.4″ 36.92
Cargo Volume 15.1 cu ft 12.5 cu ft
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Today’s compact cars are better than ever. Condensed in stature, expansive in features, the compact cars of today are built to the highest level of efficiency. And, while you’ve come to expect less pain at the pump, the compact car of today offers a more efficient use of space, performance, and safety features.
But, with the increasing variety of compact cars available in today’s marketplaces, which do you choose? Two of the most popular vehicles of the segment are the Nissan Sentra and Honda Civic, known for reasonable price tags, no-nonsense performance, and useful features. While the Sentra and Civic share a list of similarities, they also are quite different, especially when it comes to fuel efficiency, safety features, and interior comforts. See which vehicle comes out on top with our in-depth comparison.

Competitive Advantages of the Nissan Sentra:

  • More standard safety features at a lower starting MSRP

  • Greater interior and cargo capacity

  • Engineered to be more efficient and safety-driven

  • Upscale interior with useful infotainment features



Considering drivers and passengers come in all shapes and sizes, most will find the Nissan Sentra more comfortable as it offers significantly more passenger and cargo room than the Honda Civic. Even the front seats offer 10% more room, which comes in handy on longer road trips.


Spend your time on the road, not at the gas pump. The Nissan Sentra offers a 450-mile highway driving range, while the Honda Civic only offers a 409-mile highway driving range.


For the driver seeking the biggest bang for the buck, the Nissan Sentra is the better choice. Featuring a starting MSRP $1960 lower than that of the Honda Civic, the Nissan Sentra packs a better value not only in price, but with standard features not found in the Honda Civic.


The Nissan Sentra measures 182-183″ L x 69″ W x 59″ H while the Honda Civic measures 182″ L x 71″ W x 56″ H. Overall, the Nissan Sentra offers a more spacious cabin and much more cargo room.


The Nissan Sentra and Honda Civic are offered in Front-Wheel-Drive drivetrains, perfect for city driving.


The 2016 Nissan Sentra was praised for offering a smooth, nimble ride on varying road surfaces whereas the Honda Civic was criticized for offering little comfort over changing road conditions, such as bumps.


Similar in performance potential, the Nissan Sentra and Honda Civic offer near-equal horsepower, fuel efficiency, and acceleration times. However, it should be noted that the Nissan Sentra offers significantly more passenger and cargo room while maintaining satisfying efficiency.


One of the most important features on a vehicle is safety. While the Nissan Sentra and Honda Civic offer similar features, the Nissan Sentra steps ahead by offering standard child door locks, which is an optional upgrade on the civic.


The Nissan Sentra and Honda Accord offer an identical basic warranty, spanning 3 years/36,000 miles.

Winner: Nissan Sentra – Nissan Sentra vs Honda Civic

For the driver willing to look past the groupthink of traditional compact cars, the Nissan Sentra is the superior choice. Moving beyond the sterile uniformity of most compact cars, the Nissan Sentra provides modern technology, innovative utility, and noble safety features. Experience the all-new Nissan Sentra for yourself, only at Garber Nissan on Bay Road.


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