At just a glance, the 2016 Honda Civic Sedan and Nissan Sentra are very similar vehicles. They are nearly identical in size and pricing and even offer similar warranties. Those similarities can make it challenging to choose between the vehicles, but one of these two options will better meet your needs than the other will.
2016 Honda Civic Sedan vs. Nissan Sentra: Engines
Comparing the engines available in the Civic and the Sentra shows a few advantages for the Honda Civic. The Nissan Sentra only offers a single powertrain, a 1.8-liter 4-cylidner generating 130 horsepower and a torque of 128 pound-feet. Honda gives Santa Ana drivers two choices with the Civic Sedan. In addition, even the base 2-liter 4-cylinder is more powerful than the Sentra’s engine, delivering 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet. There is also an available 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet, leaving the Sentra behind.
Honda Civic Sedan vs. Nissan Sentra: Fuel Economy
Even with its higher engine output, the Honda Civic is able to achieve significantly better fuel economy than the Nissan Sentra is. If you opt for the Sentra FE+S trim, you will get the maximum efficiency of 30 city/40 highway/34 combined mpg*. Most Sentra trims only get up to 29/38/32* with the CVT or 27/36/30* with the 6-speed manual. These figures are comparable to the base engine in the Civic when paired with a manual transmission, which gets 27/40/31*. Only one configuration of the Civic delivers such low fuel economy since the manual transmission is only available on the base trim. Other base engine models with the CVT will get 31/41/35*, better than the most efficient Sentra. Even if you opt for more power on the Civic with the turbocharged engine, you will get 31/42/35*, once again outshining the Nissan.
Civic Sedan vs. Sentra: Interior Features
The 2016 Honda Civic also has an advantage over the Nissan Sentra in terms of interior features. Both models have the basics like air conditioning and cruise control, but the Civic also offers an available compass and programmable garage door opener in the base configuration, something that is only available on higher trims of the Sentra. Only the Civic comes standard with a water temperature gauge, trip computer, and auxiliary audio input.
With so many points in favor of the 2016 Honda Civic sedan over the Nissan Sentra, it makes sense to pick this vehicle for your next Santa Ana, California, car. The team at Freeway Honda can help you get behind the wheel.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.