Over time, the automotive landscape changes. After all, it used to be the station wagon that was king of the road, but that was beat out by minivans. Now, it's crossovers that are the vehicle of choice for many families. But despite all the changes, compact sedans remain the tried and true segment in the automotive industry; they are the type of car for people who really just need a car that is simple, and not too fancy, but a lot of fun to drive and modern. Not all models meet those needs, however, as we'll see in this comparison of the 2018 Honda Civic vs the 2018 Nissan Sentra.
Like we said, compact sedans don't have to be complicated. They are simple cars meant to get you from point A to point B efficiently, but those brands who build them right engineer them to be fun to drive, too. That starts with the engine under the hood, and in this comparison, the Civic Sedan Touring distributes significantly more torque than the Sentra SL. Surprisingly, however, it also manages to be far more efficient with up to 32 mpg city and 42 mpg highway*, despite the fact that it provides far more power than the Sentra and both models share a Continuously Variable Transmission.
2018 Honda Civic Sedan Touring
2018 Nissan Sentra SL
|174 horsepower||Horsepower||124 horsepower|
|162 lb-ft||Torque||125 lb-ft|
|32 city/42 hwy*||MPG||29 city/37 hwy|
|Standard||Lane departure warning system||Not available|
Now, the Sentra does come as a NISMO model, which is Nissan's designation for some of the more high-performance models in its lineup. But the NISMO model only delivers a slight improvement over the Civic's engine output. The tradeoff is that your vehicle then comes with some garish design tweaks that add bright red interior and exterior trim, racecar-looking seats and a bright red stripe on the steering wheel meant guide racecar drivers to ensure the wheels are pointing straight, but on your Nissan Sentra, will likely end up feeling like more of an obtrusive design flaw. Some drivers may enjoy the racing-inspired design of the NISMO model, but we're willing to bet it won't fit most drivers and isn't worth the slight horsepower and torque increase.
What you are likely to care far more about is the standard Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation and Collision Mitigation Braking systems that come with the 2018 Honda Civic Sedan Touring through Honda Sensing®. After all, peace of mind on the road is probably much more desirable than red racing trim on a compact sedan that... let's be honest... isn't meant for racing.
As you can see, the 2018 Honda Civic Sedan really has an edge in the segment when comparing it to the 2018 Nissan Sentra. But, we still encourage you to take a test drive to decide for yourself. To do that, you can contact us at Hilton Head Honda.
*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition, and other factors.