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2021 Nissan Sentra Vs 2021 Honda Civic

2021 Nissan Sentra Vs 2021 Honda Civic

Compact sedans are highly suitable for a large number of commuters, allowing them to get to work easily and also providing a healthy fuel economy. They are also excellent vehicles for young drivers who’ve just recently taken to the road or maybe looking for their first vehicles. Even old couples whose children may be living elsewhere can downsize to compact sedans without sacrificing much on features. All types of users looking for vehicles in this segment must look at two options- the 2021 Nissan Sentra and the 2021 Honda Civic.  

To make matters easier, we have compared the above sedans across different parameters:

1) Purchasing Price- Solely on the basis of price, the 2021 Nissan Sentra definitely edges out the 2021 Honda Civic 


2) Available Trims- The Civic scores higher here by offering a total of five trims against three of the Sentra. Therefore, even though the prices may be a bit higher, customers get more options for the 2021 Civic. A useful one-touch power moonroof is available in the Civic. 18-inch wheels are available for the top trims of both vehicles. While a premium Honda infotainment system is available on the Civic Touring, customers will have to get optional packages for such infotainment options on the Sentra. 


3) Engine Options- Customers of the 2021 Nissan Sentra get a single-engine option while those opting for the 2021 Honda Civic will get to select from two powertrains. Overall acceleration is much better in the Civic. 


Engine Transmission Power (hp) Torque (lb-ft)

2021 Honda Civic (Sport and LX) 2.0 liter I-4 M-CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) 158 138

2021 Honda Civic (EX-L, EX, Touring) 1.5 liter turbocharged I-4 LL-CVT 174 162

2021 Nissan Sentra 2.0 liter I-4 XTronic- CVT 149 146


4) Fuel Consumption- The 2021 Civic with the 2.0-liter engine is able to deliver 30 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway. These figures are 29 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on the highway for the 2021 Sentra. Clearly, there’s nothing much to choose between the two. But there’s a huge difference if the 1.5-liter turbo is taken into account (32 MPG in city driving and 42 MPG on the highway).


5) Ride Quality- Customers can expect the 2021 Civic to give a better ride than the 2021 Sentra. One major difference is in terms of brakes; while the Sentra still gets rear drum brakes as standard, the Civic is available with four-wheel disc brakes. Wheels on most Civic models are larger wheels, allowing this vehicle to exhibit better handling.  The only Sentra that comes with standard larger wheels is the top trim SR. 


6) Safety Features- Both the sedans are top safety picks since both are available with several driver-assist technologies on their respective safety suites. There’s no Intelligent Cruise Control on the base S model of the Sentra. In contrast, Honda Sensing offers Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow on the base Civic LX.


7) Trunk Space- 15.1 cubic feet of space for cargo and belongings are available for the 2021 Nissan Sentra, in comparison to 14.3 cubic feet for the 2021 Honda Civic

Winner of the Showdown 

Although both vehicles provide excellent value for the money as compact sedans, the 2021 Honda Civic is clearly the better buy.


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