2020 Honda Civic vs Nissan Sentra
It’s no secret that sedans like the 2020 Honda Civic and the Nissan Sentra have gained great popularity in Miami, Doral, and Hialeah. With their new designs and technologies, it’s easy to see why they’re so well-loved.
To help you make a more informed car-buying decision, your friends at Braman Honda have created the following Honda Civic vs. Nissan Sentra comparison. See just how these two sedans stack up—and which comes out on top—through the sections below.
Civic vs Sentra: Performance Specs
Sedans have long been known for their impressive power and performance capabilities, and these two sedans continue that tradition. Let’s take a look under the hoods of the Civic and the Sentra.
A standard 158-horsepower 2.0L inline 4-cylinder engine powers the 2020 Honda Civic. It comes with a base 6-speed manual transmission and offers a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). When you equip the available CVT, you’ll have great fuel economy, too. To be exact, your Civic will maintain an EPA-estimated 32 city/42 highway MPG with its EX and EX-L trims.*
The 2020 Nissan Sentra also comes equipped with a standard 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and offers an available CVT. Together, they can create a decent performance, but this powertrain only produces 149 horsepower.
Not only that, but the CVT outfit in the Sentra can only maintain an EPA-estimated 29 city/39 highway MPG. So, for those looking for impressive fuel efficiency, this may not be the best available option.
2020 Civic vs Sentra: Technological Features
In today’s digital age, sedans are becoming further known for their technology features. The 2020 Honda Civic and the 2020 Nissan Sentra are no exceptions.
Both the Civic and the Sentra offer optional 7-inch touchscreen displays that provide access to their respective mobile applications, navigation systems, and other helpful technologies. However, if you’re looking to get even more convenience behind the wheel, the Honda Civic may have more to offer.
The available HondaLink® feature allows drivers to access vehicle guides, parking reminders, roadside assistance, and more features from a mobile app. Remote start and a security alarm alert are also included.
Nissan does offer the similar NissanConnect®, although it focuses more on media and connectivity than security. So, it’s not quite as robust in a utilitarian sense.
Safety for the Civic and Sentra
For 2020, the Honda Civic offers numerous safety technologies for your peace of mind, such as the available Lane Keeping Assist System. This feature can sense when you start to drift from your lane, so the steering will be adjusted to help you get back to where you need to be.
This feature can be found as part of the available Honda Sensing® suite. This is a package of driver-assist technologies dedicated to helping you feel safe on the road. When equipped on your Civic, you’ll have access to Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and the Collision Mitigation Braking System™. These systems work to reduce the risk of a collision and injury.
The Nissan Sentra has available Automatic Emergency Braking and Intelligent Cruise Control in higher trims. However, with just a few smart safety features, it can’t match the capabilities of Honda Sensing®.
Honda Civic vs Nissan Sentra: Interior Dimensions
Whether you’re commuting to work or heading to the beach for the weekend, having a cabin that’s spacious and comfortable can make all the difference. Let’s check out the interiors of both the Civic and the Nissan to see which one takes the prize.
In terms of space, you’ll notice that the Civic offers more room to stretch out than the Sentra. See exactly what we mean in the following interior dimensions chart:
39.3 inches/37.1 inches
37.5 inches/36.7 inches
|Shoulder Room (front/rear)||
56.4 inches/54.5 inches
|Hip Room (front)||
As you can tell, the Honda is roomier. It also has more overall passenger volume, offering 97.8 cubic feet of space compared to the Sentra’s 94.1 cubic feet of volume.
Luxuriously Comfortable Seating
Going hand in hand with a vehicle’s interior dimensions is its seating options. You’ll find that each of these two sedans offers comfortable places to sit, although some are just a bit more impressive than others.
For example, the Civic offers an available driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment as opposed to the Sentra’s more limited optional 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat.
Furthermore, while both cars offer heated front-seat upgrades, it comes standard on the Civic’s higher trims. You’ll still have to purchase an additional package for heated front seating in the Sentra—even on its highest trim level.
That’s not all. There are some similarities between these two interior cabins, such as:
- Optional leather-trimmed seats
- Available leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Optional dual-zone automatic climate control
Should I Buy the Honda Civic or Nissan Sentra?
Now that you’ve read our article comparing the 2020 Honda Civic vs. the 2020 Nissan Sentra, it’s time to make a choice: Which one’s your favorite? With its higher-performing engine, superior interior space, and premium interior amenities, the 2020 Honda Civic is our top choice.
If it’s yours, too, then come see us here at Braman Honda and schedule a test drive throughout Doral, Hialeah, and Miami today!
We look forward to assisting you!
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* 25 city/36 highway/29 combined mpg rating for Sport 6MT trim. 30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX CVT and Touring trims. 29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport CVT trim. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX & EX-L trims. Based on 2020 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.