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Finding the Best Small Sedan: 2017 Nissan Sentra vs. Honda Civic Comparison


Finding the right car to fit your lifestyle brings about both excitement and challenge, as the wide range of models can make selecting your next chariot a bit overwhelming. However, when it comes to selecting the best small sedan, the choice may be clearer. Both the Nissan Sentra and Honda Civic boast excellent reputations for being near the top of the class, although studying their differences and limitations will give you a better idea of which one is right for you. Here’s a look at how the 2017 Nissan Sentra compares to the 2017 Honda Civic.




Driving a small car these days doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice space. Although Edmunds noted that the Civic made a very modest improvement in its cabin from the 2016 model, the Sentra is still the clear standout when it comes to passenger volume. The Sentra SL offers nearly 96 cubic feet compared to the Civic EX’s 95 cu. ft., making Nissan’s sedan a terrific vehicle for riders and drivers who need more room than the typical small car can provide. Even with Sentra’s modest price tag, Edmunds points out that the Sentra has plenty of trunk space to go along with its roomy backseat.

Overall, our Nissan World of Red Bank dealers believe the Sentra is about as good as it gets when it comes to providing passengers elbow room, especially thanks to the continuing improvements of the model’s interior design.




All things considered, Honda’s Civic is a little bit light when it comes to easily usable technology, including a touchscreen that Edmunds and U.S. News both acknowledge to be fairly confusing and slow. As far as the Sentra goes, Nissan has gone out its way to stay on top of the technological revolution by offering a touchscreen that is user-friendly and easy to connect with your devices, ultimately reinforcing its reputation as a great overall commuter vehicle. With the distinct advantage in tech, Sentra is also poised to widen the gap as new features become even more of a focal point for drivers.

Fuel economy:

Along with the extra cabin room, the 2017 Sentra returns 27 MPG in the city to give it a clear advantage over the Civic when considering both space and fuel efficiency. Boasting a very strong 35 miles per gallon on the highway, the Nissan Sentra feels like a mid-size car while having the efficiency of a smaller sedan. Whether you’re going down the road or across the country, the Nissan Sentra’s balance of efficiency and storage has few peers in its class.



Handling and safety:

As both Nissan and Honda continue to push safety advances, Sentra’s collision warning and rear cross traffic alert system cuts down on driver error and can be very advantageous when backing out of tricky parking spots. Although the Civic offers similar safety features, it comes with a steering wheel viewed by Motor Trend as too light to effectively feel the road beneath its wheels. In all, the Sentra offers a better driving experience. Sentra’s user-friendly touchscreen also limits the possibility of distractions, allowing drivers to focus on the road without having to pull over to troubleshoot.


As usual, the Honda Civic continues to be slightly more expensive than the Sentra—the top-tier Sentra SL costs about $5k less than the Civic Touring—without offering advantages to justify the price tag. Sentra’s low price combines favorably with the impressive collection of safety and technology features that make it an extremely good value and one of the best small sedans available.

The Bottom Line: Buy a Sentra

Those looking for a practical car that seamlessly connects drivers to the technology-driven modern will find no better option than the Nissan Sentra. Given its additional space, intuitive touchscreen menu, lower price tag, and strong overall fuel efficiency, the 2017 Sentra gives you more bang for your buck when compared to the Civic.


To take your car search to the next level, contact Nissan World of Red Bank at (732) 704-7860 or visit our dealership at 120 Newman Springs Rd. Feel free to peruse our enormous selection of Nissan Sentras for sale, and get ready to enjoy the finest test drive of your life. And with our Nissan incentives and specials, you can also make your next car more affordable than ever. Our new Nissan dealers serve all of Red Bank, NJ, including the areas of Middletown, Eatontown, and Marlboro, so stop in today!


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