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2018 Honda Civic
2018 Nissan Sentra

Blue 2018 honda civic and black 2018 nissan sentra side by side
2018 Honda Civic VS 2018 Nissan Sentra
1.5L In-Line 4-Cylinder Engine 1.8L DOHC 4-Cylinder
28 City/40 Hwy* Fuel Economy 27 City/35 Hwy
158 HP Torque 130 HP

Differences Between 2018 Honda Civic & 2018 Nissan Sentra

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The 2018 Honda Civic has many rivals, including the 2018 Nissan Sentra. In this review, we'll compare models and let you decide which one is right for your busy lifestyle.

Cabin Size and Quality

Honda Civic cabin interior

One reason the Civic outshines the Sentra is due to the Sentra’s “outdated drab cabin” according to U.S. News reviewers. Although they are virtually the same size, the Civic offers more wiggle room. It is rated for 97.8 cubic feet of passenger volume while the 2018 Nissan Sentra is rated at 95.9 cubic feet. You’ll notice the difference most with second-row headroom and shoulder room on either row. Second-row legroom is the same in both models. Both models come with a standard 5-inch audio display screen. You can step up to a 5.8-inch screen with NissanConnect, or you can step up to a 7-inch screen with HondaLink, HD radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Neither advanced smartphone system is offered on the Nissan.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Honda Civic silver

Drivers will notice the difference if they take time to drive the two cars. Honda’s small sedan has a 158-horsepower engine, besting Nissan’s 130-horsepower engine. Torque rates tell a similar story with the Civic generating 138 lb-ft and the Nissan generating 128 lb-ft. Civics weigh about 100 pounds less than Sentras, which means the higher horsepower has less to move. Fuel economy is 28 mpg city/40 mpg highway* in the manual Civic and 27/38 mpg* in the manual Sentra. This difference continues when you choose the continuously variable transmission. In fact, the Nissan’s horsepower drops to 124, and the torque rate edges down to 125 lb-ft. Sentra CVT fuel economy is 29/37 mpg city/highway. The 2018 Honda Civic CVT can beat that with its class-leading 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway*. If you want something more competitive, both brands let you step up to a higher horsepower turbo. However, the Civic’s turbo earns a class-leading 32 mpg city and 42 mpg highway*. The Sentra turbo is rated 27/33 mpg city/highway.


Honda Civic blue

The 2018 Nissan Sentra has a four-star safety rating, which is common among compact cars at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It offers automatic braking with a forward collision warning, a blind spot monitor and a rear cross-traffic alert. However, Honda Sensing, which is offered for one low price, includes an autobrake, forward collision warning and a pedestrian watch. Surpassing the Sentra, the Civic package has a lane departure warning with lane keeper and a Honda-exclusive Road Departure system. Of course, you can also get Honda's blind spot and rear cross-traffic monitor.

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* Based on 2018 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.

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