2020 Nissan Sentra vs 2020 Honda Civic

December 3rd, 2019 by


Nissan unveiled its 2020 Sentra model at this year’s 2019 LA Auto Show to much acclaim, marking the compact vehicle’s first major redesign since 2013. Considering that many of the Sentra’s competitors had eclipsed it in nearly every major category, its overhaul was overdue. The redesigned 2020 Sentra is ready to battle with the reigning champ of the compact segment — the Honda Civic. The Civic has been the segment benchmark for years, making it the ultimate measuring stick when it comes to compact sedans. The new-and-improved 2020 Sentra is ready to take on the Civic with its own new styling, new engine, and plenty of advanced safety features. It’s still too early to know how the 2020 Sentra fares in the real world, but here’s how its specs compare against the Civic.


Nissan hasn’t announced official pricing when it comes to the 2020 Sentra, but the prior year’s model had a starting MSRP of $17,990 (plus destination fee). The Honda Civic, on the other hand, currently has a starting price of $20,550, with the base-tier LX trim featuring LED daytime running lights, a four-speaker 160-audio sound system, and Bluetooth streaming audio. Experts think that the revamped Sentra will likely cost more than its outgoing counterpart, but it should not exceed the Civic’s base price. Unlike the Civic, the base trim of the Sentra includes excellent standard features such as Nissan Safety Shield 360, a suite of advanced safety features that includes Rear Automatic Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, High Beam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and much more.


When it comes to the outside of both of these models, the general dimensions are very similar, so it’s futile to compare the size of both vehicles. Optional LED lights, a host of colors, and premium wheel designs are available to both the Sentra and the Civic. Here’s where the Sentra stands out: it can be optioned with a black roof that contrasts with the exterior paint color. Commonly referred to as a “floating roof,” this accent adds a dash of style to an already sharp vehicle. The 2020 Sentra borrowed a lot of its design cues from the larger Altima and Maxima models and it shows.


Judging from the big reveal, the Sentra’s cabin is much more modern and mature than the existing Civic cabin. The Sentra features classic-looking gauge clusters, including an analog tachometer and a speedometer with a multi-function display as well. Additionally, the Sentra also offers buyers a premium infotainment display that’s placed high up on the dash, unlike the Civic that has it traditionally integrated. The advanced safety features come standard on the Sentra, while on the Civic buyers will need to climb to higher trim levels to get these. The Sentra even offers buyers optional quilted leather seats, something they can’t have on the Civic.

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