Japanese cars are known for their build quality, performance, innovation, affordability, and efficiency. The 2022 Nissan Sentra and the 2022 Honda Civic embody all these values and when put to the test it is a bit hard to choose between them as they are both great cars. So let’s break it down and see how they stack up against each other in a battle of the compact cars.
First of all the Civic from Honda is available in both hatchback and sedan versions whereas the Nissan Sentra comes only as a sedan.
The 2022 Nissan Sentra comes with a 2.0-litre, 4 Cylinder Engine that can deliver 149 hp @ 6400 RPM. The 2022 Honda Civic is slightly more powerful as it features a 2.0-litre, 4 Cylinder Engine that pumps out 158 hp @ 6500 RPM. But that’s not all, the Civic also has another variant which is the turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that generates 200 hp.
Both these compact cars only come with Front-wheel Drive (FWD). The Civic also has a smaller turning radius compared to the Sentra, making the former easier to manoeuvre in and out of tight spots.
Both the 2022 Sentra and 2022 Civic have automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT w/OD) which delivers a smoother driving experience than a regular automatic transmission vehicle while also being much more fuel-efficient. The gear transitions are seamless and are always adjusting to your driving.
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3) Fuel Efficiency
The 2022 Civic beats the 2022 Sentra in this category as it has an estimated fuel economy in the city of up to 14 km/L compared to 12.3 km/L respectively. On the highway, the Civic delivers almost 18 km/L to the Sentra’s 16.5 km/L.
4) Seating and Cargo Capacity
Both vehicles can only seat up to 5 people. The Civic offer a bit more legroom for the passengers in the back. Tall drivers will appreciate the greater front head- and legroom of the Sentra. The Civic has a very slight advantage over the Sentra in terms of cargo capacity.
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5) Interior Build Quality
For the higher price that it commands, the 2022 Civic does have a more upscale feel to its interiors than the 2022 Sentra. The lighter and airier interior of the Civic feature some retro touches that give it a distinctive feel of being more comfortable and spacious.
The 2022 Sentra has a faux-stitched dash topper for a more stylish atmosphere than previous versions.
Faux carbon fibre trim breaks up the monotony of sombre-hued plastic for a more upscale cockpit. The Civic has a digital gauge cluster screen whereas the Sentra has a mixture of traditional gauges and a small digital screen.
The Civic features a 9-inch touchscreen display while the Sentra has an 8-inch screen.
Both have state-of-the-art multimedia systems with smartphone connectivity. Both cars have Adjustable Steering Wheels with easy-to-use Steering Wheel Controls.
6) Safety Features
Both cars come with Driver Air Bag, Passenger Air Bag, Front Head Air Bag, Rear Head Air Bag, Front Side Air Bag and Rear Side Air Bag. Other common safety features include Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control, Child Safety Locks, Back-Up Camera, Vehicle Anti-Theft System, Traction Control, and Lane Departure Warning. The Civic also has a Blind Spot Monitor and Daytime Running Lights.
The Final Verdict
All in all, the 2022 Civic takes the cake, but it does cost a tad bit more than the 2022 Sentra. This does not in any way mean that the Sentra is a worse car, in fact for people on a budget, the Sentra would be perfect as it comes with most of the same features, looks great and you can use the money you save to pay for the insurance and other related costs.
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