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Vehicle Comparisons:
Nissan Sentra vs Honda Civic

2021 Nissan Sentra Red

If you’re shopping for a new sedan, chances are you’ve considered the Nissan Sentra and Honda Civic. While both vehicles may seem similar at first glance, there’s a lot that sets them apart. So, how do drivers in East Providence, Cranston, and Pawtucket, RI, know which one is right for them?

In this 2021 Nissan Sentra vs. Honda Civic comparison, we’ll take a closer look at the features and specifications to see what sets these two sedans apart. If you have any questions about the 2021 Sentra and how it compares to the Honda Civic, please contact us at Stateline Nissan.

Nissan Sentra vs Honda Civic: Interior and Exterior Dimensions

sentra interiorIf you’re someone who spends a lot of time in the city, both the Civic and Sentra are small enough to allow you to find closer parking spots and zip through traffic on your rides home. The Honda Civic is 182.7 inches long and 70.9 inches wide, so you can grab those smaller spaces.

The Nissan Sentra comes out to the same length at 182.7 inches long. However, you’ll get a bit more width to work with at 71.5 inches.

Both the Nissan Sentra and Honda Civic feature spacious seating for up to five passengers, but the front row may feel slightly larger in the Nissan Sentra. The 2021 Sentra boasts 44 inches of legroom in the front seats, while the Honda Civic has 42.3 inches of legroom in the front.

Exterior Features

The Honda Civic and the Nissan Sentra are both stylish vehicles with plenty of exterior features that look good and help with your daily drives.

The Honda Civic offers available LED headlights with auto-on/off functions, standard windshield wipers with two speeds, and available fog lights. If you’re a fan of the wind in your hair and the sun coming in from above, the available one-touch power moonroof with a tilt feature might be a worthy add-on.

The Nissan Sentra has many of the same standard features but takes things one step further. While the available moonroof on the Civic is only available on the highest three trim levels, you can opt for the available power sliding glass moonroof starting at the second trim on the Sentra.

For those cold mornings, the Sentra also has standard heated outside mirrors starting at the second trim level. The highest trim level even comes standard with body-color exterior mirrors for that sporty look to your sedan.

Infotainment Features

Like most modern vehicles, the Honda Civic and the Nissan Sentra come with standard infotainment systems. However, what features you get depends on which trim level you choose and other available features you can add.

The Honda Civic’s infotainment system starts with a 5-inch LCD color screen on the first trim level. You’ll get access to standard features, like Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and Streaming Audio. You won’t get access to the 7-inch display or Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™ integration until the second trim level.

The Nissan Sentra starts with a 7-inch color touch-screen display as its infotainment system in the first trim level. It comes with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and even voice recognition technology with the first trim level.

You’ll even get a standard 4.2-inch Advanced Drive-Assist® Display as standard. However, if you opt for a higher trim level on the Sentra, you’ll get a NissanConnect® 8-inch color touch-screen and a 7.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist® Display.

Performance Specifications and Fuel Economy

Both the Nissan Sentra and the Honda Civic come standard with similarly powerful engines. The standard powertrain of the 2021 Honda Civic is a 2.0L 158-horsepower 4-cylinder i-VTEC® engine. Paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), this engine generates just 138 lb-ft of torque.

Pop open the hood of the 2021 Nissan Sentra and you’ll find the same engine across all three trims. The engine in the Sentra is a little more powerful when it comes to torque than the Honda Civic. The engine is a 2.0L Direct Injection Gasoline™ (DIG) 4-cylinder engine with 149 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Nissan Sentra also comes standard with an Xtronic CVT®.

The Honda Civic and the Nissan Sentra both do outstanding in terms of fuel economy. The Honda Civic gets an EPA-estimated 30 city and 38 highway MPG. The Nissan Sentra does slightly better on the highway with an EPA-estimated 29 city and 39 highway MPG.1

Nissan Sentra vs Honda Civic: Safety and Dependability Ratings

sentra interiorFor most car buyers, safety is a top priority. Both vehicles received high safety ratings: the 2021 Nissan Sentra and the Honda Civic were named a 2021 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To earn this designation, a vehicle must earn “good” ratings in all six crash tests and an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

When comparing vehicles, looking at overall brand dependability can help you decide which vehicle might be the more dependable option. The J.D. Power U.S. Dependability Study was created to do just that. It tests dependability for almost all vehicle brands on the US market. The industry average for problems per 100 vehicles in 2021 is 121.

Honda outperformed brands, like Volkswagen and Jaguar, in terms of dependability with 143 problems per 100 vehicles. However, Nissan did better than Honda and other brands, like Infiniti and Jeep, with 128 problems per 100 cars, much closer to the industry average.

Learn More About the Nissan Sentra vs Honda Civic

We hope you learned a lot about the 2021 Nissan Sentra and 2021 Honda Civic. However, to truly decide which sedan is suitable for your needs, you must get behind the wheel for yourself.

If you’re looking to elevate your drives with more space, an advanced performance, and confidence-building safety, then we think the Sentra might be for you. We’re always helping drivers from East Providence, Cranston, and Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and the surrounding area learn more about the vehicles they love.

To discover more of what this vehicle offers and schedule a test drive, contact us at Stateline Nissan today.


1 2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 29 City MPG / 39 Highway MPG / 33 Combined MPG for Sentra® S, SV; 28 City MPG / 37 Highway MPG / 32 Combined MPG for Sentra SR. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.