Should I Buy a Nissan Sentra or a Honda Civic?

This is a question we hear a lot here at Nissan of Meridian. There are merits to both models. Both are compact cars that are best-sellers in the segment, with decades of proven craftsmanship and dedicated followings. Both are ideal sedans for commuting, weekend getaways, and road trips alike. Only one, however, gets ahead for drivers in the Meridian MS area. See why that's Nissan Sentra right here on the Web -- our experts have made comparing both models easy.

Nissan Sentra vs Honda Civic

  • Its SR Turbo and NISMO trims are designed to be thoroughbred sports cars. Honda Civic offers a Sport trim, but in name only. It shows in higher trims, which incorporate a turbocharged 188-horsepower, 1.6-liter DIG I4 engine capable of producing 177 pound-feet of torque. Later Honda Civic trims can only put out up to 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet.
  • It's better with fuel. Opt for a manual transmission, and you can get up to 27 mpg in a city like Philadelphia MS, 35 mpg down the highway to Forest MS, and 30 mpg combined between Hattiesburg and Butler AL, according to EPA estimates. The Honda Civic LX base can only get up to 25 mpg city and 29 mpg combined.
  • It's roomier. There's as much as 95.9 cubic feet of space for passengers, a 15.1-cubic-foot trunk, and you can enjoy more front head and leg room than in Honda Civic. Those are places that often count most in a smaller car.
  • It's got luxury touches its rival doesn't. Accommodations range from cloth and premium cloth to premium sport cloth and leather, with synthetic suede seat trim standard in the NISMO trim along with exclusive bolstered front seats. Honda Civic doesn't offer sport cloth or suede seating.
  • Ditto for technological edges. 7-inch touch-screen infotainment comes standard right from the get-go, with available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for connecting a smartphone. Honda Civic only features a 5-inch LCD in its base trim.
  • It's better-rated for safety. Outfitted with LED low beams and auto emergency brakes, it's an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK. Honda Civic, on the other hand, receives a poor headlight rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, keeping it just shy of the authority's high rating.

Take the ride out to visit us here at 1106 North Frontage Road, and you can see firsthand how else Nissan Sentra upends the Honda Civic competition. We'll be glad to take you for a test drive!

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