When comparing the 2018 Honda Civic's and the 2018 Nissan Sentra's specifications and ratings, the 2018 Honda Civic has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, reliability, resale value, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The 2018 Nissan Sentra has the advantage in the area of typical lower range of pricing for used cars. Based on this comparison of the 2018 Honda Civic's and the 2018 Nissan Sentra's specifications and ratings, the 2018 Honda Civic is a better car than the 2018 Nissan Sentra.
2018 Honda Civic vs. 2018 Nissan Sentra Pricing
A used 2018 Honda Civic ranges from $15,493 to $24,997 while a used 2018 Nissan Sentra is priced between $9,691 to $18,997.
2018 Honda Civic vs. 2018 Nissan Sentra Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2018 Honda Civic loses 30.4 percent of its value and the 2018 Nissan Sentra loses 44.1 percent of its value. This means the 2018 Honda Civic retains 13.7 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2018 Nissan Sentra.
2018 Honda Civic vs. 2018 Nissan Sentra Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Honda Civic is 9.0 out of 10 while the Nissan Sentra's quality rating is 8.2 out of 10. This results in the Honda Civic being ranked 3 out of 26 Best Compact Cars and the Nissan Sentra being ranked 11 out of 26. Out of 43 Best Small Cars, the Honda Civic is ranked 5 and the Nissan Sentra is ranked 16.
2018 Honda Civic vs. 2018 Nissan Sentra Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Honda Civic is 8.8 out of 10. For the Nissan Sentra the reliability rating is 7.9 out of 10. This gives the Honda Civic a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Nissan Sentra.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the 2018 Honda Civic’s base engine makes 158 horsepower, and the 2018 Nissan Sentra base engine makes 130 horsepower. The Civic is rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 496 miles. The Sentra is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 462 miles. This gives the 2018 Honda Civic the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the 2018 Nissan Sentra. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are compact cars, the 2018 Honda Civic has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, rear head room and rear shoulder room. The 2018 Nissan Sentra has the advantage in the areas of front head room and front leg room. The 2018 Honda Civic and 2018 Nissan Sentra are comparable in regards to rear leg room and cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the 2018 Honda Civic has higher safety ratings than the 2018 Nissan Sentra, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.55 out of 5 Stars.