In comparing the 2020 Honda Civic's and the 2020 Nissan Sentra's specifications and ratings, the 2020 Honda Civic has the advantage in the areas of reliability, resale value, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The 2020 Nissan Sentra has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for used cars, and fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the 2020 Honda Civic's and the 2020 Nissan Sentra's specifications and ratings, the 2020 Honda Civic is a better car than the 2020 Nissan Sentra.
2020 Honda Civic vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra Pricing
A used 2020 Honda Civic ranges from $19,493 to $26,994 while a used 2020 Nissan Sentra is priced between $16,995 to $23,994.
2020 Honda Civic vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2020 Honda Civic loses 30.4 percent of its value and the 2020 Nissan Sentra loses 44.1 percent of its value. This means the 2020 Honda Civic retains 13.7 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2020 Nissan Sentra.
2020 Honda Civic vs. 2020 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.
2020 Honda Civic vs. 2020 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 2020 Honda Civic’s base engine makes 158 horsepower, and the 2020 Nissan Sentra base engine makes 149 horsepower. The Civic is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 446 miles. The Sentra is rated to deliver an average of 33 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 484 miles. This gives the 2020 Nissan Sentra the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the 2020 Honda Civic. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are compact cars, the 2020 Honda Civic has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and cargo space. The 2020 Nissan Sentra has the advantage in the area of front leg room. The 2020 Honda Civic and 2020 Nissan Sentra are comparable in regards to rear leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the 2020 Honda Civic has higher safety ratings than the 2020 Nissan Sentra, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.55 out of 5 Stars.