Comparing the Nissan Sentra Against the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic in Inwood, NY

Compact sedans are a great option for Brooklyn and Queens drivers who are looking for a car that nimbly handles city driving conditions but still offers an engaging driving dynamic when you escape for a weekend out of town. While there are many options available, the Nissan Sentra traditionally stands at the head of the class. To prove our point, we took at look at how the Sentra matches up to two popular models, the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic.

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Nissan Sentra vs. Toyota Corolla


One of the main benefits of this class is the affordability of the models, and the Nissan Sentra truly shines in this aspect. It has a much lower starting price, $16,990, than the Toyota Corolla, $18,600, while coming standard with many of the same features and premium materials that make your drive more enjoyable.


This class isn't exactly known for its performance, with most models focusing on fuel- and money-saving efficiency, an area where these models are very similar, but with the Nissan Sentra, Valley Stream drivers have the option to upgrade to an engine that packs 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, which blows the 140 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque that the Toyota Corolla musters, out of the water.


While the Nissan Sentra is shorter and skinnier than the Toyota Corolla, which makes it easier to fit into Brooklyn parking spots, its design wastes zero space, so drivers can expect more leg and head room, two key components to staying comfortable, in the front row of the Nissan Sentra. Plus, the Sentra has a larger trunk area, so Elmont drivers can fit more luggage or groceries without taking up cabin space.

The Nissan Sentra holds advantages in the areas most important to car shoppers considering new models in the compact sedan class, so come down to Rockaway Nissan in Inwood to see these advantages for yourself!

Nissan Sentra vs. Honda Civic


With a starting price of only $16,990, the Nissan Sentra is significantly more affordable than the Honda Civic, which starts at $18,940. Then, when you consider the many features that come standard in the introductory Sentra but not in the base Civic, your savings really start to add up. It's also worth mentioning that the Sentra achieves slightly better fuel efficiency when you're driving in city traffic.


Sedans in this class typically won't blow your doors off with powerhouse engines, but it's nice to know that you have something at your disposal when you need to call on it as you drive from Elmont to Valley Stream. While the Civic enjoys an advantage when we compare each model's standard engine, you'll want to opt for the Sentra when you're searching for maximum power. Its top engine outperforms the Civic's best option, giving you that extra pep you want when passing slower drivers.


While both sedans offer more than their fair share of standard amenities, the Sentra offers a much better-equipped base version. With such features as overhead console storage, a 60/40-split rear seat, voice-activated audio controls, variable speed intermittent wipers, auxiliary audio input, and a second LCD monitor, the Sentra provides Nassau Country drivers with more of the comfort and driver-assistance features they want.

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