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Nissan Sentra vs Honda Civic



  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    It wasn't fixed when you thought it was fixed, but it's fixed now!!

    Sorry, not sure what happened, but it has been un-happened now. Thanks, rorr, for posting how you got here. That led me straight to the problem.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    As far as long term quality, well Hyundai did just win all those JD Powers initial quality awards

    JD Powers initial quality test is only based on the first 90 days of ownership. Not a very telling award.

    Nissan and Honda have proven reliability over the long haul. I would give Honda the edge a bit.
  • i prefer the Honda Civic over the Nissan Sentra.if i get a Nissan Sentra i just want to drive fast. since i have my honda civic i have been driving real slow. no tickets since 2001. thanks to my honda. :)
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    this is kinda weird. What is it about the sentra that makes you want to go fast, but in the civic makes you want to go slow? Although both these cars have been slammed for thier styling, i'm pretty sure most people would agree that the new civic looks sportier and sleeker than the new sentra (i like the way they both look.) Wouldn't that make you want to go faster? Its not really fair to compare the new sentra to the civic you have now....the new civic is a compeletely different car!
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    The new Sentra is tuned much more for comfort, taking away any real handling abilities. In a recent comparison test, the brand new Sentra came in dead last. The editors kept calling it the "mini-Town Car." Not good for speed or sport.
  • punkr77punkr77 Posts: 183
    The Civic is a better car IMHO for a few reasons:

    Safety: Civic has award winning safety, Sentra has 2 star side impact (there are no 1 star currently sold).

    Styling: a matter of opinion, but I think the Civic is a much more attractive car inside and out.

    Reliability/Resale: the two go hand in hand. Honda has a better reputation for reliability (though after 6 or so years the difference is negligible) and higher resale.
  • lostwrenchlostwrench Posts: 288
    Let's stay with facts and not make up fiction.

    The Civic has 5 star ratings for both driver and passenger in frontal impacts. It has only a 4 star rating for front driver and passenger side impacts.

    The Sentra has 5 star ratings for both driver and passenger in frontal impacts. It has a FIVE STAR rating for front driver and passenger side impacts.

    The Buick LaCrosse has a 1 star side impact rating.
  • punkr77punkr77 Posts: 183
    I stand corrected. I was looking at the 06 Sentra, not 07. The 06 Sentra did have a 2 front-side rating. The 07 does indeed have 5 stars. (hangs head in shame)
  • lostwrenchlostwrench Posts: 288
    Let us all not forget that comparisons of vehicle's star ratings must contain the important factor that each vehicle must be within 250 pounds of each other. A five star pick-up truck vs a five star Civic or Sentra results in the passengers of the pick-up being safer even though both vehicles are five star rated.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    A five star pick-up truck vs a five star Civic or Sentra results in the passengers of the pick-up being safer even though both vehicles are five star rated.

    Can't seem to find the logic in that.
  • lostwrenchlostwrench Posts: 288
    Mass. The heavier the vehicle, the more mass. The more mass, the greater the resistance. Star rating comparisons are only for vehicles within 250 pounds of each other.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    so does that mean that my rabbit weighing in a lot more than either of those two is not in the same safety class? Your post would insinuate that its even better.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,870
    See Edmunds test of Sentra SE-R Spec V.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    I read it, but couldn't really figure out where it 'smoked' the si. In fact, they seemed to point that the si is still the better car! :confuse:
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,870
    I read it, but couldn't really figure out where it 'smoked' the si.

    At the track is where the Sentra smoked the Civic.
  • lostwrenchlostwrench Posts: 288
    The 2007 Rabbit has only a 4 star frontal crash rating. If its weight was within 250 pounds of the Sentra or Civic, which have 5 star frontal crash ratings,the Sentra or Civic would be safer. If the Rabbit weighs 251 pounds or more than the Sentra or Civic, then it is not in the same weight class and cannot be compared with the Sentra or Civic. Any car within 250 pounds of your Rabbit and having a 5 star frontal crash rating, would be safer than your 4 star frontal crash rating Rabbit.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    its not by much. Besides, with 225 w rated tires, it should at least put up some decent numbers.

    Don't get me wrong, i actually like the se-r alot! (has an engine with enough torque to justify an auto) but i don't thinkt the numbers were so amazing that it merited a 'smoked' on the si's part. :blush:
  • That is odd considering previous Spec V 0-60 tests put it 6-7 secs.
  • ezpilzeezpilze Posts: 29
    Inside Line Executive Editor Michael Jordan says:
    All the performance numbers look pretty good, and Nissan has shown us plenty of compelling video of the SE-R Spec V being tested at the Nürburgring. We've driven the Spec V at a racetrack ourselves, and can report that it's terrifically stable in long, sweeping bends. But like the Renault Mégane from which it's derived, the Sentra always feels a little too big for what it's trying to be.

    I'm not a real big fan of numbers myself, but just looking at the 07 SE-R you can tell that it won't exit a corner as well as the si. Maybe on a relatively straight track the sentra will "smoke" the civic, but I can't see any reason why the si would not be able to out run the sentra in an actual course.

    Besides, the si was not really meant for true performance; I find driving Si's(98, 02, 06) to be much more enjoyable if you ever find a place to go all out. otherwise the SE-R (04 and probably 07) is a much funner car to drive in the city since it has that goody-goody torque that most of us crave.

    I like the styling of the SE-R, its very... non-overly modern, unlike the si or tC, I guess I must be getting old... not much to look forward to after you're 21, except retirement and senior citizen benefits. However, its that UGLY gear box that appeared on the last gen si's. Personal preference, but it looks like a rod went through the bottom the car... The back reminds me of a tC/prius mix.

    Overall, the SE-R (I think) shares the same problem as the last gen si, its height to bottom width ratio is too high. Makes the car look like it'll turn over under heavy steering, AND makes it look awkward, or in this case, ugly. Notice how ALL/perhaps most super cars are short and VERY wide?
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    i thought the biggest problem with the last gen si was its wimpy tires and high weight to low horsepower. But yeah it was a bit high huh? Although i think it to be a bit lower than even the new ser.

    What did you mean about the ugly gear box? you mean how its right on the middle?
  • The 02-06 Spec V's are also much lighter. They didn't need to tweak the engine all they needed was to develop a more direct air intake and automatically install the catback exhaust.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    much lighter than what? The old si? When i mentioned weight it was in reference to comparing the 02-05 si to the previous generations which, well, weighed nothing.
  • Lighter than the current Spec V. I wasn't even referring to the Si.
  • ezpilzeezpilze Posts: 29
    Yeah to the gear box placement. If it was awkward I wouldn't mind too much, it'd probably take a little getting used to, but each time I looked at it just disgusted me even more.

    Well, number of lack of power can be fixed and tires can be made slightly wider via after market parts, but the overall height of the car, even w/ lowering can't be changed much... unless if you chop off the top. =P
  • The current edition of Car and Driver did not review the new Sentra SER Spec V well. Rated it 4 out of 5. "The Sentra starts off with one foot in a hole: None of us likes its looks. The lamentably shaped body gets an SE-R go-fast costume consisting of the shovel nose, spoilered tail, special headlights and tail lights, and rocker-panel furbelows....." "The problem here, really, is not just looks. The SE-R Spec V lacks spirit. Competence, sure, it has plenty of that, but there's no eagerness, no fire, no gotta-go. Power toys like to play around. The SE-R is well-behaved to the point of ---yawn--lets go home. So it finished in fourth place, just five points up on the veteran WRX." It goes on to mention "Steering response is soft. Brakes are gradual." "cushions have a cheap feel, as if commodity-grade stuffing had been overlaid with a thin layer of plush."
  • There is no denying that the new Sentra is uglier than sin I passed one the other day and again noticed the ghetto taillights since when have we become a society of bad taste.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Having gone from one to the other last June, all I can say is there's really no comparison between the two. Old technology versus new basically. The Sentra was just an economy car without much economy in my case. Mileage in the lower 20's city and not even 28 highway was unacceptable. Lousy brakes and an uncomfortable ride only made the car feel worse. And the check engine light that the dealer could never really fix pushed me to buy the Civic. Luckily, the light did eventually go out a week after the warranty was up.
    Two weeks later the car was history and have been a happy camper ever since. Civic does everything an economy car should do without any drama and lots of fun. When I really want to "zoom zoom", I just get behind the wheel of the wife's Mazda 3s and I'm gone!

    The Sandman :)
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    i actually don't minde the way the new sentra looks; def much nicer than the older versions.
  • james31278james31278 Posts: 78
    So this is nicer than this?


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