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Ford Focus vs. Nissan Sentra

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Ford Focus

$555
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Nissan Sentra

$405
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Ford Focus Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 29th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $555 which means it has average ownership costs. While the frequency of repairs is higher than normal, the severity of those issues is average, so your Focus may have a few more shop visits when compared to other models.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Nissan Sentra Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 10th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $405 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Sentra.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$555
inexpensive
expensive
$405
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.59
not often
very often
0.18
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(4)
4
(22)
3
(12)
2
(9)
1
(2)
The Ford Focus ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in suspension.
“I'made the original owner, just hit 60,000 miles and have had no problems at all with this car. The manual transmission has been smooth, unlike the problems with the automatic I've read so much ...”
“I'made the original owner, just hit 60,000 miles and have had no problems at all with this car. ...”
5
(4)
4
(30)
3
(22)
2
(5)
1
(2)
The Nissan Sentra ranks highest in electrical and ranks lowest in suspension.
“2013 Nissan Sentra Car seems to have a lot of problems. The motor bogs out a lot, making a loud noise. My back tires ware quickly. And it just started recently over heating! The ac also doesn't blo...”
“2013 Nissan Sentra Car seems to have a lot of problems. The motor bogs out a lot, making a loud n...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Nissan Sentra and the Ford Focus are two compact cars. Both come with front-wheel drive. The Sentra is available as a four-door sedan, while the Focus is available as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. 

The standard engines in the Sentra and the Focus vary in their power ratings. The Sentra comes with 124 horsepower, while the Focus has 160 horsepower standard. The Sentra loses out in optional power, though, with 188 horsepower, compared to the Focus’ 252 horsepower. The Focus wins on power.

Inside, the Sentra has 95.9 cubic feet of passenger space and 15.1 cubic feet in the trunk. The Focus sedan comes in second, with 90.7 cubic feet of passenger space and 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space. For the best space utilization, the Focus hatchback offers 44.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats down.

In driver assistance technologies, the Nissan Sentra and Ford Focus are a mixed bag. While the Sentra offers standard automatic emergency braking on every model, other key features are not available across the board. The Focus offers a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping alert, but only as an option on the top trim level. Both of these cars lag behind Toyota and Honda in this area.

If you like power and performance, you’ll probably prefer the Ford Focus, whichever engine you choose. The Focus hatchback also offers excellent utility. But the Nissan Sentra has more passenger and trunk space, and better driver assistance technologies. Try them both and then decide.

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