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Honda Civic vs. Nissan Sentra

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Honda Civic

2015 Honda Civic
$365
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Nissan Sentra

2015 Nissan Sentra
$405
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Excellent

The Honda Civic Reliability Rating is 5.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 1st out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $365 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the Civic is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.

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.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$365
inexpensive
very expensive
$405
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.3
not often
way too often
0.2
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
minor issues
major issues
11%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(122 Reviews)
(64 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(20)
4 star
(74)
3 star
(15)
2 star
(7)
1 star
(0)

The Honda Civic ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in brakes.

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Rating Details
5 star
(4)
4 star
(30)
3 star
(22)
2 star
(5)
1 star
(2)

The Nissan Sentra ranks highest in electrical and ranks lowest in suspension.

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“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...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Nissan Sentra and the Honda Civic are both compact cars. They each come with front-wheel drive. The Sentra is available as a four-door sedan, while the Civic offers three body styles: a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe and a five-door hatchback.

The standard engines in the Nissan Sentra and the Honda Civic have much different power outputs. The Sentra comes with 124 horsepower, while the Civic has 158. Their optional engines are more comparable, with the Sentra offering 188 horsepower as an option, and the Civic providing 180.

Comparing interior space and trunk size, the Nissan Sentra and the Honda Civic sedan are extremely close. The Sentra has 95.9 cubic feet of passenger space and 15.1 cubic feet in the trunk. The Civic sedan has 95 cubic feet of passenger space and 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space. But the Civic hatchback has 46.2 cubic feet of space behind the front seats, making it the best option for hauling big and bulky items.

The Civic wins for safety. Lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, collision mitigation braking, and road-departure mitigation are available on every Civic with an automatic transmission. While the Sentra offers standard automatic emergency braking on every model, other key features are not available across the board.

The Nissan Sentra and the Honda Civic are nearly identical in interior space, trunk room and optional power choices. But the Civic has more standard horsepower, offers more safety features and has three body styles. The Honda Civic wins overall.

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