If you're on the hunt for a sedan that's efficient, comfortable, and tech-savvy, then you're in the right place. Though there are plenty of models on the market to choose from, we think there are two sedans that fit the bill perfectly that shoppers in Flemington, Rowland Mills, and East Amwell Township, New Jersey, will love: the Nissan Sentra and Honda Civic.

With so many features to be excited about in both vehicles, how will you choose between the 2020 Nissan Sentra and the 2020 Honda Civic? That's what we at Fred Beans Nissan of Flemington are here to help you do. With this 2020 Nissan Sentra vs. Honda Civic comparison, you can easily see which sedan fits your driving needs. All you have to do is read ahead to see which model comes out on top!

Sentra vs Civic: Overview

As competitively capable sedans, the Nissan Sentra and the Honda Civic have a lot of similarities when it comes to performance, interior space, and comfort:

2020 Nissan Sentra

2020 Honda Civic

Standard Transmission

Xtronic® CVT


Highway EPA-Estimated MPG

39 MPG*

38 MPG

Front Legroom

44 inches

42.3 inches

Standard Dashboard Display

7-inch Touchscreen

5-inch LCD

Push-Button Start



However, it's their differences that will help you decide between these two sedans. Let's find out how the Nissan Sentra and Honda Civic vary in some aspects that drivers care about the most.

2020 Sentra vs 2020 Civic: Powertrain & Power

To successfully cruise the streets with vigor and style, you'll need some oomph under the hood. Luckily enough, both the Sentra and Civic deliver, offering enough power to make a scene, although one model might leave you wanting a little more.

The Nissan Sentra comes standard with a 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder, which is paired with an Xtronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). This hearty engine specializes in presenting you with a more robust ride. It does this by delivering a respectable 146 lb-ft of torque that makes for an exciting ride.

In the Honda Civic, you'll find less torque with its standard 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. Though this powertrain is mated to a similar continuously variable transmission, it only produces up to 138 lb-ft of torque, which may result in a less thrilling commute.

Additionally, the Nissan Sentra also seems to handle better while on the open road. Thanks to the Xtronic® transmission, you'll have lightning speed acceleration and up to 29 city/39 highway MPG.*

On the other hand, the less advanced drivetrain in the Honda Civic only receives 38 MPG on the highway. And that extra mile adds up fast. 

Nissan Sentra vs Honda Civic: Interior Technology

Imagine yourself behind the wheel going to work, picking up the kids after school, or headed across the state to visit family. That ride wouldn't be complete without a plethora of advanced technologies that keep you entertained and connected.

In both the 2020 Nissan Sentra and the 2020 Honda Civic, you'll have infotainment systems that offer Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free phone calls and audio streaming as well as a rearview camera.

However, the supported screens differ in each model. Standardly in the Civic, you'll get a 5-inch LCD screen, whereas in the Sentra you'll have control over the standard 7-inch touchscreen display.

The Sentra keeps going, though, by adding several other additional features not found in the Civic. In the Sentra, you'll also have a hands-free text messaging assistant and Siri® Eyes Free. Both features are voice-command operated, making it easy for you to stay in the loop even when you're behind the wheel. Plus, they come standard in all trim levels.

Additionally, for even more connectivity, the Sentra offers an available NissanConnect® 8-inch touchscreen, smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and a Bose® Premium Audio System with eight speakers.

Though the Honda sedan does offer a text message function in its higher trims, Siri® isn't available at all, limiting voice-command controls while hitting the open road.

If you wish to upgrade to a touchscreen and smartphone integration, however, the Civic makes one available as well. Although, the screen size maxes out at seven inches.

Honda vs Nissan: Safety

There's nothing quite as crucial as safety while driving. Luckily, the 2020 Nissan Sentra and the 2020 Honda Civic were designed with that in mind, including features that boost peace of mind around every corner. 

In both vehicles, you'll be able to enjoy a number of available advanced active safety features including Intelligent Cruise Control, advanced automatic braking systems, and more.

The Sentra doesn't stop there, though. Blind Spot Warning and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert are also included in the standard Nissan Intelligent Mobility™ system. Unfortunately, nothing of the sort is found in the Honda Civic.

Additionally, to help prevent dangerous flat tires and possible blowouts, the Nissan makes available the class-exclusive Easy-Fill Tire Alert system. This intuitively lets you know when your tires need air and will automatically enable your hazard lights when filling up. Plus, when you've reached the correct pressure, the horn will beep letting you know to stop. This feature is only found in Nissan vehicles.

2020 Nissan Sentra vs 2020 Honda Civic: Interiors

Since you're bound to be inside your sedan frequently, you deserve a haven of a space that's ultimately comfortable for you and yours. Both the Sentra and Civic offer cabins that are well-appointed, but which one will meet your needs better?

Inside the Nissan Sentra, you'll find the perfect combination of comfort, convenience, and space. Standard in each model are features that make driving a breeze, like keyless entry, a push-button ignition, rear door alert, and 60/40 split rear seats.

You can also opt for available additions like the dual-zone climate control system and your choice of upholstery. Along with the standard cloth, you can opt for premium cloth, sport cloth with contrast orange stitching, leatherette seating, or premium quilted leather.

In the Civic model's cabin, you won't find as many standard features and less chance to personalize inside. For example, if you want features like a push-button start or 60/40 split-rear seating, you'll have to move to a higher trim.

Additionally, rear door alert isn't available at all and you only have two choices of upholstery: standard cloth and available leather.

As for interior space, the Nissan Sentra comes out on top again. Though both models can seat up to five inside, the 2020 Sentra offers more wiggle room with a larger legroom in the front.

  • Nissan Sentra Front Legroom: 44 inches
  • Honda Civic Front Legroom: 42.3 inches

Nissan Sentra vs Honda Civic: Which One Is for You?

Though we think both sedans bring a lot to the table, as you can see, the Nissan Sentra simply offers more to drivers. With extra power, technology, safety, and interior amenities, there's so much to love about the 2020 Sentra.

To see for yourself what this model can do, schedule a test drive at Fred Beans Nissan of Flemington today. Shoppers in Flemington, Rowland Mills, and East Amwell Township, NJ, can set up their appointment online or by giving us a call!



*2020 EPA fuel economy estimates for Sentra®: • 29 city MPG / 39 hwy MPG / 33 combined MPG for 2020 Sentra S and SV • 28 city MPG / 37 hwy MPG / 32 combined MPG for 2020 Sentra SR. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions - use for comparison only.

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