2017 Nissan Sentra vs. Its Competition

2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Nissan Sentra ranks as one of the most spacious and comfortable-riding models in its segment, but it seems lacking in style and performance compared with rivals.

All the big names offer more in those metrics, starting with the Honda Civic.

In all forms, it's a sleek-looking fastback with exceptional ride quality in top models, and turbo power on tap.

The Ford Focus is a stylish sedan or hatchback that delivers a sporty driving experience, especially in rip-snorting Focus RS trim.

The Toyota Corolla is a strong contender in its current form; it's more exciting to look at, although it keeps with all the responsible, rational expectations you might have of this model.

Finally, the Chevy Cruze has a bullet-smooth new shape and comfortably above-average performance, though rear-seat space gives up something to its roofline.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Nissan Sentra spiffs up its performance in SR Turbo trim, but it's still more a need-to-buy than an want-to-buy car.
The 2017 Chevy Cruze adds a hatch to the family that retains the same good ride and ample space, without being boomy or loud.
The 2017 Ford Focus has great road manners and scorching high-performance editions, but it's compromised by a small back seat.
The 2017 Honda Civic gains a hatchback body this year, but we were already sold. It's a very good compact car.
We miss the brash, buzzy looks, for sureā€”but the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is now one of the most refined economy cars on the road.
The 2017 Toyota Corolla takes a well-deserved bow this year for 50 years of drama-free commuting. This model is entirely acceptable, and we're thankful for an available suite of advanced safety tech.
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