2018 Nissan Sentra vs. Its Competition

2018 Nissan Sentra
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2018 Nissan Sentra competes among other value-packed sedans, which offer surprising features for little money.

The Honda Civic is our pick in the class for its peppy turbo engines, great fuel economy, and available body styles.

The Mazda 3 is a compelling choice thanks to its elegant looks and hatchback body style.

The Ford Focus is aged among rivals, but its high-powered RS model is the performance pick anywhere.

The Chevy Cruze offers a diesel powertrain for high-mileage buyers, and a hatch body for better practicality.

The Toyota Corolla is very outdated in the class and falls down to the Sentra in nearly every way except the name on the nose.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 Nissan Sentra is a compact car that does what it says on the package: it’s roomy, quiet, and relatively affordable.
The 2018 Chevy Cruze offers lots of compelling reasons to select it, but we’d like to see more safety tech on its standard equipment roster.
The 2018 Ford Focus is irony on wheels: it comes in a dizzying range of models, of which the SEL and ST are our picks.
The 2018 Honda Civic is a good car made better by plenty of options and value at nearly every stop.
The 2018 Mazda 3 adds standard active safety features to an already compelling value. Among compact cars, this is one to consider.
Perfectly average in every way, the Toyota Corolla is thoroughly competent, but not at all interesting.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name     
S Manual4-Door Sedan 1.4L L w/1SMS SedanLX ManualSport ManualL CVT (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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