2021 Nissan Sentra vs. Its Competition

2021 Nissan Sentra
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Nissan Sentra competes with compact sedans and hatchbacks that all seem to be getting larger and offered with more sport and style than their budget-car past.

The Honda Civic comes in basic and Type R trim—and there’s a more subtle, revamped version coming in 2022.

The Mazda 3 offers sporty handling and a more refined, upscale interior in sedan and hatchback form.

The VW Jetta does everything well, though there’s nothing particularly noteworthy about its performance.

The new Hyundai Elantra has expressive style and new hybrid models, along with an excellent warranty.

As a sedan, hatch, or hybrid, the Toyota Corolla is long on reliability and value, and the hatchback gives it a much-needed visual edge.

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Quick Specs
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The 2021 Nissan Sentra has a sleek shape and a more refined ride, which makes it a better value than in the past.
6.7
The 2021 Honda Civic doesn’t let social responsibility get in the way of a good time.
6.7
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra has big style, big available tech, and big range from a hybrid powertrain.
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The 2021 Mazda 3 straddles the mainstream and upscale markets with a quality cabin, power that ranges from pedestrian to plentiful, and available all-wheel drive.
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With the 2021 Corolla, Toyota has almost excised all the bland from its diet.
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The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is a no-frills compact with good value. Saving money never goes out of style.
MSRP From     
$19,510$21,250$19,650$20,650$20,025$18,995
Gas Mileage     
28 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
S CVTLX CVTSE IVT SULEV *Ltd Avail*2.0 FWDL CVT (SE)S Manual
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanHatchbackSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
CVT w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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