Buyers in the market for a compact car who are considering the 2013 Nissan Sentra are also likely to research the 2013 Honda Civic and the 2013 Toyota Corolla. The three vehicles are not only competitors in the compact segment of the market but are also three of the perennial best-selling automobiles in the nation.
Savvy car shoppers will realize the Sentra, which has undergone an extensive redesign with several major upgrades for 2013, outshines the Civic and the Corolla in nearly every significant category.
In terms of comfort, the 2013 Sentra offers more headroom and legroom in both the front and rear seating areas compared with the Civic. The Sentra also provides more headroom and legroom upfront than the Corolla, with approximately an equal amount of space in the rear seating area.
In a crucial category for drivers concerned about prices at the fuel pumps, the Sentra generates excellent gas mileage, surpassing the fuel efficiency of the Corolla and matching or exceeding the fuel efficiency of the Civic. The Sentra gets an estimated 27 to 30 miles per gallon in city driving compared with 26 to 27 miles per gallon for the Corolla and 27 to 28 miles per gallon for the Civic. The Sentra achieves an estimated 36 to 39 miles per gallon on the highway compared with 34 miles per gallon for the Corolla and 36 to 39 miles per gallon for the Civic.
The base manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the Sentra comes in significantly lower than the base price of the Civic and is roughly equivalent to the price of the Corolla. The 2013 Sentra starts at $15,423 while the Civic checks in with a base price of $16,892 and the Corolla starts at $15,338. The final price of any of the three vehicles can vary depending upon factors such as options, rebates and destination charges.
The Sentra’s trunk provides a roomier cargo area for hauling packages than either the Civic or the Corolla. The Sentra accelerates slightly more quickly than the Corolla and about as well as the Civic. The three vehicles’ basic warranties are similar.