2015 Nissan Sentra Comparisons
The 2015 Nissan Sentra offers drivers a responsive and efficient ride with a spacious cabin and a number of advanced technology features. But how does it compare to other models in the Philadelphia, Lansdale, and Doylestown area?
In this detailed vehicle comparison, our team at Montgomeryville Nissan took the 2015 Nissan Sentra and put it up against four of the leading compact cars on the market to help you discover what features they have in common as well as what sets them apart.
2015 Nissan Sentra
Owners of the 2015 Sentra will receive a powerful 1.8-liter DOHC engine that produces 130 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. This four-cylinder engine combines Nissan Direct Ignition, electronic Drive-by-Wire throttle, and an available Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) to provide maximum response and fuel efficiency.
For a sportier drive and more control, drivers can also enjoy a standard six-speed manual transmission.
The cabin of the Nissan Sentra is both spacious and comfortable, offering supportive seating for up to five passengers and 95.9 cubic feet of total passenger volume. Plus you’ll also get 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space for transporting cargo.
When it comes to technology, the 2015 Nissan Sentra delivers with an available 5.8-inch color touchscreen and an intuitive NissanConnect infotainment system. Users will have access over helpful mobile apps and a powerful navigation system in addition to voice recognition for hands-free calling and audio control.
And if all that wasn’t enough to make the 2015 Nissan Sentra one of the top sedans on the road, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a 2015 Top Safety Pick.
But how does the 2015 Nissan Sentra compare to similar models?
Nissan Sentra vs. Toyota Corolla
Similar to the Nissan Sentra, the 2015 Toyota Corolla comes standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. You’ll even find an available CVT for drivers who want the ease of an automatic with the efficiency of a manual transmission.
Even on the inside, the Toyota Corolla offers spacious seating for five passengers, but the 13-cubic-foot trunk is 2.1 cubic feet smaller than the trunk of the Nissan Sentra, something that could be an issue when you’re transporting luggage or packing for a day at the beach.
Technology is another area of close comparison, where the Toyota features a standard audio system complete with Bluetooth® compatibility, a USB port, and hands-free phone calls. But this standard option lacks a number of premium tech systems, like integrated navigation or a touchscreen display. For those, drivers will have to upgrade to a higher trim.
In terms of safety, the 2015 Toyota Corolla failed to earn any recognition from the IIHS, mainly because the car received a marginal score for small overlap front crashworthiness. On the IIHS safety rating scale, marginal is only one level above poor, with poor being the lowest possible score.
The standard engine in the 2015 Ford Focus is a four-cylinder Ti-VCT Flex-Fuel engine. At 2.0 liters in size, this engine requires slightly more fuel than the Nissan Sentra, impeding the Ford’s overall fuel economy.
To improve fuel efficiency, the Ford Focus offers an optional 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, but with only three cylinders and a six-speed manual transmission, this engine generates a maximum of 123 horsepower. The Nissan Sentra packs 130 horsepower.
The standard engine of the Ford Focus comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission system, although a six-speed automatic is also available. The 2015 Ford Focus doesn’t, however, offer a CVT.
Passenger volume in the Ford Focus is 5.2 cubic feet less than that of the Nissan Sentra, and even the trunk shrinks slightly to 13.2 cubic feet compared to the 15.1-cubic-foot trunk of the Nissan Sentra. But the Ford Focus did manage to be named an IIHS 2015 Top Safety Pick, although it actually scored slightly lower than the 2015 Nissan Sentra in small overlap front crashworthiness.
Switching to technology, you’ll find a similar list of standard and optional features between the sedans, from voice recognition to Bluetooth, touchscreen displays and more. However, some drivers have found that the MyFord Touch infotainment system is unnecessarily complicated and difficult to navigate. The system in the Nissan Sentra meanwhile has been careful designed for intuitive use and functionality.
Nissan Sentra vs. Chevy Cruze
Starting with performance, drivers will find that the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze and the Nissan Sentra both offer a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. But although the engines are the same size, they vary in power. For example, the 1.8-liter DOHC engine of the Chevy Cruze produces just 125 lb-ft of torque, where the Nissan Sentra achieves 128 lb-ft.
You also won’t find an available CVT in the Cruze, but it does come standard with a six-speed manual transmission.
Passenger and cargo volume is another area where these two models are similar, but the Nissan Sentra holds the advantage. For trunk space, the Chevy Cruze offers 15 cubic feet. That’s about 2 cubic inches less than the Nissan Sentra, which has 15.1 cubic feet of space. In the cabin, the Cruze offers 94.6 cubic feet of passenger volume compared to 95.9 cubic feet in the Nissan.
The technology package of the Cruze includes features such as an available touchscreen and voice recognition, but the system periodically has trouble understanding requests, and slow or missed responses can be frustrating.
Nissan Sentra vs. Honda Civic
The 2015 Nissan Sentra and the 2015 Honda Civic both feature a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and an optional CVT. Because of these almost-identical configurations, performance in the two sedans is similar. But that’s seemingly where the similarities end between the Sentra and the Civic.
For one, the 2015 Nissan Sentra offers owners more available passenger room with 95.9 cubic feet of space. The highest trims of the Honda Civic, the LX and SE, offer 94.6 cubic feet, while the lower trims, the EX and the EX-L, offer just 92.1 cubic feet.
Next up is trunk space. With up to 15.1 cubic feet in the Sentra, drivers of the Civic will have to make due with just 12.5 cubic feet of trunk space for their additional cargo.
Even the infotainment system is drastically different in the 2015 Honda Civic. Featuring a touch-slide volume bar on models equipped with the optional touchscreen display, a simple task like turning down the music can feel difficult and awkward. The 2015 Nissan Sentra, on the other hand, offers simple and intuitive controls for completing a number of basic tasks.
Now That You’ve Compared the 2015 Nissan Sentra…
You’ve learned all about the 2015 Nissan Sentra and how it measures up to similar models. Now you’re ready to get behind the wheel and explore all of the features and specifications that you read about above.
If you live in the Philadelphia, Lansdale, or Doylestown area, you can schedule a test drive of the 2015 Nissan Sentra by contacting us at Montgomeryville Nissan. We’ll help you discover all of the new technologies of the Nissan Sentra and how performance or appearance packages can help customize your drive experience.
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