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Vehicle Comparisons:
2017 Nissan Sentra vs. 2017 Ford Focus

When driving around the Lansdale, Doylestown, or Philadelphia areas, qualities like efficiency and safety are always going to be a major priority. The 2017 Nissan Sentra and 2017 Ford Focus both offer these things, but which manages to do so in excess?

In this comparison, our team at Montgomeryville Nissan examines both sedans to determine which can give you most bang for your buck.

Sentra vs Focus: Performance Specs

If you’re driving to and from the city on a regular basis, then you’re going to need a sedan that maintains excellent mileage. Otherwise, you’ll be losing tons of money on gas every month.

The 2017 Nissan Sentra comes standard with a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine. Adding in features like the available Xtronic® continuously variable transmission and the continuously variable valve timing control system, the Sentra can easily maintain 37 MPG highway and 29 MPG city.1

The 2017 Ford Focus does have a slightly bigger 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. However, it downsizes when it comes to efficiency-boosting features. With its garden-variety 5-speed manual transmission, it can only maintain 34 MPG highway and 25 MPG city.

Interior Comfort

If you want to be comfortable in a vehicle, then the first thing you’re going to need is space. And in this respect, the Ford Focus may leave passengers feeling cramped. It only offers 90 cubic feet of passenger room total, as well as a 13.2 cubic foot trunk.

The Nissan Sentra, on the other hand, is pretty roomy for its class. In total, Sentra passengers have 95.9 cubic feet of space, as well as a bigger 15.1 cubic foot trunk.

Nevertheless, these two small sedans do have quite a bit in common when it comes to amenities. Cloth trim is standard in each vehicle, as well as a 6-way manually adjustable seat.

In terms of entertainment, each offers a 4-speaker audio system, voice recognition features, and USP ports and auxiliary jacks. However, the Sentra does add in one extra amenity with remote keyless entry.

2017 Nissan Sentra vs 2017 Ford Focus: Safety

If you’re wondering how these two vehicles stack up in terms of safety, the first place you may want to look is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

After enduring IIHS crash testing, the Nissan Sentra rolled away with a 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK. The Ford Focus, on the other hand, didn’t garner any such commendation.

It’s not hard to see why this is the case if you take a look at the structures of these two vehicles. The Ford Focus is made with some pretty rigid materials, but doesn’t come with any noticeable reinforcements.

The Nissan Sentra, however, comes with a Zone Body that features numerous fortifications including energy-absorbing front and rear crumple zones, hood buckling creases, and side-door guard beams.

Take a Test Drive at Montgomeryville Nissan

While both sedans offer some pretty great features, the 2017 Nissan Sentra clearly earns its accolades. The Ford Focus, unfortunately, may leave you wanting more.

If you are in the Doylestown, Lansdale, or Philadelphia areas and would like to take the 2017 Nissan Sentra for a spin, just contact Montgomeryville Nissan. Schedule your test drive today!


1 Fuel economy based on targeted 2017 EPA fuel economy estimates for 2017 Sentra®. EPA data not available at time of publication. Targeted 2017 fuel economy estimates:

• 27 city MPG / 35 hwy MPG / 30 combined MPG for 2017 Sentra S equipped with Manual Transmission

• 29 city MPG / 37 hwy MPG / 32 combined MPG for 2017 Sentra S, SV, SR, SL equipped with CVT Transmission

• 26 city MPG / 32 hwy MPG / 28 combined MPG for 2017 Sentra SR Turbo

• 25 city MPG / 31 hwy MPG / 27 combined MPG for NISMO® equipped with Manual Transmission

• 27 city MPG / 33 hwy MPG / 29 combined MPG for 2017 Sentra SR Turbo

• 25 city MPG / 30 hwy MPG / 27 combined MPG for NISMO equipped with CVT Transmission


Estimates based on Nissan internal testing results, subject to EPA confirmation. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.