2017 Honda Civic vs. 2017 Nissan Sentra

2017 Honda Civic Sedan side view blue exterior model

2017 Honda Civic

2017 Nissan Sentra dark blue exterior model

2017 Nissan Sentra

The 2017 Honda Civic available in a variety of trims, is one of the main competitors in the midsize sedan segment. Drivers look to the Civic for its performance and safety features as well as its interior amenities. But how do you know if its right for you? We’ve compared some of its key features to that of another midsize model, the 2017 Nissan Sentra. While the Sentra has strengths of its own, it may not match your lifestyle needs and preferences. Explore how these models fare when placed side by side, and then head from Warner Robins or Macon to Butler Honda in Milledgeville to take the 2017 Honda Civic for a spin.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Capable performance is a must in a midsize sedan, and the 2017 Honda Civic is equipped with plenty of performance highlights. Its 2.0L inline-four engine makes a balanced 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. Compare those figures to the 2017 Nissan Sentra’s 1.8L inline-four, which produces a mere 130 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. In terms of fuel economy, LX & EX CVT Automatic models of the Civic get an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway*, while the Nissan sedan only manages 29 mpg and 37 mpg with a similar setup.


Chances are, if you’re shopping in the midsize sedan segment, safety is a top priority. The 2017 Civic scored full marks in crash tests with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), earning five stars in evaluations like front-crash protection and side-crash protection to earn five stars overall.** Meanwhile, the 2017 Sentra received just four stars for front-impact protection, as well as a four-star overall rating from the NHTSA.


From features to space, the Civic solidifies its case as a strong contender in the midsize sedan segment. It comes standard with equipment like automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and floor mats. On the Sentra, those features are either unavailable or offered only as a cost-added option in the case of the floor mats.

Otherwise, passengers are sure to be more comfortable within the Civic’s cabin, as it boasts a passenger volume measuring 97.8 cubic feet. The Nissan Sentra’s 95.9-cubic-foot cabin doesn’t measure up. The difference there might seem slight, but passengers will be grateful for that extra space.

Finance the 2017 Honda Civic at Butler Honda

Now that you understand what makes the 2017 Honda Civic a solid contender in the midsize sedan, you need to get behind the wheel to truly comprehend its excellence. You can do so close to Eatonton at Butler Honda, conveniently located at 2631 N Columbia Street in Milledgeville, GA. Feel free to give us a call before your visit if you have any questions!

*28 city / 40 highway/ 32 combined mpg rating for LX model with 6-speed manual transmission. 31 city / 40 highway / 34 combined mpg rating for LX & EX CVT Automatic models. 31 city / 42 highway / 35 combined mpg rating for EX-T model with 6-speed manual transmission. 32 city / 42 highway / 36 combined mpg rating for EX-T, EX-L and Touring CVT Automatic models. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

**Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).