Car Connection Comparo: Nissan Sentra SE-R vs Honda Civic Si

Nissan Sentra SE-R Goes R/C Drifting For Canadian commercial

Nissan Sentra SE-R Goes R/C Drifting For Canadian commercial

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These two models are considered staples in the sports compact world. Before Subaru came with the WRX, front wheel drive sedans like the Honda Civic Si and the Nissan Sentra SE-R were popular among people who were looking for a practical and fun daily-driver.

While the cars disappeared for a while, they’re back to battle it out once again with their 2010 models. The Car Connection reviews help consumers by taking other reviews from across the web and combine them into one source.

The Civic wins in overall looks and design with a score of 8 out of 10. Marty Padgett writes that despite it going four years without a major redesign and odd two-tier dashboard, it doesn’t look dated and the interior gets more praise than criticism. The Sentra trails by getting a 7 for styling. The SE-R gets nods for getting understated yet sporty exterior pieces, but the interior seems to be more clunky, outdated than what the Honda offers.

The Si wins again in the Performance comparison. With an 8 out of 10 here as well, the car gets praises for its great handling, smooth high-revving engine and slick six-speed gearbox from almost every review. The SE-R also repeats its last score, though there is no denying that the car does straight-line performance well, its weight doesn’t help match the Honda’s cornering abilities.

For quality, Honda gets it again, unsurprisingly, getting a 9 out of 10 in the category. Marty writes

Side Exterior View - 2007 Honda Civic Si 4-door Sedan Manual w/ST

Side Exterior View - 2007 Honda Civic Si 4-door Sedan Manual w/ST

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that the car is,” …well built, with more refinement and isolation than you might find in a small car of its price, but backseat space is problematic.” The Nissan gets an 8 out of 10, while there is nothing too horrible about the build quality, most opinions point to the cheap, hard material that the Sentra uses in the interior.

The Honda Civic Si gets another win with 9 out of 10 for safety. The car gets mostly five star ratings from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. The Nissan Sentra gets 8 out of 10 here, but gets the Good IIHS rating and similar four- and five-star ratings from the NHTSA as the Civic. Honestly the car should get a 9 as well, because only the base model doesn’t get the ABS, which is standard on the SE-R Spec V.

Feature scoring is the same, the Civic gets a 9 while the Sentra gets an 8. While the Honda and Nissan have pretty much the same standard features, the Civic has better options available like Bluetooth.

While it might be a walk for the Civic Si, the Sentra SE-R Spec V throws a curve-ball with its price. The base price of the Sentra SE-R starts at $20,080, while the Civic Si Sedan is $22,255 when no options are ticked. Fully loaded, the SE-R will come in at $22,820, option up on the Civic and it will run over $30,000.

The 2010 Civic Si seems to beat out the Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V, but the Nissan seems to be the car for people on a budget and don’t mind hard plastic and the Civic is for buyers with the available funds. No performance enthusiast will be disappointed with their buys and both should offer the fun-to-drive spirit like their predecessors.

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