Nissan alone the new 2020 Sentra at the L.A. Auto Show this week, and with its aboriginal above redesign back 2013 it came attractive accessible to do action with the baton in the bunched segment, the Honda Civic. The accepted Borough has been a MotorTrend admired back its barrage in 2015, and we’ve accepted it for its accomplished active dynamics, ample interior, and active 1.5 liter turbo engine. The new Sentra counters with a abounding apartment of assurance tech included as standard, a new engine, and handsome acceptable looks.
We won’t apperceive annihilation about the way the Sentra drives until a little after this year, so active comparisons with the Borough will accept to wait. Luckily, Honda and Nissan brought assorted examples of the Borough and Sentra to the L.A. Auto Show this year, so we can still appraise the two compacts based on specs and what we can see, and so far there’s a lot to like about the new Sentra.
Comparing the two cars’ looks will artlessly appear bottomward to preference, but both are now handsome offerings. The Sentra can be optioned with a atramentous roof to adverse either its orange or white exoteric colors, while the Borough is hardly added restrained, alike in its sportiest trim. Both cars appear with LED headlights as an advantage on college trim levels.
Interior Design and Quality
The berth in the new Sentra feels abundant added complete than the one in the Civic. Where the borough gauges and barometer array are angular and somewhat toy-like, the barometer array in the Sentra is classic. An analog tachometer and speedometer are breach by a color, multi-function display. The Civic’s gauges are angular, and somewhat harder to apprehend than the Sentra’s, and the centermost animate of the Borough rises college than the new Sentra’s, giving a abundant added cocooned feel inside. The council caster in the Sentra is added sporty, too. With a collapsed basal and thinner spokes, it feels like a higher-quality account back compared to the Honda’s wheel.
So too does the blow of the berth in the Sentra. The infotainment display—pilfered from the midsize Altima—sits aerial up on the dash, abrogation amplitude for three annular vents on the centermost of the birr and concrete altitude controls underneath. Both cars get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, but the Sentra comes with a cardinal of assurance appearance like dark atom monitoring, rear cantankerous cartage alert, lane abandonment warning, automated aerial beams, and automated advanced and rear braking with banal detection. The Borough counters by accepting adaptive cruise ascendancy as standard, but misses out on appearance like dark atom ecology and cantankerous cartage alert, which are accessible on college trim levels.
After spending time in the Sentra’s decidedly adequate checky covering seats (something you can’t get in the Civic), the infotainment arrangement accepted to be abrupt and accessible to get the adhere of appropriate away. Overall, it’s a anarchy back compared to the antecedent car, abacus appearance and actuality and authoritative a abundant aboriginal impression.
Drivetrain and Chassis
The new Sentra rides on a aboriginal platform, but will accept aloof one agent advantage at launch. Powering the new Nissan is a artlessly aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 149 application and 145 lb-ft of twist. The Honda, on the added hand, comes with either a 2.0-liter in the LX and Sport trims, or a turbocharged 1.5-cylinder in the EX, EX-L, and Touring trims. Compared to the Sentra’s inline-four, the accepted agent in the Borough has 9 added horsepower, but 7 beneath lb-ft of torque. The turbo 1.5, on the added hand, makes a advantageous 175 hp and 162 lb-ft.
With the accession of an absolute rear end for the aboriginal time back the Sentra of the ’90s, both compacts now accept an absolute rear abeyance setup, which should accomplish the Sentra added antic on the road. Does that, accompanying with the new chassis, beggarly it’ll bout the Borough in agreement of action and engagement? We’ll acquisition out soon. Stay acquainted for the abounding drive review!