The New Year is a great time to buy a new car. If you’re in the market for a versatile family vehicle, the 2014 Nissan Sentra and the gas-powered Honda Fit are both great choices and are overall very similar. They do, however, have some differences. Here’s what you need to know.
The Nissan Sentra and the Honda Fit have similar but not identical mechanical features. The Sentra features a 1.8 L 4 cylinder engine, while the Fit has a 1.5 L 4 cylinder engine. Both are front wheel drive. The Sentra has a 13.2 gallon fuel tank, while the Fit has a 10.6 gallon tank. The major differences are in fuel economy; while the Sentra’s fuel economy is 30 city / 29 highway, the Fit gets 27 city and 33 highway. The Sentra also has more horsepower (130 at 6000 rpm vs. the Fit’s 117 at 6600 rpm). Both vehicles are available with manual and automatic transmission systems.
The Sentra and the Fit vary in what interior features (luxuries/creature comforts) they offer. Both have cloth seats, air conditioning, radio and CD player. MP3 player comparability is an optional feature of the Sentra and standard on the Fit, while satellite radio is optional in the Sentra and optional in the Fit. The Sentra does have a few features the Fit does not. For example, the Sentra offers optional keyless ignition and optional heated and cooled seats. The Sentra has optional satellite radio (making it a good choice for those who spend a lot of time on the road).
Ever since the gas crisis of a few years ago, fuel economy has been a major concern to today’s consumer. In that regard, the Sentra is a better choice (though not by much). The Sentra gets 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway, while the Fit averages 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. The Sentra also has a larger tank, at 13.2 gallons, vs the Fit’s 10.6. It is worth noting, however, that the Fit also comes in an electric version (available in the 2014 models).
Both Nissan and Honda are known for reliability, so there isn’t much to worry about when it comes to breakdowns, especially with new cars that haven’t yet undergone the wear and tear of regular use. To ease the mind of the conscientious customer, both vehicles offer the same warranty coverage. Their basic warranty is three years and 36,000 miles, while each is covered by a drive-train warranty of 5 years and 60,000 miles. Additional protection may be available; ask your local dealership for details.
Color isn’t the most important option when it comes to buying a car, but a color you like can certainly enhance your enjoyment of the vehicle. The Sentra comes in neutrals (black, charcoal, white, silver, and gray) as well as brick red. The Fit offers these colors as well as two shades of blue: blue raspberry metallic (a light blue) and vortex blue pearl (a dark blue). Though the Fit only comes with one interior color (charcoal), the Sentra offers charcoal or gray marble.
Both the Sentra and the Fit offer exceptional value as an everyday or family transport vehicle. They have similar engines, similar features, similar fuel economy, and identical warranty coverage. The Sentra comes with slightly more luxury and a few more options, however, and may be the best choice for someone who wants a little more out of their car (or who spends a lot of time in it).
You can see the Nissan Sentra in NJ at Cherry Hill Nissan. Our staff will is on hand to answer any questions you may have or get you behind the wheel for a test drive today.