2016 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2016 Nissan Sentra
Today’s compacts are as versatile and economical as ever, but they offer incredible functionality and features like you’ve never seen before. There are tons of options out there—so many that it might get completely overwhelming when searching for a compact sedan that fits your needs and budget. To alleviate some of the stress, we’ve taken two of the top new compact sedans and compared them head to head on all of the details that matter most to drivers. See how the 2016 Chevy Cruze and the 2016 Nissan Sentra stack up on several different dimensions.
Safety and Warranty
Feeling secure is a top priority for many drivers. There are two ways that drivers can feel peace of mind—through a solid warranty and top safety features. The Cruze excels on both counts. The Cruze’s corrosion warranty surpasses the Sentra’s by one year. The Cruze also features paid scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 24,000 miles—an amenity that the Sentra does not offer.
While both the Sentra and the Cruze offer an array of standard modern safety features, the Cruze has the edge on desirable safety extras. The Cruze and Sentra both have full airbag systems, height adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners, antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, and available safety tech, like collision and blind spot warning, rear parking sensors, and more. The Cruze adds on key features that the Sentra doesn’t offer, like daytime running lights, rear height-adjustable seatbelts, available Lane Departure Warning system, and standard OnStar connectivity.
What’s the point of purchasing a new car if it doesn’t hold up in terms of reliability? There really isn’t one. Thankfully, both the Sentra and the Cruze offer excellent reliability, but the Cruze really does have the edge in several aspects. The Cruze offers an innovative “limp home system” standard on each model—a system that the Sentra doesn’t offer. This system will reduce power if there is a loss of coolant, so that you can still get to help or home without being stranded. The Cruze also has a 20-amp more powerful alternator.
The experts agree that the Cruze is more reliable than the Sentra. The Cruze outclassed the Sentra on J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study as well as the 2015 survey of three-year ownership.
Power and Efficiency
One of the top reasons that drivers choose compact vehicles is the outstanding fuel economy, but a little extra power doesn’t hurt either. The Cruze has a more powerful engine than the Sentra’s. The Cruze’s 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder engine delivers 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, compared to the Sentra’s 1.8L DOHC 4-cylinder engine that only delivers 130 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque.
The Cruze offers an innovative Start/Stop system that allows you to save fuel and reduce noxious fumes in stop and go traffic situations. The Sentra does not have a feature like this.
Wheels, Brakes, Suspension, and Handling
The advantages that the Cruze offers starts with where the rubber meets the road. The Cruze starts with larger, lower optional tires than the upgraded Sentra tires, which offers better traction and handling. The Cruze also offers four-wheel antilock disk brakes standard, which outperform the Sentra’s rear drum brakes. Anti-lock brakes, like the ones the Cruze offers, outclass drum brakes with optimized stopping power, as well as better directional control in bad weather driving situations and resistance to overheating and unresponsive stopping. The Cruze also has a wider track overall than the Sentra, which helps optimize the Cruze’s handling and stability.
There are plenty of components that go into making a car great, but perhaps the most important feature for everyday is the overall design of your car. If it’s not ergonomic, then you’ll likely get frustrated quickly. In terms of design, the Cruze simply offers more. Check out just a few of the ergonomic design advantages that the Cruze offers that the Sentra does not:
- Available remote start system—a must for chilly mornings.
- Power windows equipped with child locks that don’t lock out the driver.
- One-touch power window functionality on all windows, not just the driver’s window.
- Available automatic dimming high beams that can detect if a vehicle is approaching using high-tech sensitive light sensors.
- Easy access to power mirror controls—they are on the Cruze’s door, instead of on the dash and behind the steering wheel, like in the Sentra.
- Available heated rear seats for equal opportunity coziness for all passengers.
- Comfort-minded and extra luxurious available heated steering wheel.
- The upgraded Cruse model offers a 115-volt a/c outlet that works just like a power outlet at home. You can plug in your laptop, tech accessories, or even small household appliances.
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