2018 Nissan Sentra vs 2018 Ford Focus

2018 Nissan Sentra vs 2018 Ford Focus

The automotive landscape is always changing, but there’s one thing that remains the same: the need for reliable commuter cars. It’s true that the active lifestyles of many American families has caused an influx of options in the SUV and crossover world, but with the average worker traveling 25 miles each way to work, fuel economy is a top concern. You want something inexpensive, easy to maintain and highly efficient. All while keeping in mind that you need enough power to comfortably reach highway speeds. Naturally, you’ve narrowed down your comparison to the 2018 Nissan Sentra vs 2018 Ford Focus.

When it comes to brand loyalty, Ford has the upper hand simply because of its American heritage. Then again, it also has a long history of lackluster dependability, which may leave a sour taste in the mouth of previous owners. Shedding preconceptions of the past, you want to know the actual specs, features and performance of each model so you can choose based on practical reasons, rather than your heart or gut. So, which model is truly better?

2018 Nissan Sentra


2018 Ford Focus

$16,990 MSRP $17,860
130hp 1.8-liter 4-cylinder Engine 160hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
6-speed manual/Xtronic CVT Transmission 5-speed manual/6-speed automatic
95.9 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 90 cu. ft.

Features of the 2018 Nissan Sentra

You might find it misleading when you research the 2018 Ford Focus to see such a low starting MSRP. Ford likes to market the hatchback trims first and foremost, but the starting price is for the sedan. In fact, the base trim, S, isn’t offered in a hatch configuration at all. The 2018 Nissan Sentra does not come in the form of a hatchback, so for comparison purposes we’re looking solely at your sedan options.

One thing you’ll notice is that the Ford Focus does start you off with a more potent engine, but this is also at the sake of fuel economy. The Nissan Sentra does offer the SR Turbo and Nismo trims for those who are looking for a performance-focused option. One thing that shouldn’t be overlooked are your available transmissions, as the Ford Focus makes use of an outdated 5-speed manual as a base option.

Another thing to consider is overall interior space. Though Ford frequently hints at roominess by pushing its hatchback options, the passenger volume of 90 cubic feet is low for the segment. Likewise, the 13.2 cubic foot trunk doesn’t impress, especially when the Sentra provides an expansive 15.2 cubic foot trunk.

What about standard features? Both models offer power windows and locks, automatic headlights, air conditioning and remote keyless entry. Unfortunately for Ford shoppers, that’s where the similarities end. The 2018 Nissan Sentra also has a 5-inch color screen, rearview camera, Automatic Emergency Braking, Bluetooth and cruise control. All while offering a lower starting price.

Think the 2018 Nissan Sentra might be the better choice? Stop by Glendale Nissan for a test drive.

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