Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Sentra VS 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Near San Antonio, TX

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2017 Nissan Sentra

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2016 Chevrolet Cruze

Safety Comparison

The Sentra SR/SL offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Cruze Limited doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Both the Sentra and the Cruze Limited have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Cruze Limited:



Cruze Limited

Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

11 cm

Chest Evaluation



Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

1/.1 kN

4.22/.44 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Tibia forces R/L

1.5/.5 kN

2.9/.9 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Chevrolet Cruze Limited:



Cruze Limited


Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

1 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

184 G’s

215 G’s


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars





Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

515 lbs.

857 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sentra its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2016, a rating granted to only 90 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cruze Limited is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

The Sentra’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Cruze Limited’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Sentra has a standard 470-amp battery. The Cruze Limited’s 438-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Sentra’s reliability will be 72% better than the Cruze Limited.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Sentra (130 HP engine) is faster than the Chevrolet Cruze Limited turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):



Cruze Limited

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

10 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.1 MPH

80.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sentra gets better fuel mileage than the Cruze Limited:




Cruze Limited



1.8 4 cyl. (130 HP)/6-spd. Manual

27 city/35 hwy

25 city/35 hwy

1.8 4 cyl./Manual


1.8 4 cyl. (124 HP)/CVT

29 city/37 hwy

22 city/34 hwy

1.8 4 cyl./Auto




26 city/36 hwy

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Sentra stops much shorter than the Cruze Limited:



Cruze Limited


60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Sentra S/SV’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cruze Limited L/LS/LT’s standard 60 series tires.

The Sentra SV/SR/SL has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Sentra has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Sentra flat and controlled during cornering. The Cruze Limited’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Sentra has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Sentra SL handles at .83 G’s, while the Cruze Limited pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sentra SL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Cruze Limited (28.1 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sentra’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Cruze Limited’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.7 feet). The Sentra’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Cruze Limited LTZ’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Sentra SL is quieter than the Cruze Limited LTZ:



Cruze Limited

At idle

37 dB

41 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Sentra is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Cruze Limited is rated a Compact.

The Sentra has .1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom and 2 inches more rear legroom than the Cruze Limited.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Sentra easier. The Sentra’s trunk lift-over height is 27.1 inches, while the Cruze Limited’s liftover is 28.6 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sentra’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Cruze Limited’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Intelligent Key standard on the Sentra SV/SR/SL allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Cruze Limited’s available Keyless Access doesn’t unlock the trunk.

The Sentra has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Sentra has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Cruze Limited L/LS/ECO Manual doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Sentra SL’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sentra SR/SL offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

With optional voice command, the Sentra SV/SR/SL offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Sentra will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Sentra will retain 50.53% to 51.54% of its original price after five years, while the Cruze Limited only retains 46.59% to 49.38%.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Sentra outsold the Chevrolet Cruze by 17% during the 2016 model year.

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