Comparison: 2018 Nissan Sentra vs 2018 Chevrolet Cruze

Drivers in Charlottesville who are shopping for a modern compact sedan that’s well-equipped and comes with the option for a turbocharged engine have some options at hand, but not all will fit the bill.

In our one-to-one comparison, we’ll break down the differences between the 2018 Nissan Sentra and the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze, two of Virginia’s best-selling compact sedans.

We hope this helps you decide, but if you need more information, we’d love to see you at our convenient Charlottesville location so you can experience the Sentra first-hand.

Comfort and Convenience

Nissan Sentra

The 2018 Sentra has six trims: S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, SL, and Nismo. The Sentra S is the perfect car for students and young drivers, equipped with Intelligent Auto Headlights, Siri Eyes Free, hands-free text assistant, Bluetooth wireless tech, a RearView monitor, 5-inch audio display, and the option for Automatic Emergency Braking.

The Sentra SV is available with dual power heated outside mirrors, Nissan Navigation System with a 5.8-inch screen, NissanConnect mobile apps, Nissan Voice Recognition, Sirius XM Radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats. Upper trims come available with leather-appointed seating, power sliding moonroof, dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, HomeLink universal transceiver, and a Bose Premium Audio System.

Chevrolet Cruze

The Cruze does not come with the option for dual-zone climate control, Siri Eyes Free, a hands-free text assistant, or automatic emergency braking. Plus, many features available or standard on the Sentra SR can only be found on upper trims of the Cruze. Such features include intelligent headlights (high beams only), heated exterior mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, and Sirius XM Radio.

The 2018 Cruze comes with Chevrolet MyLink Radio infotainment, Teen Driver Technology, single-zone climate control, a rear vision camera, and OnStar Guidance Plan. Upper trims come with the option for Bose audio, wireless device charging, leather-appointed seating, and a remote starter system.


Nissan Sentra

The Sentra comes with two engine options. The base is a 1.8-liter inline-4 with a 6-speed manual transmission that makes 130 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. With a continuously variable automatic transmission, the engine produces 124 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. You can also opt for a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 6-speed manual or CVT that churns out 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.

Chevrolet Cruze

The 2018 Cruze comes with two engine options. The base is a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, while buyers can also upgrade to a 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel inline-4 that makes 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. The base comes with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, while the diesel engine adds the option for a 9-speed automatic.


Nissan Sentra

Starting at $16,990 MSRP

Chevrolet Cruze

Starting at $16,975 MSRP

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