2018 Nissan Sentra Vs. 2018 Mazda3

split screen image comparing the 2018 nissan sentra and 2018 mazda3

Compact cars aren’t the econoboxes they once were. These days, this segment gives you the ability to enjoy the technology and comfort features employed by flagship and mid-size sedans in a significantly more efficient and agile urban warrior. Compact cars are valued not only as first cars for drivers but as many drivers’ preferred vehicle – maintaining a comfortable interior, competent performance specs and industry-leading fuel economy numbers.

Recognized for its generous features list and surprising performance, the Nissan Sentra is a stand-out model in this class. Today, we’re seeing the Nissan Sentra go up against the dark horse model of the class - the Mazda3. Aiming to give drivers style and features, the Mazda3 is a model that is growing in popularity. Here’s how the two models compare:

2018 Nissan Sentra


2018 Mazda3

32 EPA-estimated MPG Combined MPG (automatic)* 29 EPA-estimated MPG
188 horsepower (SR Turbo) Maximum available horsepower 184 horsepower (Grand Touring)
42.5 inches / 37.4 inches Legroom (front / rear) 42.2 inches / 35.8 inches
39.4 inches Front-row headroom 38.6 inches
15.1 cubic feet Trunk space 12.4 cubic feet
$16,990 Starting MSRP $18,095

Nissan Sentra Advantages Vs. Mazda3

Comparing the two models in the above table and it becomes evident that the Mazda3 isn’t a bad choice. It’s just not the best choice. The 2018 Nissan Sentra enjoys several significant advantages over the Mazda3.

Beginning with its MSRP that sees Sentra drivers saving over $1,000 over Mazda3 drivers, the Sentra continues its conquest. Every trait or aspect for which drivers choose compact sedans is stronger and enhanced with the 2018 Nissan Sentra over the 2018 Mazda3 sedan.

Examples of these advantages include more available horsepower, higher fuel economy for its automatic transmission and more interior space for both passengers and cargo. Nissan also employs the smooth-shifting XTRONIC CVT in place of a standard automatic which means you won’t endure painful gear-hunting and jarring gear shifts in your Sentra.

At Covington Nissan, we have the 2018 Nissan Sentra! For more information on the Sentra or to schedule a test drive, contact us today

*2018 EPA fuel economy estimates for Sentra®: 27 city MPG / 35 hwy MPG / 30 combined MPG for 2018 Sentra S equipped with Manual Transmission 29 city MPG / 37 hwy MPG / 32 combined MPG for 2018 Sentra S, SV, SR, SL equipped with CVT Transmission 27 city MPG / 33 hwy MPG / 29 combined MPG for 2018 Sentra SR Turbo CVT 25 city MPG / 31 hwy MPG / 27 combined MPG for NISMO® equipped with Manual Transmission 25 city MPG / 30 hwy MPG / 27 combined MPG for NISMO equipped with CVT Transmission Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.