2018 Nissan Sentra Sedan
2018 Subaru Impreza Sedan
  Nissan Sentra
 Subaru Impreza
 Starting MSRP
$18,960 (CVT)
$18,495 (CVT)
 City/HWY Fuel Economy
 All-Wheel Drive
Not Available
 Passenger Space (cu. ft.)
* CVT = Continuously Variable Transmission

Considering the two models both offer 33mpg combined, and the Impreza is the only vehicle to offer AWD, it is clear that the Impreza offers the advantage.

2018 Subaru Impreza vs 2018 Nissan Sentra

Comparison shopping is an important part of the new-car buying process, and it makes sense. You want to make sure that the vehicle you're buying - which could likely wind up being your second-most-expensive asset - won't depreciate too much over time, will be dependable, efficient, safe, and feature-packed. To make your buying experience a little easier, allow us here at Mark Miller Subaru Midtown to fill you in on some of the ways the new Subaru Impreza compares with the new Nissan Sentra.

Subaru Impreza Hatchback


The Subaru Impreza and Nissan Sentra both feature four-cylinder engines, but that's about where the similarities in terms of performance between these two cars end. That's because the standard engine on the Sentra makes 124- horsepower, vs. the engine in the Impreza, which makes 152 horsepower. The Subaru also has the upper-hand where torque is concerned; the Sentra makes 125 pound-feet @ 3600 RPM versus the Impreza, which puts out 145 pound-feet at 4000 RPM.

Another area the Impreza performs much better in is inclement-weather-driving. That's thanks to symmetrical all-wheel-drive - standard on every Impreza. In fact, the Subaru Impreza is one of the only compact cars to offer this practical feature!


Subaru symmetrical-all-wheel-drive may well keep you and your family safe when the weather gets bad. That is, however, not the only thing about the Impreza that will keep you safe. A suite of standard airbags also helps you and your passengers stay safe in the event of a collision. What's more, the Impreza comes with safety features the Sentra does not - like daytime running lamps. Option up your Impreza (or Sentra, for that matter) enough, and you'll enjoy the peace-of-mind that comes with driver-assist features like lane keep assist, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Subaru Impreza Sedan


The Nissan Sentra does not come with a touch screen infotainment system standard, while the Subaru Impreza does. The Impreza has a standard StarLink system boasting a large 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth audio streaming, as well as Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone integration. While the Sentra does include a USB port and Bluetooth for phone calls, it's standard infotainment tech just can't compete with that of the Subaru Impreza.

Subaru Impreza Hatchback in Snow


The Nissan Sentra offers a comfortable cabin and 15 cubic feet of cargo space, in contrast to the Impreza, which has 12 cubic feet of cargo space. That being said, only the Impreza is available in hatchback trim. Choose the Impreza hatchback and you'll enjoy about 21 cubic feet of cargo space (or 55 with the rear seats folded flat). What's perhaps even more notable, though, is the interior volume of the Impreza. At 99.8 cubic feet, the Impreza is significantly roomier than the Sentra, which only offers 95.9 cubic feet of volume.

What this translates into is more overall front head room, leg room, shoulder room - and more - than the Sentra. The Impreza also has the Sentra beat in every rear interior space category as well except rear seat legroom, for which the Sentra beats the Impreza by an inch. Still, given the overall quality and quality of space inside the Impreza, we think the Impreza bests the Sentra regarding overall interior accommodations.


Starting at $18,960, the Nissan Sentra is almost $500 more than the Subaru Impreza. So when you consider how much more car you're getting with the Impreza - in terms of interior space, standard all-wheel-drive, standard infotainment that can't be beat - and more - we think the Impreza is, undoubtedly, worth it.

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If you're curious about the new Subaru Impreza and would like to take it for a test drive, contact us online here at Mark Miller Subaru Midtown. Or, simply visit our 3535 S State St Salt Lake City, UT location yourself. We can't wait to help you into your next new Subaru!