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Compare the2022 Nissan SentraVS 2022 Subaru Impreza

2022 Nissan Sentra
2022 Subaru Impreza

Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Sentra have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Subaru Impreza doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Nissan Sentra has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The Impreza doesn’t offer a front passenger side knee airbag.

The Sentra SR offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Impreza only offers a rear monitor.

The Sentra has a standard blind spot warning system which uses sensors to alert the driver to objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. A system to reveal vehicles in the Impreza’s blind spot costs extra.

To help make backing out of a parking space safer, the Sentra has a standard rear cross-path warning system, which uses sensors in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. Rear cross-path warning costs extra on the Impreza and isn't available on the not available.

Both the Sentra and the Impreza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available daytime running lights.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Subaru Impreza:

Sentra

Impreza

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

29%

39%

Leg Forces (l/r)

330/261 lbs.

237/379 lbs.

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

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 Subaru Impreza:

Sentra

Impreza

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

162

165

Abdominal Force

196 G’s

293 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

160

363

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

79 G’s

Hip Force

444 lbs.

715 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

13 inches

HIC

160

201

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

49 G’s

Hip Force

660 lbs.

824 lbs.

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

Warranty

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There are over 69 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sentra’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Sentra has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Impreza’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sentra second among compact cars in their 2021 Initial Quality Study. The Impreza isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2021 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Sentra is faster than the Subaru Impreza (automatics tested):

Sentra

Impreza

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.8 MPH

83 MPH

Transmission

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The Nissan Sentra comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Impreza.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Sentra stops much shorter than the Impreza:

Sentra

Impreza

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Sentra 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 Impreza doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sentra’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Impreza (106.6 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sentra is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Impreza.

The Sentra SR handles at .89 G’s, while the Impreza 2.0i Premium Sedan pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sentra SR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Impreza 2.0i Premium Sedan (27 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Cargo Capacity

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The Sentra has a much larger trunk than the Impreza Sedan (14.3 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Sentra’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Impreza’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Sentra has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Impreza has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Premium/Sport/Limited.

On extremely cold winter days, the Sentra SV/SR’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Impreza doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Sentra (except S)’s optional 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 Impreza doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sentra is less expensive to operate than the Impreza because it costs $309 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sentra than the Impreza, including $53 less for a water pump, $212 less for a starter and $214 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Sentra and the Subaru Impreza, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Sentra outsold the Subaru Impreza by almost four to one during the 2021 model year.

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