Compare Nissan Sentra vs. Honda Fit vs. Ford Focus

Compare the Nissan Sentra against the Honda Fit and Ford Focus. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Sentra, Fit and Focus stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Sentra, Fit and Focus. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2012 Nissan Sentra 2012 Honda Fit 2012 Ford Focus
2012 Nissan Sentra 2012 Honda Fit 2012 Ford Focus
4dr Sdn I4 Manual 2.0
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Manual 2.0
  • 4dr Sdn I4 CVT 2.0
  • 4dr Sdn I4 CVT 2.0 S
  • 4dr Sdn I4 CVT 2.0 SR
  • 4dr Sdn I4 CVT 2.0 SL
  • 4dr Sdn I4 CVT SE-R *Late Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Manual SE-R Spec V *Late Avail*
5dr HB Man
  • 5dr HB Man
  • 5dr HB Auto
  • 5dr HB Man Sport
  • 5dr HB Auto Sport
  • 5dr HB Auto Sport w/Navi
4dr Sdn S
  • 4dr Sdn S
  • 4dr Sdn SE
  • 5dr HB SE
  • 4dr Sdn SEL
  • 5dr HB SEL
  • 4dr Sdn Titanium
  • 5dr HB Titanium


MSRP $16,430 $15,325 $16,500
Invoice $15,759 $14,926 $15,635
Avg. Paid $10,368 $11,382 $9,433

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.4 8.9 8.0
Critics' Rating 6.7 9.6 9.4
Performance 6.8 8.3 8.4
Interior 7.8 8.9 7.7
Cost to Own 9.5 9.4 9.4
Safety 7.6 9.0 9.3
Reliability 3.0 4.0 2.0

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious interior
  • Excellent outward visibility
  • Large/versatile cargo space
  • Great gas mileage
  • Fun to drive
  • Superb handling
  • Attractive, high-quality interior
  • Great fuel economy
  • Unrefined transmission choices
  • Ride can be harsh
  • Complicated infotainment system

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas I4 1.5L/91 Gas I4 2.0L/121
MPG 24 City / 31 Hwy 27 City / 33 Hwy 26 City / 36 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Sedan 5 Door Hatchback 4 Door Sedan


Wheelbase(in) 105.7 98.4 104.3
Length, Overall (in) 179.8 161.6 178.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.5 66.7 71.8
Height, Overall (in) 59.5 60.0 57.7
Step Up Height - Front (in)
Step Up Height - Side (in)

Doors & Windows

Third Passenger Door
Power Third Passenger Door
Fourth Passenger Door
Power Fourth Passenger Door
Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass
Sliding Rear Window
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Bed Liner
Pickup Bed Tonneau Cover
Stepside Pickup Box
Convertible Hardtop
Convertible Soft Top
Dual Moonroof
Sun/Moon Roof
Panoramic Roof
Fixed Sunroof
Manual Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
Sunroof Sunshield
Sunroof Wind Deflector
Targa Roof
Running Boards
Power Retractable Running Boards
Rear Spoiler


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2906 2496 2857

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front All-Terrain
Tires - Front Highway
Tires - Front On/Off Road
Tires - Front Performance
Tires - Front Touring
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Terrain
Tires - Rear Highway
Tires - Rear On/Off Road
Tires - Rear Performance
Tires - Rear Touring
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional
Chrome Wheels
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard
Wire Wheel Covers


Trailer Hitch Receiver
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera
Cruise Control Standard
Heads-Up Display
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights
Interior Cargo Shade
Keyless Start
Luggage Rack
Rear Parking Aid
Power Liftgate
Front Reading Lamps
Rear Reading Lamps
Rear Seat Heat Ducts
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional
Navigation from Telematics
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional
Rear Floor Mats
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror
Heated Mirrors
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror
Mirror Memory
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors
Power Passenger Mirror
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
All Wheel Steering
Manual Steering
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 97.4 90.8 90.7
Front Head Room (in) 40.6 40.4 38.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.3 41.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 52.7 55.6
Front Hip Room (in) 54.1 51.5 53.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 39.0 38.0
Second Leg Room (in) 34.5 34.5 43.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 51.3 53.7
Second Hip Room (in) 53.0 51.3 52.7
Third Leg Room (in)
Fourth Leg Room (in)
Fifth Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 57.3
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 13.1 13.2
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls
Satellite Radio
Premium Sound System
Entertainment System
Hard Disk Drive

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control
Dual Zone A/C
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
Cell Phone
Cell Phone Hookup


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats
Premium Synthetic Seats
Vinyl Seats
Additional Rear Seat
Cooled Driver Seat
Cooled Passenger Seat
Cooled Rear Seat
Heated Driver Seat
Heated Passenger Seat
Heated Rear Seat
Driver Lumbar
Passenger Lumbar
Seat Memory
Power Driver Seat
Power Passenger Seat
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Fixed Bench Seat
Split Bench Seat
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Air Bag
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
Night Vision
Adjustable Pedals
Rollover Protection System
Front Tow Hooks
Rear Tow Hooks
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor
Auto-Leveling Headlights
Lane Departure Warning


Engine & Performance

Locking Front Differential
Locking Rear Differential
Four Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive
Dual Rear Wheels
10 Cylinder Engine
12 Cylinder Engine
3 Cylinder Engine
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine
Flat 6 Cylinder Engine
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine
V6 Cylinder Engine
8 Cylinder Engine
Electric Motor
High Output
Rotary engine
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.5L/91 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 140 @ 5100 117 @ 6600 160 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 147 @ 4800 106 @ 4800 146 @ 4450
Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Turning diameter 35.4 34.4 36.0


Gasoline/Natural Gas Bi-Fuel
Gasoline/Propane Bi-Fuel
Diesel Fuel
Electric Fuel System
Flex Fuel/Electric Hybrid
Flexible Fuel Capability Standard
Hybrid Fuel
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Optional
Natural Gas Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Flex Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Gas
Propane Fuel
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 33 36
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 10.6 12.4


Active Suspension System
Air Suspension
Side Stance / Highrider Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut Macpherson strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Torsion beam SLA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Front
Suspension Type - Rear


Automatic Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode
1-Speed Automatic
3-Speed Automatic
4-Speed Automatic
5-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Automatic Optional
7-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Trans
Manual Standard Standard Standard
Manual Transmission w/Auto Mode
10-Speed Manual
4-Speed Manual
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard
7-Speed Manual
8-Speed Manual
9-Speed Manual
Transmission Overdrive Switch

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.