2020 Subaru Impreza vs Nissan Sentra Comparison in Olympia, WA

Of all the small sedans on the market, the Subaru Impreza is perhaps the best suited to life in the Pacific Northwest. From its standard all-wheel drive system to its impressive interior volume to its legendary longevity, the Subaru Impreza is the perfect compact family sedan. It's not without its competitors, like the venerable Nissan Sentra. On this page, we'll take a look at how these two sedans compare so that you can find out which one is the best choice for you and your family.

Subaru Impreza interior

2020 Subaru Impreza vs 2020 Nissan Sentra: Design & Space

When you look at the entry-level models of these vehicles, you'll notice many similarities. However, as you start to upgrade, Subaru offers more features at a lower price. Take fog lights, for example; they're standard on all but the entry-level Subaru Impreza, but only come in the top-of-the-line Nissan Sentra. And, while the 2020 Nissan Sentra is both a little longer and a little wider than the Subaru Impreza, the Impreza manages to be more spacious on the inside. In the 2020 Subaru Impreza, you'll have 99.8 cubic feet of passenger volume; the 2020 Nissan Sentra offers just 96 cubic feet.


Subaru Impreza interior

2020 Subaru Impreza vs 2020 Nissan Sentra: Interior Features

Once inside, you'll find that, once again, Subaru offers more at lower trim levels. All Subaru Impreza models except the entry-level trim have heated front seats; you'll have to upgrade several times to get the same in the Nissan Sentra. Both vehicles do come with touchscreens, and connectivity through Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ is standard in the Subaru Impreza. But you have to upgrade to the mid-level Nissan Sentra trim to get the same level of connectivity! In addition, the Subaru Impreza offers a STARLINK® Multimedia Plus system that comes with cloud-based apps like Yelp and Magellan® navigation; a system like this is lacking in the Nissan Sentra.

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Subaru Impreza driving quickly down a road

2020 Subaru Impreza vs 2020 Nissan Sentra: Performance

The power output of these cars' engines is similar, with the Subaru Impreza generating 152 horsepower and the Nissan Sentra putting out 149 horsepower. When they're both equipped with automatic transmission, these cars have the same curb weight; but, since the Subaru Impreza comes standard with a fully-synchronized 5-speed manual transmission, it's actually lighter at the entry level than the Nissan Sentra. What's more, the SUBARU BOXER® engine within the Impreza provides greatly improved handling that you have to experience to believe.


Subaru Impreza driving down a wet road

2020 Subaru Impreza vs 2020 Nissan Sentra: Safety

In the Pacific Northwest, wet roads are simply a fact of life. The more traction you can get on these streets, the better--and the Subaru Impreza is perfectly designed to help. It comes standard with the same Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that makes Subaru SUVs such great off-road vehicles, so you'll get remarkable traction. The Nissan Sentra, on the other hand, is front-wheel drive only. But that's not the only advantage Subaru has. Features like LED Steering Responsive Headlights are available, which provide exceptional visibility when you take corners in the dark. You'll even have the opportunity to add available Adaptive Cruise Control to the Subaru Impreza, even at the entry level. This driver assistance feature isn't available on the base Nissan Sentra model.

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2020 Subaru Impreza vs 2020 Nissan Sentra: Value

Despite offering so much, the Subaru Impreza still costs less than the Nissan Sentra! Add in the roomier interior and the extra safety you'll get from the standard all-wheel drive and it becomes clear that Subaru is the best choice for your family in the Pacific Northwest. We invite you to come take one for a spin and experience the Impreza for yourself.

2020 Subaru Impreza2020 Nissan Sentra
$18,695Starting MSRP*$19,090
152Horsepower149
145 lb.-ft.Torque146 lb.-ft.
28 City / 36 City (MPG)Gas Mileage w/ Automatic Transmission29 City / 39 Highway (MPG)
StandardAll-Wheel DriveNot Available
99.8 cu. ft.Passenger Volume96 cu. ft.
12.3 cu. ft.Trunk Volume14.3 cu. ft.
2,976 lbs.Base Curb Weight3,047 lbs.
AvailableLED Steering Responsive HeadlightsNot Available
Available4G LTE Wi-Fi ConnectivityNot Available

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.