Getting behind the wheel of a compact sedan can certainly add a lot to your experiences of city driving or even navigating the open roads in the more rural areas. If you're considering your options and you're torn between the 2018 Ford Focus and 2018 Nissan Sentra, you've got some tough choices to make.

At Richmond Ford West, we're here to help drivers in Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump get a better sense of these models, so they can decide for themselves in the following Ford Focus vs. Nissan Sentra comparison.

Ford Focus vs Nissan Sentra Engine Specs & Options

Both the 2018 Focus and 2018 Nissan Sentra boast a strong and capable 4-cylinder engine. Each vehicle even comes paired with a manual transmission with the option for swapping it out for an automatic/continuously variable one. However, while there is a difference in their base-level power, their engine option capabilities vary tremendously.

  • The Ford Focus includes a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that delivers 160 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque.
  • The 1.8L 4-cylinder engine featured in the Nissan Sentra maxes out at 130 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque.
  • Among the numerous Ford Focus engine options, the highest output is 350 horsepower.
  • The highest engine output included in the Nissan Sentra options tops off at 188 horsepower.

Technology & Entertainment

The Focus and Sentra each include some advanced technology and fun features within their respective cabins. Each vehicle includes a 4-speaker sound system equipped with speed-sensitive volume control, a feature that automatically adjusts the volume during peak performance when the engine is louder than normal.

  • The Ford Focus and Nissan Sentra each include a dashboard-mounted display screen.
  • The Focus includes enhanced voice recognition with its SYNC® screen.
  • Both vehicles include auxiliary inputs, Bluetooth®, and an AM/FM stereo.
  • The Ford Focus includes a Smart Charging USB port, which doesn't require you to connect a cable to charge your phone or media device.

Cabin Space & Comfort

Both the Focus and Sentra offer spacious cabins tailored for five passengers to ride comfortably. While the Sentra comes in a sedan form, the Focus offers a hatchback body option that opens up the space a little bit, especially with the cargo area. However, when the Focus is in sedan form, there's a few notable differences in the interior space and comfort.

  • The Ford Focus includes 43.1 inches of front legroom.
  • The Nissan Sentra only features 42.5 inches of legroom in the front row.
  • In the rear, the Focus offers 38 inches of headroom, while the Sentra offers 36.7 inches of headroom.

Decide Between the 2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Nissan Sentra

At Richmond Ford West, we hope that this Ford Focus vs. Nissan Sentra comparison showed you what these two popular sedans offer and how they differ. You learned a great deal about both sedans, but you also saw some of the notable advantages that the Focus has over the Sentra. Why not take the next step and see the Focus up close and experience it on the road?

Browse our full inventory of Ford Focus vehicles at Richmond Ford West. We're happy to help our friends in Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump learn all about the models that they're interested in!


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