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Affordable and feature-rich compact sedans are some of the best ways to travel if you're commuting or have a small family. Reliable and fuel-efficient, compact sedans have been and continue to be some of the most popular vehicles on the road today, offering an alternative to gas-guzzling SUVs and trucks. Both Nissan and Subaru have some great options within the segment, but if you're stuck on choosing between the 2023 Nissan Sentra vs 2023 Subaru Impreza, which one do you go with and why? If you want the best available fuel economy, capacity, and cutting-edge technology, the simple answer would be the Sentra.
However, comparisons aren't about simple answers but explaining why one vehicle is worth its price of entry over the other. And this all comes back to having great features at reasonable prices, and the Nissan Sentra strikes that balance with surprising accuracy. The 2023 Sentra manages to carry over the features from the outgoing model year, which includes various packages designed for the trim-line up of the Sentra, which consists of the S, SV, SR, and SR Midnight Edition. In fact, the SR Midnight Edition was one of the more recent packages made available for the Sentra, giving it a lot more versatility for what you get with the exterior look and what you can expect with the interior amenities.
The 2023 Subaru Impreza has many great features but no new additions for the 2023 model year. Similar to the Sentra, the Impreza carries over the outgoing model year features from 2022 for the 2023 model year offerings; these changes only include a new color and the body style limitations on a specific trim. You can get the Impreza in several different trim formats, including the Base, the Premium, and the Sport trim. Let's take a closer look at these two standout models and see how the Sentra offers an edge over the Impreza.
For compact sedans, fuel economy is king. When you purchase a compact vehicle, you're expecting to get great gas mileage and a lot of longevity when it comes to making your way to and from your destinations on a single tank of gas. For the 2023 Sentra and 2023 Impreza, the two sedans offer you some great numbers when it comes to estimated fuel economy ranges. For those shopping for a sedan on a budget, the numbers look fantastic overall, but by comparison, the Sentra still comes out on top.
The 2023 Subaru Impreza comes with the patented 2.0-liter 4-cylinder BOXER engine that Subaru is known for. It manages impressive power for its size, outputting 152 hp at 154 lb-ft of torque. The Impreza is available in a 5-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. But the most important part is the fuel economy, and in that category, the Impreza has figures that top out at up to 23 MPG in the city and up to 31 MPG on the highway with a manual transmission. When configured as an automatic, the Impreza tops out at 28 MPG in the city and up to 36 MPG on the highway, with a total maximum combined fuel economy of 32 MPG.
The 2023 Sentra manages to best the Impreza in this category, offering drivers a great deal of distance out of its 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder, which produces 149 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque that is paired to a continuously variable transmission. The Sentra gets 29 MPG in the city and up to 39 MPG on the highway, with a total combined fuel economy of 33 MPG. Those are extremely impressive figures. Whether you're navigating crowded city streets or long open highways, you're getting some great gas mileage out of the Sentra.
What's more, is that the Sentra manages to top the Impreza in the fuel economy category due to the drivetrain configuration. The Impreza is only available in all-wheel drive, whereas the Sentra is available only in front-wheel drive. This gives the Sentra a much better competitive edge over the Impreza regarding fuel economy, as the vehicle has to do less work than the all-wheel drive Impreza and thus can save on fuel for both short trips and long hauls.
Compact sedans have never been known for large cargo volume figures, but you still want to be able to move around comfortably within the cabin and store your goods. Having that cargo capacity means making the ride more accommodating, functional, and relaxing for passengers and drivers. In this regard, both the Sentra and Impreza offer a cabin that seats up to five people across two rows. Both also offer great seating arrangements, with power driver seat functionality and premium seating materials.
However, where the Sentra pulls ahead is with its cargo capacity. The 2023 Impreza has a maximum cargo volume of 12.3 cu.ft. of space in the trunk. The Sentra, however, offers a little extra space to store your goods, with 14.3 cu.ft. of space in the trunk. This extra cargo volume means you can store a few extra groceries, a few extra books, or a few extra personal belongings for the trip by comparison. Even if the numbers don't seem like much, it's the difference between what you can bring with you and what you can't.
You also have access to more seating materials for the Sentra. Where the Impreza has basic cloth or leather-appointed seats on the very highest trim, you have options for basic cloth seats, sport cloth seats, Prima-Tex seats, and quilted leather-appointed seats with the Nissan Sentra, allowing you to customize your comfort needs. These sorts of options give you a lot of leeway in customizing the comfort levels of the Sentra. So not only do you get slightly more storage space out of the trunk, but you also have more creature comforts to make the ride more enjoyable for Nissan's compact sedan.
The available technology for the 2023 Sentra and 2023 Impreza is almost neck-to-neck. There are a lot of great features available in both compact sedans, including Subaru's patented Starlink infotainment suite that powers the Impreza. This gives you an amazing array of connected software services at your fingertips, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, an available 8-inch multimedia system, and plenty of navigational support.
Nissan matches the Impreza with the Sentra's own line-up of amazing infotainment and tech, including an available 8-inch HD touchscreen with Bluetooth wireless support and connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The NissanConnect suite also provides you with a lot of great navigational tools, along with the ability to utilize voice recognition. But the Sentra really shines with features like the Siri Eyes Free technology so that you can easily access in-cabin features without ever having to take your eyes off the road. This is also aided by features like Google Assistant so that you can navigate, access, monitor, and alter features, settings, or routes, all without using your hands.
By comparison, while the Impreza has some impressive safety and assist features, like the EyeSight Driver technology, which compares admirably to the Nissan Safety Shield, when it comes to infotainment and connectivity, there is more there for the Sentra. To access all of the same Google Assistant features for the Impreza, you would need a whole suite of third-party utilities and software implementations to get it to work, whereas, with the Sentra, the Google and Siri technologies are built-in right from the start, and are easy to access right from within the cabin of the vehicle. This makes the Sentra live up to being both highly affordable and feature-rich.