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2018 Mazda3 vs. 2018 Nissan Sentra

Compact sedans like the Mazda3 are purpose-built to offer efficient performance at an affordable price. Mazda has taken those basic tenets of the automotive industry segment and changed the game by making its entry into the class one of the most exciting options available to potential customers. A comparison of the 2018 Mazda3 vs. 2018 Nissan Sentra will clearly illustrate why Gorman McCracken Mazda customers would do well to speak with one of our product experts today. At the most basic level, the 2018 Mazda3 objectively offers better performance specs and fuel economy scores than its Nissan competitor while wrapping the entire package in a sporty exterior that is more athletic than most in its class. Customers can schedule a test drive today by calling, 903-686-9319.

The entry-level trim grades of both the 2018 Mazda3 and 2018 Nissan Sentra offer a very similar set of standard equipment including, a touchscreen-based infotainment system, keyless entry and basic active safety systems. However, shoppers considering the Mazda3 can choose to add the Preferred Equipment package that adds upgraded alloy wheels, automatically controlled headlights, windshield wipers and heated side mirrors. This package also upgrades the available safety systems for Mazda owners adding blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The 2018 Sentra doesn’t make these more advanced systems available unless a buyer chooses the Nissan sedan’s top-of-the-line trim. Furthermore, the 2018 Mazda3 was rated higher by independent online expert reviews than its 2018 Nissan Sentra competitor.


2018 Mazda3


2018 Nissan Sentra

2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 1.8-L, 4-Cyl.
155/150 Horsepower/Torque 130/128
Six-speed manual Transmission Six-speed manual
27/37 Fuel Economy 27/35


Performance Specs

When a Gorman McCracken Mazda customer is considering the sedan version of the 2018 Mazda3, they will have a single power plant option available from them. Under the hood of the exciting compact sedan is the SKYACTIV®-G 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, which can be attached to either the SKYACTIV®-MT six-speed manual transmission or the SKYACTIV®-DRIVE six-speed automatic gear changer. Either transmission will allow Mazda3 owners to use 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. By comparison, the 2018 Nissan Sentra sedan uses a naturally aspirated 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine making 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. When properly equipped, the 2018 Mazda3 sedan can achieve up to 28 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles per gallon on the highway. Despite not making nearly as much power as the Mazda3, the 2018 Sentra just barely matches these numbers.



A left profile photo of the 2018 Mazda3.
An interior photo of the 2018 Mazda3 showing its available technology.
A close up photo of the infotainment touchscreen in the 2018 Mazda3.
A photo of the driver's cockpit of the 2018 Mazda3.