By Doug Newcomb
The 2016 Nissan Sentra compact sedan is the mid-cycle refresh of the seventh-generation 2013 model. It rides well, offers good fuel economy, has actually a roomy spine seat, includes a lot more driver assists, and sports an improved cockpit. It’s most likely to go on as one of a half-dozen small sedans selling at least 200,000 units a year in the US, yet Nissan faces stiff competition in the form of the 2016 Honda Civic, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, and the forthcoming 2017 Chevrolet Cruze, every one of which are fully updated models.
Cost and Features
The Sentra starts at $17,615 (including $835 shipping) and tops out at $25,940 fully optioned. Every Sentra comes along with front-wheel drive and a carry-over 130-horsepower, 1.8-liter engine that uses a reworked frequently variable transmission (CVT), yet lacks turbocharging or gasoline direct injection. It makes for durable fuel economy to the tune of 29mpg city, 38mpg highway, and 32mpg combined on normal fuel.
The entry-degree Sentra S comes along with a six-rate manual transmission that reduces fuel economy by 2mpg (27 city/36 highway/30 combined) over the CVT version (29/38/32), which adds $850 to the price; there are no various other selections at this trim, only paint and cloth upholstery choices. A low-volume variant, the Sentra FE + S (FE stands for fuel economy) is $18,865 and incorporates a rear spoiler, underbody aerodynamics, and reasonable rolling resistance tires that offer it a 30/40/34mpg EPA rating.
The $19,385 Sentra SV comes along with a 5-inch multi-guide display (MID) Nissan calls an Advanced Drive aid Display, between the tachometer and speedometer. Three packages are available. The $1,0twenty Driver’s aid Package provides blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link. The $750 SV Style adds a moonroof and 16-inch alloy wheels. And the $300 SV All-Weather Package brings heated front seats and outside mirrors.
The Sentra SR ($21,245) is the sporty model, along with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED reasonable beam headlamps, heated front seats, a rear spoiler, and four disc brakes (compared along with the front disc/rear drum brakes on the S and SV). It’s where Sentra tech starts to get hold of serious, along with an SR Premium Package at $2,590 that adds a moonroof, leather seats, a electricity driver’s seat, NissanConnect infotainment system along with navigation and mobile apps, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert. The $1,230 Technology Package entails adaptive cruise control, forward emergency braking, and Nissan Connect Services along with navigation and mobile apps.
We tested the range-topping Sentra SL, which starts at $23,005. It entails LED reasonable beams, heated outside mirrors, heated front seats, rear disc brakes, and NissanConnect along with Navigation and Mobile Apps. With two selections packages and the addition of floor mats, our test automobile strike $25,545.
How’s the Tech?
Nissan has actually improved its technology offerings along with the new Sentra, yet it still lags behind various other companies in infotainment and connectivity features. The core safety features (6 air bags, traction control, front and rear crumple zones, Bluetooth for phones, and a USB jack) are present on every one of trim lines. You requirement the SV and above to get hold of the 5-inch color MID, a 5-inch focus stack color LCD along with navigation, Siri Eyes Free, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, intelligent essential (which lets you press a door cope with button to unlock the automobile and push an additional button to start), and basic fill tire alert (it chirps as soon as you’ve filled a tire to the appropriate pressure). You requirement the SR or SL trim to order the full-range adaptive cruise regulate and forward emergency braking.
The Brand-new Nissan Connect infotainment system functions along with your smartphone and entails Pandora, iHeartRadio, Facebook, Twitter, Google search, Quest Advisor search, and texting services. You can easily browse Facebook on the focus stack display as soon as the automobile is parked, and messages are delivered via voice as soon as moving. Siri Eyes Free lets you toggle Siri on a connected iPhone by pressing and holding the steering wheel Talk button. SiriusXM travel services (portion of Nissan Connect) contain weather, traffic, and fuel prices. The highest tier of Nissan Connect (Navigation, Mobile Apps and Services) entails OnStar-adore features, including automatic collision notification, roadside assistance, stolen car locator, remote door unlock, remote engine start, boundary alerts (geofencing), and rate alerts.
That said, the Sentra doesn’t very suit up to the competition as soon as it involves tech. There is only one USB connection and one 12-volt jack, for starters. There’s likewise no HD Radio, no lane departure warning, and no about view camera system. And Nissan is merely now introducing Siri Eyes Free, while others are adding Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
How Does it Perform?
On the road, the Sentra rides smoothly except as soon as going up hills, or building rate promptly on a short expressway on-ramp. 0-60mph takes regarding 10 seconds. The CVT has actually a a lot more pronounced step mode that emulates a multi-gear transmission and its shifts; friends that tell you CVTs are problematic ought to drive this car. On the interstate, adaptive cruise regulate worked well.
It’s spacious inside, so a lot so that the EPA classifies the Sentra (182 inches long) as a midsize car. The backseat is roomy even for taller adults, and the cockpit furnishings are a lot more upscale compared to the previous generation.
Should I Buy It?
The 2016 Nissan Sentra costs considering if you’re looking for durable transportation along with a class-above design (compact automobile length, midsize automobile cockpit volume). If you’re seriously thinking regarding buying one, the Sentra SV along with the Driver’s aid Package is the most effective deal. If you do a great deal of highway driving, go with the SR or the SL along with the Technology package for the adaptive cruise regulate and forward emergency braking. Overall, the Sentra would certainly be a lot more competitive versus the Civic and the Elantra if it offered CarPlay and Android Auto, also as a peppier engine. That said, its desirability can easily easily raise if Nissan decides to relocate a lot more models via factory incentives.