Pros: Competitive pricing; absorbent ride; rear seat and trunk space rank among the best in the class; good fuel economy; simple control layout
Cons: Subpar acceleration; one of the noisiest cars in the compact class; lackluster handling, with noticeable body lean in turns and limited cornering grip
CG Says: The 2014 Nissan Sentra has several mild updates . They include tuning changes to the steering, the suspension, and the continuously variable transmission (CVT). Also, front-seat lower cushion storage pockets are standard equipment, and a sliding front armrest has been added to the SL model and the SV/SR Driver Package. The NissanConnect system with Navigation has been updated and will connect to an app installed on iPhone or Android smartphones. Sentra’s combination of a spacious trunk and back seat, excellent EPA fuel-economy ratings, and high features per dollar quotient look to deliver a devastating blow to the compact-car class, at least on paper. In practice, the car is slow, doesn’t handle exceptionally well, and is extremely noisy. Sentra’s features that do stand out are more than overshadowed by its dynamic shortcomings. Given the fact that most rivals have similar strengths without such glaring weaknesses, this is a tough car to recommend.