2015 Nissan Sentra

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 2015 Nissan Sentra lineup sees no major changes, save for a round of trim-level content shuffling; many features that were previously available in option packages are now standard equipment. Sentra’s combination of a spacious trunk and back seat, excellent EPA fuel-economy ratings, and high features-per-dollar quotient look very appealing, 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.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Nissan
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices S: $16,480
S w/ FE+ pkg: $17,730
SV: $18,300
SR: $19,910
SL: $20,670

Base Engine
1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
130
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
27-30
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
36-40

2013 Nissan Sentra
2015 Nissan Sentra