Nissan Sentra
Nissan Sentra
Nissan Sentra

2016 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: For 2016, Nissan Sentra has revised styling inside and out. Available new safety features include forward-collision emergency braking, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert. Adaptive cruise control, power driver’s seat, Siri Eyes Free capability, and NissanConnect telematics are also newly available. 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: $16,780
S w/ FE+ pkg: $18,030
SV: $18,550
SR: $20,410
SL: $22,170

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

Nissan Sentra
2016 Nissan Sentra