It is hard to beat the 2016 Sentra, but Nissan did it, and at an affordable price. The Sentra does not really stand out in its compact sedan segment, but with its safety features, good fuel economy and added technological bonuses, it can be a good buy. With all the nips and tucks to the Sentra, it will hopefully make this vehicle an industry leader.
Nissan added even more technology upgrades to the Sentra, including smartphone integration, wireless charging, and more horsepower. The interior also was redesigned, including LED accent lighting on the interior, more leg room and a smoother ride. Price of the vehicle starts at $18,100 but for upgrades you could be paying close to $21,000. However, that is not a bad deal for all the upgrades that are included, which gives all the competition a run for their money.
The exterior colors offered include brilliant silver, deep blue pearl, black, fresh powder, and gun metallic. For the standard version, exterior features include automatic headlights and 16-inch steel wheels. For upgrades, drivers can get underbody aerodynamic deflectors, a rear spoiler, low-rolling resistance tires, keyless entry and ignition, heated mirrors, sunroof, alloy wheels and an all-weather package.
Nissan wanted drivers to feel classy on the inside as well as the outside. There are a few interior material options, including leather and cloth. Drivers can also upgrade to a 5-inch information center console and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Not all passengers are created equal, so travelers can enjoy automatic dual-zone climate control and heated front seats.
This is one of the areas where the Sentra received most of the upgrades. The standard version comes with Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a CD player, a six-speaker sound system and dual USB ports. This is only the beginnings of the technology offerings for the Sentra. For more money, drivers can get NissanConnect Multimedia, navigation, an almost 6-inch touchscreen center console, satellite radio and a better speaker system.
The Sentra has very impressive fuel economy, coming in at 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. The 4 cylinder engine will feature an engine that is either a 124 horsepower or 130 horsepower, which is an upgrade from last year’s model. It can top out at 120 mph. In addition to automatic, the vehicle also comes in a 6-speed manual model. The Sentra FE+ S version is your best bet for the most fuel economy, because it comes with the aerodynamic deflectors and low-rolling resistance tires.
Nissan added some safety features to the upgraded models. Drivers can get Siri Eyes Free voice controls, a rearview camera, integrated turning signals, rear-cross traffic alert and a blind-spot monitor. Nissan also said it has made improvements to the Sentra’s responsiveness, which is good not just for efficiency but safety. The 2016 model received a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its superior front crash prevention upgrades, so the 2017 model will most likely get the same rating, maybe even better.