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2018 Nissan Sentra: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - February 28, 2017

Model Preview

In recent history, the Sentra hasn’t gotten much love, but Nissan finally gave it the attention it needed in the last few years. The changes included a refreshed look, a new turbocharged engine, and a new NISMO model. Now, with the 2018 model quickly approaching, we expect the changes to the Sentra to calm down.

With us expecting it to be a carryover model, we anticipate the looks of the Sentra to remain unchanged when compared to the current model. This look, which debuted in 2016, gives the Sentra a more upscale appearance that better matches the Maxima and Altima. The looks will also carry over inside the cabin.

With the looks remaining the same, we also expect this carryover model’s standard features to remain the same, as well. These include 16-inch steel wheels, auto headlights, keyless entry, air conditioning, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, and more. Buyers can move up through the trim levels and option packages, like the SR Technology Package and the SL Premium Package, should they need more features.

We expect the new Sentra to use the same engine options as the current model. If this proves true, the base engine will be a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. This engine will continue to use a standard six-speed manual or an optional CVT. The SR Turbo and NISMO models will use a new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. These sportier models use either a six-speed manual or a specially tuned CVT.

Nissan Sentra

Safety is no problem for the current Sentra, thanks to its Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS. With no changes anticipated for the new model year, we expect the 2018 Sentra to carry the same ratings. Remember, to get the all the features that made it a Top Safety Pick+, you’ll have to get at least the SR trim with the SR Premium Technology Package, which includes forward emergency braking.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

Nissan has not yet announced an official release date for the 2018 Sentra. That said, based on production estimates, we currently anticipate an on-sale date in October 2017.

Official pricing has not yet been released. With it being a carryover, we think it's likely that pricing will be closely in line with the current car, which ranges from $17,855 to $22,855 (destination fees included).

In this price range, the Sentra will battle the Honda Civic Sedan ($19,575 to $27,435), the Mazda3 ($18,680 to $23,980), and the Kia Forte ($17,340 to $22,050).

See pricing and deals on the current Sentra »

Pictured: 2017 Sentra

Nissan Sentra

Nissan Sentra

Nissan Sentra

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