A longtime player in the compact segment, the Nissan Sentra is a good choice for the economy-oriented buyer who wants good fuel efficiency, value-priced options and plenty of rear seat space.
What's New for 2015
Changes are minimal this year, and buyers can choose from four new exterior colors: Titanium, Red Alert, Cayenne Red, and Fresh Powder.
Choosing your Nissan Sentra
All Sentras come with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. Those who like to shift for themselves can have a six-speed manual transmission -- but only on the base S model, where a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. All other trim levels come with the CVT as standard equipment.
The Sentra offers five trim levels altogether:
- The Navigation Package checks in at $720. In addition to navigation, it adds a 5.8-inch color touchscreen, voice recognition, SiriusXM Traffic, SiriusXM Travel Link, and hands-free texting.
- The Style Package
- Next up is the Cold Weather Package
We think the mid-range S and SV offer the best value for the Sentra's target buyer. We can't fault the SR and SL for offering so much extra for only a few thousand dollars, but their MSRPs push the Sentra into competition with more accomplished competitors.