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2017 Nissan Sentra

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2017 S 4dr Sedan
most popular
Price:   -  From $16,990
2017 SV 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $18,840
2017 SR 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $19,990
2017 SL 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $21,500
2017 SR Turbo 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $21,990
2017 NISMO 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $24,990

Overview

The ubiquitous Nissan Sentra compact has been around since 1982 and has impressed with its fuel efficiency, low cost, and durability. It’s current guise has been named a Top Safety Pick and begins at a budget-friendly $17,855, including destination charges.

What's New for 2017

The sporty SR Turbo and NISMO models join the lineup.

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Choosing Your Nissan Sentra

The Sentra comes in two main flavors: a frugal compact sedan with a 124-horsepower 1.8-liter engine, and a sport sedan with a 188-horsepower 1.6-liter engine.

The frugal sedan comes in four trim levels, from cheap and cheerful to inexpensive and well-equipped.

Nissan Sentra

S

The base Sentra is fairly plain, but serviceable. A manual transmission is standard and raises engine output to 130 horsepower. The optional continuously-variable transmission (CVT) keeps the original 124 horsepower rating, but raises fuel efficiency to 32 mpg in combined driving. Drivers have a choice of Eco, Normal, and Sport driving modes. The S comes with Bluetooth, cruise control, a USB connection port, and automatic headlights.

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SV

The SV adds the following to the S as standard equipment: keyless entry, Bluetooth streaming audio, premium cloth seats, a sliding armrest, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, hands-free text message assistant, and a 5-inch color display. The CVT is the only available transmission on the SV model and up.

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SR

The sporty-looking SR model rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels, features a rear spoiler, and has extended lower body side sills. Additional exterior trim bits include LED projector headlights, fog lights, a chrome exhaust tip, heated exterior mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, and SR badging. The interior gets heated front sport seats in premium fabric.

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SL

The top-of-the-line SL features leather seating, a power driver seat with lumbar adjustments, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and piano black interior trim. Safety gets a boost from blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Other equipment is shared with the SR.

The sports sedan version is available in two models.

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SR Turbo

The SR Turbo builds on the SR with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 188 horsepower. Along with a stiffer body, you get a sport-tuned suspension, larger brakes, and upgraded steering. A sunroof is also standard. The Turbo is offered with a manual transmission or a CVT with manual shift mode.

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NISMO

The NISMO carries the turbocharged engine, plus performance upgrades such as 18-inch wheels, four-wheels disc brakes, unique suspension tuning, and a functional rear spoiler. The exterior wear special NISMO design elements.

CarsDirect Tip

Feeling sporty? Skip the SR and head straight to the SR Turbo. The added performance will turn even a trip to the grocery store into a good time.

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The Nissan Sentra has been a staple in the economy sedan segment for what seems like an eternity, competing with the the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Ford Focus. However, for 2017, the Sentra gains a few new looks in the more performance-oriented SR Turbo and Nismo models, giving buyers visions of the wild SE-R from years past (in theory).

How does the 2017 Nissan Sentra and its new performance models stack up? Continue reading to find out.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2017 Nissan Sentra ranges from $17,855 in its base S trim to $25,855 (including the $865 destination charge) for its top-of-the-line Nismo trim. Because the Sentra caters to a more value-oriented crowd, its base trim will be the most popular among buyers, and it comes standard with:

  • Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel controls
  • A USB port
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • A four-speaker audio system
  • Power windows, locks, and mirrors
  • 16-inch steel wheels with covers
  • Automatic on/off headlights

To spruce up this base model, buyers can add the S Style Package ($500), which includes 16-inch 10-spoke aluminum wheels and a rear spoiler. Nissan also offers the SV, SR, and SL trims for buyers that demand a better array of standard equipment. Buyers looking for some added performance can opt for one of the SR Turbo models ($22,855 to $23,345 with $865 destination fee) or the Nismo model ($25,855 with $865 destination fee).

The Sentra is available with three engines. The base model uses a 130-horsepower, 128-pound-foot, 1.8-liter four-cylinder, while the SV, SR, and SL trims use a tweaked version of this engine with 124 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. Both the SR Turbo and Nismo trims use a 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 188 hp and 177 pound-feet of torque. The base trim gets a standard six-speed manual and an optional continuously variable transmission, while SR Turbo and Nismo flip the script and get a standard CVT and an optional manual. The SV, SR, and SL are only available with the CVT.

Performance Pros

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  • The SR Turbo and Nismo add the pep the Sentra has desperately needed.
  • Smooth ride across the board, even with larger wheels.

Performance Cons

  • Turbo models get docked in fuel-efficiency: 27 miles per gallon city, 33 highway, and 29 combined.
  • 124-hp base engine leaves a lot to be desired in straight-line performance.
  • Standard six-speed transmission is sloppy, and the optional continuously variable transmission drones.
  • The Nismo might look sporty, but aside from the extra power, it's dismally un-fun to drive.

Interior Pros

  • Quiet cabin (for the class) at highway speeds.
  • Plenty of rear seat leg room and head room at 37.4 and 36.7 inches, respectively.
  • 15.1-cubic-foot trunk leads its class.

Interior Cons

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  • The seats are not very comfortable, especially on longer hauls.
  • The cabin is a little too upright and bland.
  • The combination of matte and metallic materials looks forced.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The interior, though a little bland, is impressively roomy. Six-footers can easily fit in the front and rear with plenty of head room (even with the optional sunroof). What’s more, its 15.1-cubic-foot trunk makes fitting luggage for that weekend getaway possible.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

While the SR Turbo and Nismo models have marked improvement in straight-line performance, their retuned chassis, which includes stiffer front springs, upgraded dampers, larger wheels, remapped steering, and larger brakes, only make it feel marginally more engaging to drive than the base model. It's not an alternative to cars like the Hyundai Elantra Sport, let alone proper hot hatchbacks like the Volkswagen GTI, Ford Fiesta ST, or Mini Cooper S.

The Bottom Line

The 2017 Nissan Sentra remains great for growing families, thanks to its roomy rear seat, trunk, and respectable fuel economy in non-turbo models. But Nissan's attempt at creating a performance-oriented model in the SR Turbo and Nismo models falls flat.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 1.8L I-4 / 130 HP / 128 ft.lbs.
Available: 1.8L I-4 / 124 HP / 125 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: Xtronic 2-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
27 / 35 / 31 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 1.8L I-4 / 130 HP / 128 ft.lbs.
Available: 1.8L I-4 / 124 HP / 125 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
27 / 35 / 31 Mpg
Brakes
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
15.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
96 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
182.1 "
Exterior Width
69.3 "
Exterior Height
58.9 "
Front Headroom
39.4 "
Rear Headroom
36.7 "
Front Legroom
42.5 "
Rear Legroom
37.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,823 Lbs. / 2,866 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Steel / 16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
4
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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