2021 Nissan Sentra Gains Standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

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, Automotive Editor - November 23, 2020

Nissan may have introduced an all-new Sentra for the 2020 model year, but the automaker is adding new features to the compact sedan’s list of equipment for 2021. For the new model year, the Sentra now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment. Adding smartphone compatibility to the vehicle increases pricing by $100.

The 2021 Sentra costs $20,335 for the base S trim. Last year, the trim started at $20,235. We think an extra $100 for standard smartphone compatibility is well worth the extra cost. Previously, Nissan required consumers to go with either the SV or SR trim to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Having consumers pay slightly more for the feature as standard on the base trim instead of moving up to another trim is a much better approach.

Furthermore, the 2021 Sentra SR now comes with Wi-Fi hot spot and has an available two-tone paint job. While the automaker points out that Nissan Safety Shield 360 is now standard on the 2021 Sentra throughout the entire lineup, the 2020 model came with a lot of the same safety features already. The only new addition we can spot is the rear door alert. As a reminder, standard safety features on the 2021 Sentra include automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam assist, rear automatic emergency braking, and a driver attention monitor.

Nissan Sentra

Nearly every other competitor in the compact class comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The Honda Civic is one of the few compact vehicles that doesn’t have smartphone compatibility as standard equipment. The new 2021 Hyundai Elantra even has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. So, Nissan’s move to offer smartphone compatibility as standard on the 2021 Sentra isn’t to get ahead of the competition but to stay competitive.

Even with the modest price increase, the 2021 Sentra is one of the cheaper compact vehicles in the class. It costs less than the Hyundai Elantra ($20,645), Toyota Corolla ($20,920), Honda Civic ($22,005), and Mazda Mazda3 ($21,445). The Kia Forte is one of the more affordable options with a starting price of $19,150.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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