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Find out more about Nissan Sentra including information on engine specs, profile, interior features and safety awards here.
2016 brings the Nissan Sentra a fresh new look. Its front and rear styling has been redesigned for a more upscale feel. Inside, there's a new steering wheel and revised dashboard elements. It has also been upgraded with some new safety features.
There's been some recalibration under the hood to improve performance as well. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) is expected to provide crisper simulated shifts. There is also a 10 percent increase in the spring and damper rates for 2016. Improved braking and aggressive cornering are demonstrated through the new Active Understeer Control system that brakes the inside wheel when cornering to keep the car on course.
Nissan Sentra is a super accommodating vehicle. Its interior dimensions prove it to be the largest compact in the market. The 187-inch long sedan has a 106-inch wheelbase, making its headroom, front legroom and rear legroom the roomiest of any compact sedan in today's market.
Nissan Sentra received an extensive makeover for 2016. One of the most substantial changes can be seen on the A-pillars. The front fender, headlamps, hood and fascia have all been revived as well. The grille is now a striking V-shape which complements the resculpted hood and fenders very well. 2016's redesign of the Sentra is now more aligned with the appearance of other sedans in Nissan's lineup.
There are four trim levels available: S, SV, SR and SL. The base model comes with 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights and remote keyless entry.SV adds keyless entry and ignition, but focuses on other internal features. SR changes the standard wheel to 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, fog lights, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals and a sport body kit. SL gets 17-inch alloy wheels of its own, plus rear disc brakes and other interior features.
Power and Performance:
Nissan Sentra is powered by a 1.8 liter, four cylinder engine that outputs 130 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with a six speed manual transmission on the S and with a CVT standard on all other trims (optional on the S).
The fuel consumption rating for the six speed manual is at 8.9/6.6 City/Hwy L/100 km. The SV is rated at 8.9/6.6 City/Hwy L/100 km. The SR offers a fuel consumption rating of 8.0/6.1 City/Hwy L/100 km.
Interiors and Special Features:
Inside the spacious cabin of the Nissan Sentra, it feels more like a midsize sedan than a compact. Even the cargo space is a generous at 428 litres; a trunk volume that is comparable to cars in the midsize class. The seatbacks can also be flipped forward for additional space as well.
The interior of the Nissan Sentra has always been conservative. However, its entertainment perks make up for any lack-luster appearance. NissanConnect, an integrated system to be used with Smartphones, has been added to 2016 models. There is a 5.8 inch display for navigation-equipped models. Those without navigation can stream radio via the Internet.
This year's mid-cycle refresh also meant some changes to the cabin materials. There are now more soft-touch plastics, matte elements and some metallic trim to give an overall feeling of luxury. Soundproofing and laminated glass have also improved the quietness of the cabin for a more peaceful ride.
Nissan Sentra is equipped with; anti-lock brakes, stability control, tire pressure monitoring, front seat side bags, full length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. Luxury trim levels include advanced security features such as; Easy Fill Tire Alert system, rearview camera, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. There are also optional features such as a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking.
The 2016 version of Nissan Sentra has been rated "Good" by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for its moderate overlap, small overlap frontal offset impact, side impact, roof strength and seat and head restraint whiplash protection tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on the other hand, rated it a crash score of four stars.
Overall, Nissan Sentra is a feature-rich compact sedan that offers spacious interior and cargo space, making it a great value-for-money offering in the compact sedan segment.