In the hotly contested compact sedan market, the 2016 Nissan Sentra comes with several advantages to help it best the competition. The main one is space: passengers will feel like they're inside a mid-sized sedan. Even the trunk is spacious. The Sentra is also strong in fuel economy with FE+ S models getting an EPA-estimated 34 mpg in combined driving.*
The Sentra underwent a thorough redesign for the model year. On the outside, the front and rear fascia sport the same styling cues as the larger Nissan Altima and Maxima sedans. Inside, the dashboard has been revamped, and there's a new steering wheel. Features like adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection, which are normally found in premium brands, are now available.
The 2016 Nissan Sentra seats up to five and is offered in five trim levels. Standard air-conditioning, automated headlamps, and power windows and door locks in the base S again emphasize the days of "eco-boxes" are in the past. Step up to the SV and buyers get push-button ignition, keyless entry via a fob, and full Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity as standard equipment. Same with NissanConnect, which syncs with passengers' smartphones to access apps like Pandora and iHeart radio. Finally, the top-level SL comes with such premium features as dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery as well as all the features from the lower trim levels.
Both the FE+ S and the SR can be considered specialized models of the Sentra model lineup. While the FE+ S is equipped like the S, it comes with a rear spoiler and low-resistance tires to support its high mpg focus. The Sentra SR builds on the SV with foglights, sport cloth upholstery and a sport body kit to fulfil its role as the sportiest model.
Options like a premium audio system and navigation are available via bundles like the All Weather Package and Technology package.
All 2016 Sentras come with a 130 horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine underneath the shapely hood. A six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard depending on trim level. While the above mentioned FE+ S has the highest mileage, the others are also competitive in the segment with manually-equipped models rated at 30 mpg combined and 32 mpg combined with the CVT.
Autotrader may have said it best about the car: "… in every other category that matters, the 2016 Sentra comes up smelling like roses. We think it's the company's most well-rounded small sedan in years."
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.