2016 Nissan Sentra

MSRP $16,780 - $22,170

Ranked #10 in Sedan

7.9

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2016 Nissan Sentra Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 19, 2021

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The compact sedan market can get super competitive, but the 2016 Nissan Sentra seems to draw all the cards in its favor. After receiving an update from the 2015 model year, the new Nissan Sentra offers a great deal of value at genuinely impressive price points. There are four trims to choose from, and each offers a different level of comfort and usability. 

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Pros

Functional, Utilitarian Interior. 

Loads of Cargo Space. 

High Reliability, Low Maintenance.

Cons

Bland Interior and Exterior Aesthetics. 

Underwhelming Powertrain. 

Limited Packages and Options. 

What's New?

Exterior Redesign. 

Overhauled Interior. 

Retuned 1.8L Engine. 

Updated Infotainment. 

Revised Ventilated Seats.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16780

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

118 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

130 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

128 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

182.1 in.

width

69.3 in.

height

58.9 in.

curb weight

2848 lbs.

ground clearance

6.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

95.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.1 cu ft.

payload capacity

933 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/30/36 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$16,780 onwards

FE+ S$18,160 onwards

SV$18,550 onwards

SR$20,410 onwards

SL$22,170 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Nissan Sentra in Aspen White Pearl color
Aspen White Pearl

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.4

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.7

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The 2016 model year Nissan Sentra starts at $18,625, offering an impressive equipment list and a good deal of usability. The Nissan Sentra faces stiff competition from rivals such as the Hyundai Elantra and the Toyota Corolla. In this review of the 2016 Nissan Sentra, we walk you through the good and the bad, and help you decide whether you should take one home. 


8.0/10
Features

6.4/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.7/10
Safety


2016 Nissan Sentra Features

8.0/10

Nissan offers the 2016 model year Sentra in four different trims, in varying features and equipment list. The base Sentra S starts at an affordable $18,625, and can go all the way up to $23,035 for the Sentra SL trim. Nissan also offers a wide range of trims and features with the Sentra, and one can pick a few based on requirement and utility. The following table highlights the key trims and features offered with the 2016 Nissan Sentra. 

Model

S

SV

SR

SL

MSRP

$18,625

$19,415

$21,275

$23,035

Key Features

1.8L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4 Engine

S Features, plus:

SV Features, plus:

SR Features, plus:

 

Basic 4-Speaker Sound System

Leather Steering Wheel

Multi-Level Heating Front Seats

Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror

 

Emergency Braking Assist

6-Speaker Sound System

Hands-Free Entry

Premium Paint Finish

 

Heated Mirrors

Keyless Ignition

LED Headlamps

Dual Zone Front Climate Control

 

Hide-Away Trunk Net

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

3 Months of Satellite Radio Service

Blind Spot Warning Accident Avoidance System

 

Standard Headlights

Premium Cloth upholstery

External Ground Lighting

Power Adjustable Lumbar Support

 

Rear Spoiler

     

We Recommend

Since the 2016 Nissan Sentra is a budget sedan, our recommendation certainly considers not going over the budget. That being said, we recommend going for the Sentra SR trim, which packs a whole bunch of comfort and tech features, along with a long equipment list- all for just $2,500 over the base Sentra S. If you’re planning on getting a 2016 Sentra, do go for the SR trim.

2016 Nissan Sentra Engine and Performance

6.4/10

Nissan offers the 2016 model year Sentra with a standard 1.8L Inline-4 engine, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The naturally aspirated engine makes a healthy 130 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque, which might not seem like much, but feels sufficient for comfortable city drives and fairly powerful highway trips. 

The gearbox, however, feels extremely well-gated and fun to play with. Gear ratios are well positioned, which allows for plenty of time for changing gears. The top gear feels tall enough for comfortable highway drives. We do however feel that Nissan should have allowed for the option of upgrading to a CVT on the base trim, which would have added a great degree of comfort to daily driving. 

Models

2016 Nissan Sentra

2016 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Toyota Corolla

MSRP

$18,625

$18,085

$18,195

Engine

1.8L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

Power 

130 hp @ 6,000 rpm

145 hp @ 6,500 rpm

132 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque 

128 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm

130 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

128 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

0 to 60 MPH

10.7

8.8

9.6

Quarter Mile (Sec)

17.9

16.8

17.4

Top Speed (MPH)

121

129

114

Comparing the competition, the Hyundai Elantra offers the most power and torque. On the other hand, the Nissan Sentra and the Toyota Corolla end up on the slightly lower side. The Elantra also manages to be the quickest in terms of 0 to 60 and quarter-mile times. Unsurprisingly enough, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra also offers the highest top speed among the three cars in the lot. 

2016 Nissan Sentra Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2016 model year Nissan Sentra offers pretty decent fuel economy for its class, and stands at par with some of the best-performing rivals in this regard. The 2016 Nissan Sentra returns 27 MPG in the city, and 36 MPG on highways, for an impressive combined EPA rating of 30 MPG. Additionally, the 2016 model year NIssan Sentra comes with a sizable 13.2-gallon fuel tank, which enables it a range of up to 475 miles on the highway. 

Models

2016 Nissan Sentra

2016 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Toyota Corolla

MPG (City)

27

27

28

MPG (Highway)

36

37

37

MPG (Combined)

30

31

31

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

13.2

12.8

13.2

Driving Range (Miles)

356 / 475 / 396

346 / 474 / 397

370 / 488 / 409

Comparing the competition, the 2016 Nissan Sentra fares pretty well in the fuel economy department. The best in the lot is the Toyota Corolla, which manages slightly higher city and highway fuel efficiency numbers. The Toyota Corolla also manages to offer higher driving range, thanks to the equally-sized fuel tank as that of the Nissan Sentra. 

2016 Nissan Sentra Interior

8.0/10

The 2016 Nissan Sentra offers a plain and functional cabin, with little luxuries on offer. However, the Sentra’s cabin feels sufficiently comfortable and highly utilitarian. The overall design is simple, elegant and highly inviting. On the lower trims, you get high quality cloth seating surfaces, while fancier trims get you leather seats with power adjustment. 

The cabin is highly ergonomic and utilitarian, with all the buttons and controls comfortably within the reach of the driver. The center console is installed at a height, which makes accessing buttons and controls easier. There’s also a good amount of practicality in terms of cup holders, a large glove compartment and a folding central armrest. 

Models

2016 Nissan Sentra

2016 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Toyota Corolla

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4 / 54.7 / 42.5

40.0 / 55.9 / 43.6

38.3 / 54.8 / 42.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.7 / 53.9 / 37.4

37.1 / 54.8 / 33.1

37.1 / 54.8 / 41.4

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.)

15.1

14.8

13.0

Comparing the competition, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra offers the most headroom, shoulder space as well as the most legroom at the front row. At the back, the Toyota Corolla offers as much headroom and shoulder space as the Elantra, but offers significantly more legroom. However, the overall winner in the passenger room category goes to the 2016 Hyundai Elantra. The Nissan Sentra, however, offers the highest cargo space. Some key interior features offered with the 2016 Nissan Sentra include:

  • Dual-Zone Climate Control. 
  • Cloth/Leather Upholstery. 
  • Power-Adjustable Seats. 
  • Front Cup Holders. 
  • Locking Glove Box. 
  • Hybrid Gauge Cluster. 

2016 Nissan Sentra Infotainment System

The 2016 Nissan Sentra gets a fresh set of infotainment features after the update. The 2016 model year Sentra features a 5.8-inch infotainment screen, which hosts a wide variety of apps and features to browse. There’s a fairly basic but efficient 6-Speaker sound system on offer, and you get to play your favorite playlists via Bluetooth Audio Streaming. The Nissan Sentra also supports USB and Aux inputs, which gives you a good deal of flexibility. Nissan also offers you additional features such as Siri Hands Free support and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Some highlight infotainment features offered with the 2016 Nissan Sentra include:

  • 5.8-inch Infotainment Screen. 
  • 6-Speaker Sound System.
  • Siri Eyes Free Voice Recognition.
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio. 
  • Real-Time Traffic Display and Navigation.
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming.
  • NissanConnect Internet Service.

2016 Nissan Sentra Exterior

8.0/10

The Nissan Sentra has received a significant update for the 2016 model year, which includes a freshened-up exterior. The front fascia now features a more modern design, with angular headlamps showcasing intricate LED arrangements. The chrome used in the front grille remains untouched, which has lately been Nissan’s favourite design element on their products. 

The rear of the sedan also sees an aesthetic update, now featuring sharper folds and bends, along with redesigned tail lights. The overall appearance has a much sportier and sleek design now, as opposed to the rather ungainly and puffy aesthetic the previous model year showcased. 

Models

2016 Nissan Sentra

2016 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Toyota Corolla

Curb Weight (lbs) 

2,848

2,773

2,800

Length (inches) 

182.1

179.1

182.6

Width (inches)

69.3

69.9

69.9

Height (inches)

58.9

56.3

57.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.4

5.3

5.5

Wheelbase (inches)

106.3

106.3

106.3

All the three sedans in the competition weigh nearly the same, with the Hyundai Elantra boasting the least weight. The 2016 Toyota Corolla measures the longest, while sharing the spot with the Hyundai Elantra in terms of width. The Nissan Sentra stands the tallest among the competition, while also offering the most ground clearance. All three sedans come with the same wheelbase, measuring 106.3 inches. Some key exterior features offered with the 2016 Nissan Sentra include:

  •  Chrome Grille Surrounds. 
  • 17-inch Machined Alloy Wheels. 
  • Integrated Fog Lights.
  • Chrome Door Handles. 
  • Panoramic Sunroof. 
  • All-Weather Tires.
  • Side Mirror Indicators.

2016 Nissan Sentra Safety

8.7/10

There’s no doubt that Nissan makes extremely safe vehicles for daily usage, and the 2016 Nissan Sentra is certainly no exception. While the NHTSA hasn’t officially crash tested the 2016 model year Sentra, the IIHS has acknowledged it with an impressive “Good” score under most categories. The 2016 Nissan Sentra comes packed with a wide range of active and passive safety features, which play an important role in enhancing the sedan’s occupant protection merit. Som key safety features offered with the 2016 Nissan Sentra include:

  • ABS and ESP. 
  • Traction Control. 
  • Dual-Stage Airbags. 
  • Blind Spot Monitoring. 
  • Back-Up Camera. 
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring. 
  • LATCH Anchors. 
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. 

2016 Nissan Sentra Final Verdict

The 2016 Nissan Sentra offers a compelling package of practicality and comfort. With a low starting price, the Nissan Sentra offers a good deal of tech and convenience features to get you going for all your daily grinds. The 1.8L engine is no performer, but gets the job done with astounding reliability. There’s a lot of cargo space and plenty of interior functionality. Fuel efficiency is a no-complainer. The 2016 Nissan Sentra offers everything you’d need from a daily driver, with minimum things to complain about at a pocket-friendly budget.

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