2017 Nissan Sentra


Ranked #10 in Compact Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$18,090 - $21,990

Key Spec of 2017 Nissan Sentra
fuel economy


fuel type

Regular unleaded


124 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2017 Nissan Sentra Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Thinking of buying the 2017 Nissan Sentra is simply a no-brainer as this compact sedan stands out in its class for its spacious interior and cavernous cargo. This Nissan's compact sedan rivals some of the midsize models, thanks to the rear seat with loads of headroom and legroom, and the cargo capacity is nearly as much as in some full-size models. Moreover, the favorable pricing that Sentra has, ranging from $16,990 up to $21,990, is something you will love to drive.

Last year Nissan revamped the interior with more classy materials and desirable standard features and for 2017, the Sentra adds a new SR Turbo trim level to spice things up. Equipped with the 188-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter engine from the Nissan Juke crossover, Sentra SR Turbo has a sport-tuned suspension, reworked steering, and upgraded front brakes. Still, it's always recommended to check out other compact sedans with different USPs to find the most favorable option. We have a top-rated Toyota Corolla, redesigned 2017 Hyundai Elantra, and a feature-packed Kia Forte.

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ProsConsWhat's New

Exceptionally spacious cabin and trunk

Low quality interiors

Sluggish base engine

Affordable Pricing than some rivals

Fuel Economy not best in the class

Low cost of ownership and good safety score

Low steering feedback

Over All Rating


Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Engine and Performance6.50
Fuel Economy8.30
Notable Rankings

#10 in Compact Sedan

#12 in Sedan

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S$18,090 onwards

  • 5-Inch central touchscreen
  • 60/40-Split folding rear seatbacks
  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic headlights
  • Cruise control
  • Height-Adjustable driver seat
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Tilt-And-Telescoping steering wheel

SV$18,840 onwards

  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Satellite radio
  • Six-Speaker sound system

SR$19,990 onwards

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Foglights
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Led headlights
  • Unique cloth upholstery

SL$21,500 onwards

  • 5.8-Inch touchscreen w/ navigation & voice controls
  • Auto-Dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather upholstery
  • Nissanconnect
  • Six-Way power driver seat

SR TURBO$21,990 onwards

  • Recalibrated steering
  • Sport-Tuned suspension
  • Sunroof


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Colors and Styles

2017 Nissan Sentra in Aspen White color
Aspen White

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

After the 2016 refresh, the Nissan Sentra is mostly unchanged this year. The 2017 Sentra gets a Premium Technology package available for the SR and SL trims, a quieter cabin, and redesigned center console that offers more storage space. The new Sentra SR Turbo and the first Sentra NISMO (reviewed separately) join the 2017 Nissan lineup.

The Nissan Sentra competes in the popular compact class and sits above subcompact Versa but below the midsize Altima and semi-premium Maxima sedans. The Sentra has been Nissan's third best-selling model after Altima and Rogue. The estimated five-year cost of ownership for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Sentra is $24,525. That's slightly above average for the class.


The 2017 Nissan Sentra is a five-passenger compact sedan offered in S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, and SL trim levels. The entry-level Sentra S starts at a base price of $16,990 with the manual transmission and $17,990 for the automatic. The popular SV trim adds features like standard Siri Eyes, meter display with chrome accents, and Advanced Drive-Assist with a 5.0-inch display, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and shift knob, and more. The SV will cost you $18,790 for the automatic.

The sporty Sentra SR begins at $19,990 and adds LED low beam projector headlights with LED accents, lower body side sill extensions, rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light, fog lights, chrome exhaust finisher, unique design 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 205/50R17 all-season tires, rear disc brakes, sport interior trim, premium sport cloth seats, driver's seatback pocket, heated front seats, heated outside mirrors with LED turn signals and SR badge.


MSRP (Manual) $16,990 - - - $21,990
MSRP (CVT) $17,990 $18,790 $19,990 $21,500 $21,990
Key Features Smart Auto Headlights  Advanced Drive-Assist Display with 5.0" color display  LED low-beam projector headlights with LED accents  LED low-beam projector headlights with LED accents  Tuned suspension and steering 
  Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System Siri® Eyes Free7  Fog lights  Fog lights  Power sliding glass moon roof with tilt feature
  Drive computer  Hands-free text messaging assistant Lower bodyside sill extensions  Dual power heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators  LED low-beam projector headlights with LED accents 
  Power windows and door locks  Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition Chrome exhaust finisher NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps Fog lights 
  Air conditioning with in-cabin microfilter Premium cloth seat trim  Rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light  5.8" color touch-screen display Lower bodyside sill extensions 
  AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers and auxiliary audio input jack Piano Black interior trim  Dual power heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators  SiriusXM® Travel Link Chrome exhaust finisher
  USB connection port for iPod interface and other compatible devices AM/FM/CD audio system with 5.0" color display and six speakers  Driver’s seatback pocket  Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with in-cabin microfilter  Rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light 
    SiriusXM Satellite Radio Premium sport cloth seat trim  Driver’s seatback pocket Dual power heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators 
      Heated front seats    Driver’s seatback pocket 

The top-of-the-line Sentra SL costs $21,500 and adds standard leather-appointed seats, 6-way power driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar support, heated front seats, driver's seatback pocket, Piano Black door/console trim, auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink Universal Transceiver, and Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control. It also includes advanced safety features like Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Based on the popular Sentra SR trim level, the new SR Turbo maintains the SR's unique sporty exterior, interior, and wheel treatments. At the heart of 2017, SR Turbo is its new 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline turbocharged engine rated at 188 horsepower – 64 more horsepower and 52 more lb-ft of torque than the non-turbo 2017 Sentra SR grade's 1.8-liter powerplant.

A number of option packages are available, including a new Premium Technology Package for SR and SL grades. Other available packages are the Style Package (S and SV), Driver's Assist Package (SV and SR), and All-Weather Package (SV).

We Recommend

The SV trim is the most popular trim level as it has a number of convenience features, including push-button start, an infotainment system, Siri Eyes Free, and Bluetooth streaming audio. We recommend the SV as the most value-for-money Sentra model.    

Engine and Performance

“The best word to describe how the 2017 Sentra drives is “dull” – but then again, few compact cars are known for their engaging rides. Handling is stable, but the steering wheel requires more effort than usual for a car in this class.”- Cars.USnews

The 2017 Sentra's base engine carries over unchanged. The standard 1.8L four-cylinder engine is rated at 130 hp and 128 lbs.-ft with 6-speed manual transmission in S trim, while the ratings drop to 124 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque in other trims with an advanced automatic Xtronic transmission. All Sentra models are front-wheel-drive. The new Sentra SR Turbo gets a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder rated at 188 hp and 177 lb-ft. The engine is either paired with a six-speed manual or CVT with a wider gear ratio spread with manual-shift mode.

Sentra’s 124-horsepower base engine is one of the weakest in the class. It lacks power for highway merging, which may need you to plan beforehand. The available 188-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the SR Turbo has no issues, be it in the streets or on the highway.  As for the base models, the Kia Forte LX and the Hyundai Elantra have the best in class powerhouses, producing the same amount of torque, only the Kia is more affordable. The Corolla is a bit less powerful than the Sentra but has the same performance.


2017 Nissan Sentra

2017 Kia Forte

2017 Toyota Corolla

2017 Hyundai Elantra







1.8L I4


1.8L I-4 DOHC Dual VVT-i

2.0L DOHC 16V 4-Cylinder D-CVVT GDI


6-speed manual

6-Speed Automatic

CVT automatic

6-Speed Automatic


130-hp @ 6,000 RPM

147 hp @ 6200 RPM

128 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM

147 @ 6200 RPM


128 lbs.-ft. @ 3,600 RPM

132 lb-ft. @ 4500 RPM

132 bhp @ 6000 RPM

132 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

We would recommend opting for a Sentra with the available continuously variable transmission (CVT) instead of the standard six-speed manual transmission. It’s one of the best CVTs on the market, and it delivers better fuel economy numbers than manual transmission.

2017 Sentra 0-60 mph Acceleration

The Nissan Sentra accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.6 sec, which is among the slowest times for this class of the car. Though the SR turbo model is quicker, clocking about 6.5 seconds 0-60 mph time.


2017 Nissan Sentra

2017 Kia Forte

2017 Toyota Corolla

2017 Hyundai Elantra

0-60 MPH

9.6 sec

8.4 sec

9.5 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter mile

17.2 sec

15.2 sec

17.4 sec

16.9 sec






By comparison, All Sentras offer sluggish acceleration unless you opt for the turbocharged variant in the SR Turbo trim. It may be noted that the turbocharged Sentra SR Turbo is cheaper than the most turbocharged rivals, including Honda Civic. Among the standard powertrains, the one in Kia Forte results in somewhat better zero-to-sixty time.

2017 Sentra Ride and Handling

The 2017 Nissan Sentra's suspension does its job perfectly, absorbing every road imperfection to deliver a comfortable ride around town and on the highway. Though the Sentra isn't an engaging car to drive, mostly because of its underpowered base engine, the SR Turbo variant is a game-changer. The SR Turbo's sportier suspension may result in a stiffer ride but better handling and braking performance bring joy.

For everyday driving, Sentra's base engine is good enough but expect no more. The SR Turbo model's suspension rides on 17-inch wheels with unique suspension tuning including stiffer front springs and stiffer front and rear dampers. The electric power steering system features a larger steering motor and revised tuning.

2017 Sentra Braking

With the standard rear drum brakes, the Sentra S stopped from 60 mph in 118 feet, a slightly better-than-average distance for the compact class. A Sentra SL with discs stopped in 113 feet, which is almost unheard of for a compact economy sedan. Nissan also upgraded the front brakes (11.7-inch vs. 11.0-inch) in the SR Turbo along with a revised Active Understeer Control system.


2017 Nissan Sentra

2017 Kia Forte

2017 Toyota Corolla

2017 Hyundai Elantra

Brake Front





Brake Rear





Curb Weight

2823 lbs.

2,804 lbs.

2,885 lbs.

2,812 lbs.

60-0 MPH

118 ft.

127 ft.

126 ft.

116 ft.

The Kia forte despite being such a fast accelerating car features small brakes and takes 127 ft. to get from 60-0 mph. If you look at the Sentra NISMO apart from bigger brakes you also get a better grip from the 18-inch NISMO 10-spoke alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires.

Fuel Economy

The base 2017 Sentra with a six-speed manual transmission gets EPA-rated Fuel Economy ratings of 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The gas mileage improves to 29/37 mpg city/highway with the CVT. The 188-horsepower turbocharged engine in the SR Turbo gets an EPA-estimated 27/33 mpg city/highway with the CVT, and 26/32 mpg with the manual transmission.


2017 Nissan Sentra

2017 Kia Forte

2017 Toyota Corolla

2017 Hyundai Elantra

MPG (city)





MPG (highway)





MPG (combined)





The Hyundai Elantra SE has the best in class fuel economy followed by the Kia Forte and Corolla SE. Nissan's CVT is the best in the class and returns the class-leading fuel economy numbers. 


“The cabin's design is nothing fancy, but the quality of both materials and construction is good.”- Edmunds

2017 Sentra Seating and Comfort

The 2017 Nissan Sentra offers an interior that's bigger than seems possible, simply the roomiest in the class. Both front and rear seats offer generous Head- and legroom even for taller passengers. With comfortable seating for five, the 2017 Sentra sedan has a standard cloth upholstery while premium cloth, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available.

The cabin is simple and functional, and with the 2016 refresh, the interior received more tech and upscale quality. The new SR Turbo gets similar sporty interior cues as the SR grade. The Sentra has a 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel with its odd-looking triangular design, a 6-way manual driver’s seat, and a 4-way manual passenger seat, and a non-foldable rear seat with a center arm-rest. 


2017 Nissan Sentra

2017 Kia Forte

2017 Toyota Corolla

2017 Hyundai Elantra

Passenger capacity





Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)






(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)





Interior feature

  • 1-touch power windows
  • Remote Keyless door locks
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cruise Control
  • Electric Power steering
  • Tilt telescopic Steering wheels
  • Dual Vanity mirrors
  • Cup Holders
  • Interior air filtration

2017 Sentra Infotainment System

Other noteworthy strengths of the 2017 Sentra's interior include the NissanConnect infotainment system that comes with a 5.8-inch touchscreen display. The touchscreen's graphics are clear and simple menus make it easy to use. However, it is one of the smallest screens in its class.

The entry-level Sentra has a standard four-speaker audio system, a USB port, and Bluetooth for phone calls. Every trim is available with either a 5- or 5.8-inch display. Other available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, smartphone app integration, voice recognition, and an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system.

2017 Sentra Cargo volume

The Sentra's trunk is spacious, with 15.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity. It has a standard 60/40-split rear seat which expands cargo capacity further to haul larger items. The lift-over height is reasonable to not hurt your back, however, the 2017 Elantra is the only one to offer a power-lift gate in the segment.


2017 Nissan Sentra

2017 Kia Forte

2017 Toyota Corolla

2017 Hyundai Elantra

Cargo Volume

15.1 ft.3

14.9 ft.3

13.0 ft.3

14.4 ft.3

There's no shortage of small storage options which include door storage, cupholders all-around. For 2017, Nissan has also redesigned Sentra's center console to improve the storage space.


“Nissan’s attractive wheel designs help the Sentra look sleeker than most compacts and are a good match to the car’s smoothly sculpted sheet metal, which manages to hold your attention without being flashy or overdone.”-Kelley Blue Book

2017 Sentra Styling, Dimension and Weight

The 2017 Sentra carries over the extensive exterior redesign from one year ago. Like the other upscale Nissan models, the Sentra reflects Nissan's new design language first introduced on the Murano crossover. With a sense of sportiness, the sedan offers refined proportions. The 2017 Sentra is available for sale in nine colors – Red Alert, Brilliant Silver, Super Black, Aspen White (premium charge), Gun Metallic, Graphite Blue, Cayenne Red, Deep Blue Pearl, and Fresh Powder.

Key features of the Sentra exterior include a bold front fascia, grille, fenders, hood, and signature boomerang-shaped headlights. LED low-beam headlights with LED signature accents are offered on Sentra SR and Sentra SL. In the rear, the boomerang-shaped taillights add a more premium appearance.


2017 Nissan Sentra

2017 Kia Forte

2017 Toyota Corolla

2017 Hyundai Elantra

Curb weight

2823 lbs.

2,804 lbs.

2,885 lbs.

2,812 lbs.
















Ground clearance










The sportier Sentra SR gets an exclusive appearance, with unique 17-inch 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, lower body side sill extensions, rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light, fog lights, and chrome exhaust tip finisher. The Sentra S is 182.1 inches long and 69.3 inches wide with a body height of 58.9 inches that spare enough space to features the most spacious interior in the whole class. 

Exterior Feature

  • 16x6.5-inch Steel Wheels
  • P205/55R16 all-season tires
  • Body color Door handles
  • Body Color Side Mirrors
  • Auto-Headlights

The 2017 Nissan Sentra sedan has a four out of five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and is awarded a 2017 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. The 2017 Sentra earned the top score of Good from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in all five test categories and a Superior rating for its optional front crash prevention. A Poor rating for its headlights prevented it from earning Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. 

The Sentra has no standard active safety features. Available safety features include a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control.

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt sensors and occupant-classification sensor
  • Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)13 with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
  • Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System
  • Vehicle Security System
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)

2017 Nissan Sentra Vs 2017 Kia Forte

The Kia Forte LX starts at $17,600 which is around $600 more than the Sentra. The Forte gets you a more powerful base engine rated at  147hp and delivers much better driving dynamics. Some may complain of Forte's ride quality, but that can be ignored considering ample multi-media features and an upscale cabin.

Though the Kia Forte does not have stand-out strengths, for the price it comes fully loaded with all desired features and safety equipment. Compared to the Sentra the Kia is pretty much the same in exterior and interior dimensions as well as the boot space. There is not much difference in the fuel economy as well. We recommend going for Kia Forte if you are looking for a base model, else stick with the Nissan Sentra.

2017 Nissan Sentra Vs 2017 Toyota Corolla

The 2017 Sentra stands out from the rest for its exceptional boot space and interior roominess. However, the ride quality is comfortable and fuel-economy average, the 2017 Toyota Corolla is the better choice.

The 2017 Toyota Corolla has more standard active safety features, compared to none in the Sentra sedan. Also, Corolla's infotainment system uses a vivid display that surpasses even Sentra's upgraded systems.

Final Verdict

The 2017 Nissan Sentra is a fine car. While it has an above-average predicted reliability rating and a spacious interior, the base engine is weak. Also, the base model skips active safety equipment, and it has a high estimated ownership cost.


vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
horse power

188 hp @ 5600 rpm


177 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm


6-Speed Manual


183 in


106 in


69 in

curb weight

3020 lbs


59 in

Ground Clearance

6 lbs

passenger volume

95.9 cu ft

cargo volume

15.1 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

26/28/32 mpg

highway range

422.4 mi

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

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Nissan Sentra 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $38,496
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$940$756$559$350$127$2,732
Taxes and Fees$1,575$157$147$137$126$2,142
Total Cost-To-Own$9,641$6,689$6,565$7,396$8,205$38,496
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