2017 Nissan Sentra

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2017 MODEL

$16,990 - $24,990

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The Sentra has 5 different trims levels that increase its versatility and functionality without costing much. Having equipped with almost everything for a daily commute car the Nissan Sentra is a tough competitor in its class and is currently competing against Kia Forte LX, Toyota Corolla SE, and Hyundai Elantra SE.


7.1/10
Features

 

6.5/10
Engine

 

8.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.3/10
Interior

 

6.7/10
Exterior

 

5.9/10
Safety

 
 
 

The Nissan Sentra is just like any other super affordable midsize family sedan with a lot of trims level to suit your style or requirements but what really makes it special is its super spacious cabin. The Sentra has surprising spacious interiors despite its small body design. Other than that, the Sentra is also well equipped to fit the requirements of a daily commute family car.

For starters, the Nissan Sentra comes 130 hp 1.8L engine with 6-speed manual transmission, power windows, power doors, auto headlights and standard infotainment system for only $16,990. Apart from being affordable and spacious this vehicle is pretty comfortable, has nice boot space, satisfactory fuel economy, low cost of ownership and some minor drawbacks as usual.

2017 Nissan Sentra Features

7.1/10

The Nissan Sentra has a base price of $16,990 and has5 different trim levels. The base Sentra S model comes standard with auto-headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, power window, power locks, USB connection, Drive computer and AM/FM with 4-speaker. It takes $1,100 extra for a CVT in the Sentra S. As you move the SV, SR, SR Turbo and SL comes standard with CVT transmission.

The SV model offers an advance drive assist with 5.0-inch display, upgraded infotainment system, SiriusXM radio, Siri Eye Free 7 and piano black interiors. The SR and SR turbo are a bit on the sportier side like LED lights, side sills, chrome exhaust, rear spoiler, sport cloth seat trim as for the SL it has heated power mirrors, Nissan Connect SM with nav. And a bigger infotainment screen.

Trim

S SV SR SR Turbo SL
MSRP (Manual) $16,990 N/A N/A $21,990 N/A
MSRP (CVT) $18,090 $18,840 $19,990 $21,990 $21,500
Key Smart Auto Headlights  Advanced Drive-Assist® Display with 5.0" color display  LED low-beam projector headlights with LED accents  Tuned suspension and steering  LED low-beam projector headlights with LED accents 
Features Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System Siri® Eyes Free7  Fog lights  Power sliding glass moon roof with tilt feature Fog lights 
  Drive computer  Hands-free text messaging assistant Lower body side sill extensions  LED low-beam projector headlights with LED accents  Dual power heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators 
  Power windows and door locks  Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition Chrome exhaust finisher Fog lights  NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps
  Air conditioning with in-cabin microfilter Premium cloth seat trim  Rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light  Lower body side sill extensions  5.8" color touch-screen display
  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  Chrome exhaust finisher SiriusXM® Travel Link®
  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  Rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light  Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with in-cabin microfilter 
    SiriusXM® Satellite Radio Premium sport cloth seat trim  Dual power heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators  Driver’s seatback pocket
      Heated front seats  Driver’s seatback pocket   

 

We recommend

The Sentra is a well-equipped midsize sedan, it has everything a family sedan offers at an affordable price as well. But instead of going for the base model go for the SV trim as it has both CVT transmission with upgraded infotainment. If you have some extra cash reserved go for the SR or the SR turbo, as they are not just sportier but are way more functional and versatile as well.    

2017 Nissan Sentra Engine

6.5/10

“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 base model, Sentra S features a 1.8L, four-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed manual.  This 130 hp engine produces 128 lbs.-ft. of torque and run on front-wheel drivetrain. The Sentra also gets an engine upgrade for the SR turbo featuring a more powerful 1.6L, 188hp turbo charged engine with 6-speed manual that produces 177 lbs.-ft. of torque.

Moving up to the competition, the Sentra is not the most powerful car around unless you start comparing the SR turbo.  As for the base models the Kia Forte LX and the Hyundai Elantra has the best in class powerhouses, producing same amount of torque, only the Kia is more affordable. The Corolla it is a bit less powerful than the Sentra but has same performance.   

Models

Nissan Sentra s

Kia forte LX

Toyota Corolla (SE)

Hyundai elantra SE

MSRP

$16,990

$17,600

$20,445

$18,150

Engine

1.8L I4

2.0L I4 DOHC D-CVVT MPI

1.8L I-4 DOHC Dual VVT-i

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

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-Speed Automatic

CVT automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

130-hp @ 6,000 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

128 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

147 @ 6200 rpm

Torque

128 lbs.-ft. @ 3,600 rpm 

132 lb-ft. @ 4500 rpm

132 bhp @ 6000 rpm

132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

Acceleration

The Nissan Sentra S features a manual 6-speed transmission for a 130hp car which is bit on the odd side, the Sentra takes 9.6 sec to get from 0-60 mph and hits the quarter mile margin in 17.2 sec. For a 130hp car it’s impressive but when it comes to engine performance, well it’s a turn off. The SR Turbo performs way better but it is still not the best.

In terms of acceleration and engine performance Kia is on a different level, despite the fact that both the Hyundai Elantra and the Forte Lx has same engine and same torque output. The Corolla is on the same level as the Nissan, but the Hyundai is way slower and compared to Kia Forte it is now where around.  

Models

Nissan Sentra s

Kia forte LX

Toyota Corolla (SE)

Hyundai elantra SE

0-60 MPH

9.6 sec

6.6 sec

9.5 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter mile

17.2 sec

15.2 sec

17.4 sec

16.9 sec

Engine

1.8L

2.0L

1.8L

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.9

5.5

5.7

5.3

Handling and Steering

The Sentra is a regular midsize family sedan and it is a perfect fit for daily commute. It has four-wheel independent suspension, power steering, comfortable interiors, CVT transmission and cruise, to ensure an easy hassle-free ride. It has everything to impress you while driving until you go hard on the pedals.

The Sentra S is not a bit on the sporty side, it is just designed to get the work done as a daily commute vehicle, it has laggy acceleration, numb steering, manual transmission does perform up to the mark, and it lacks mobility as well.  The SR turbo on other hand has sport tuned suspension, precise handling, fast acceleration and the manual transmission works perfectly for the sportiness the Sentra S lacks.

Braking

Just like any other midsize sedan the Sentra features ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes with four-wheel anti-lock braking system, it takes 156 ft. to get from 70-0 mph.  The Sentra weighs only 2823 lbs., and for a 130 hp car it doesn’t need strong brakes. Coming up to the competition the Sentra leads the segment in terms of braking.

The Kia forte despite being such a fast accelerating car features small and weak brakes and takes 117 ft. to get from 70-0 mph, and that is a lot of distance to cover. And things are pretty much same for other competitors.  

Model

Nissan Sentra s

Kia forte LX

Toyota Corolla (SE)

Hyundai elantra SE

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

11

10.8

11.0

Brake Rear (in.)

11.0

10.3

9

8.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2823

2,804

2,885

2,812

70-0 MPH (ft.)

156

176

183

179

2017 Nissan Sentra Fuel Economy

8.3/10

The Nissan Sentra has pretty impressive fuel economy. It has an average mileage of 27/35 mpg with a combined mileage of 30 mpg. Well, the Sentra is not the best in the class but its fuel economy is impressive for a midsize sedan. As you move up the fuel economy changes due to more powerful engine.

The Hyundai Elantra SE has the best in class fuel economy followed by the Kia Forte and Corolla SE. Compared to the Sentra there is not much difference in the fuel economy any of the competitor offering.  

Model

Nissan Sentra s

Kia forte LX

Toyota Corolla (SE)

Hyundai elantra SE

MPG (city)

27

29

28

29

MPG (highway)

35

38

35

38

MPG (combined)

30

32

31

33

2017 Nissan Sentra Interior

6.3/10

“The cabin's design is nothing fancy, but the quality of both materials and construction is good. Other noteworthy strengths include NissanConnect, a system that allows the driver to take advantage of smartphone-based apps such as Google search using the available 5.8-inch touchscreen.”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

As we all know the Sentra has most spacious interior in whole class but, when it comes to quality it is average, well affordable cars do have some draw backs. The Sentra has 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel with its odd looking triangular design, it has 6-way manual driver’s seat and 4-way manual passenger seat with cloth upholstery and non-foldable rear seat with center arm-rest.   

The Comfort level is average, quality is average, has some soft touch material on door panels and at the rearview mirror, a standard infotainment system and air-conditioning. As for the functionality and versatility the Sentra has several interior storage compartments, the infotainment system can also be upgraded with some high-end features and has several mounted buttons for different controls in one-hands reach.   

Model

Nissan Sentra s

Kia forte LX

Toyota Corolla (SE)

Hyundai elantra SE

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.4/54.7/42.5

39.1/56.1/42.2

38.0/54.8/42.3

38.8/56.2/42.2

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.7/53.9/37.4

37.3/54.9/35.9

37.1/54.8/41.4

37.3/55.3/35.7

 

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
  • 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

Infotainment System

When it comes to the Infotainment system the Sentra does not really have much to offers, but considering its market value you can’t expect much, well it might not be something special but, at least it gets the work done. The Sentra features AM/FM stereo, a seat 4-speakers, auxiliary input, USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Sentra do feature some packages to upgrade the standard infotainment system, but as you go up the infotainment gets way better and more advance and functional.

Cargo volume

The Sentra has best in class cargo space, it features a 15.1 cubic foot of cargo volume, for a midsize sedan the boot space is pretty satisfactory. Other than Sentra its competitors the Kia Forte and Hyundai also have enough cargo space as per their standards. As for the Corolla , a normal coupe offers better boot space than it.

Model

Nissan Sentra s

Kia forte LX

Toyota Corolla (SE)

Hyundai elantra SE

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

15.1

14.9

13.0

14.4

2017 Nissan Sentra Exterior

6.7/10

“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

Dimension and Weight

The Sentra S is 182.1 inches long and 69.3 inches wide with a body height of 58.9 inch that spares enough space to features the most spacious interior in the whole class. It has 6.4 inch of ground clearance and 106.3 inch of wheelbase, that makes it easier to drive on uneven surfaces. Despite its massive ground clearance and spacious interior, the Sentra is a sleek compact looking sedan.

When it comes to designing the Sentra S does not have much difference than the older model, but as Nissan decided to step things up, the higher trim levels are more intimidating and sportier. As for the Sentra S it does gets side sills, auto headlights, Nissan Standard grille and a curvy aerodynamic body.  You also get some packages for boosting up the looks of your Sentra.

Model

Nissan Sentra s

Kia forte LX

Toyota Corolla (SE)

Hyundai elantra SE

Curb weight (lbs.)

2823

2,804

2,885

2,812

Length(in)

182.1

179.5

183.1

179.9

Width(in)

69.3

70.1

69.9

70.9

Height(in)

58.9

56.3

57.3

56.5

Ground clearance (in)

6.4

5.3

6.7

5.3

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

60.2/60.2

61.5/62.0

59.8/59.9

61.5/61.9

Exterior Feature

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

2017 Nissan Sentra Safety

5.9/10

The Nissan Sentra is not loaded with tons safety features, and hardly have some high-end features for the base model, but everything it features is more than enough for a daily commute family sedan. The Sentra comes standard with front, rear and dual side-mounted airbags, rear child safety locks, engine immobilizer, airbag occupant sensing deactivation and tire pressure monitor.

Other than that, it features, stability control, traction control, auto-delay off headlamps, dusk sensing headlamps, emergency braking assists and rear center 3-point belt. The safety features do not get any major upgrades as you move up to the higher trim levels. Well, the Sentra has also been rated by the NHTSA and IIHS with a 4-star overall rating.       

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dualstage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant-classification sensor
  • Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • 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 Competition

Kia Forte LX

The Kia Forte LX is $17,600 car with a 147hp engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Compared to the Sentra the Kia LX is pretty much same in exterior and interior dimension as well as the boot space. There is not much difference in the fuel economy as well. In terms of performance the Forte is way better than the Sentra can ever be and that’s the only advantage.

The Kia LX is sure offers better performance but it is a bit on the downside when it comes to the comfort, interior quality and functionality compared to the Sentra.  

Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is pretty popular car and has a huge fan following. The corolla also have several trim levels just like the Sentra to suits every requirement of a mid-size sedan. The Corolla also suffers in terms ride quality and engine performance just like the Sentra. With a base price of $20,445 the Corolla is a tough competitor for both the Sentra and the Kia.

The Corolla features a bit less powerful 128hp engine but has the same performance, it has same body dimension and almost the same weight. The Corolla has better fuel efficiency, but weak braking and less cargo space. Compared to the Sentra the Corolla has better rear side interior space, and in terms of quality and exterior interior designing the Corolla is better than the Sentra and so it the additional $3,500.      

2017 Nissan Sentra Final Verdict

The Sentra is an affordable mid-size sedan designed to fulfill the need of a small family or handling daily commute. It is not only spacious, but is pretty functional as well, it has 5-seating capacity, enough cargo space, impressive fuel economy, infotainment system and more than enough safety features and so it stand up to the standard of a family sedan.

The Sentra S does have several drawbacks and there are other options that are better than the Sentra S as well but not for the same price. Well, you can go for the other manufactures but can also move up to the higher trims. The SV, SR and SL trim levels has much more to offers without spending more than $4,000.


 

Pros

Spacious cabin

Huge Cargo Space

Affordable Price

Low cost of ownership

Cons

Low quality interiors

Fuel Economy not best in the class

Low steering feedback

What's New?

Technology Package

Better Sound insulation

SR Turbo model



Styles

 2017 Nissan Sentra in Fresh Powder color  2017 Nissan Sentra in Deep Blue Pearl color  2017 Nissan Sentra in Cayenne Red color  2017 Nissan Sentra in Brilliant Silver color  2017 Nissan Sentra in Aspen White color
Fresh Powder

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Ratings

Safety

5.9

Exterior

6.7

Engine

6.5

Interior

6.3

Fuel Economy

8.3

Features

7.1

Comfort

7.0

Driving

8.3

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Nissan Sentra S

S

power
124 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$16,990 - $18,090


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $16,990 MSRP (27/30/35) 130 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5   Aspen White
  Brilliant Silver
  Cayenne Red
  Deep Blue Pearl
  Fresh Powder
S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $18,090 MSRP (29/32/37) 124 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 5   Aspen White
  Brilliant Silver
  Cayenne Red
  Deep Blue Pearl
  Fresh Powder

 2017 Nissan Sentra SV

SV

power
124 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$18,840


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $18,840 MSRP (29/32/37) 124 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
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cvt front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Nissan Sentra SR

SR

power
124 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$19,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $19,990 MSRP (29/32/37) 124 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 5   Aspen White
  Brilliant Silver
  Cayenne Red
  Deep Blue Pearl
  Fresh Powder

 2017 Nissan Sentra SL

SL

power
124 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$21,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $21,500 MSRP (29/32/37) 124 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
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cvt front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Nissan Sentra SR TURBO

SR TURBO

power
188 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
29 combined

$21,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR TURBO 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $21,990 MSRP (26/28/32) 188 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5   Aspen White
  Brilliant Silver
  Cayenne Red
  Deep Blue Pearl
  Fresh Powder
SR TURBO 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $21,990 MSRP (27/29/33) 188 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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cvt front wheel drive 5   Aspen White
  Brilliant Silver
  Cayenne Red
  Deep Blue Pearl
  Fresh Powder

 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO

NISMO

power
188 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$24,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
NISMO 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $24,990 MSRP (25/27/31) 188 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5   Aspen White
  Brilliant Silver
  Cayenne Red
  Deep Blue Pearl
  Fresh Powder
NISMO 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $24,990 MSRP (25/27/30) 188 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 5   Aspen White
  Brilliant Silver
  Cayenne Red
  Deep Blue Pearl
  Fresh Powder