2018 Nissan Sentra

MSRP $16,990 - $23,440

Ranked #14 in Sedan

5.9

Overall Rating

2018 Nissan Sentra Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 23, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Nissan Sentra has a starting price of $16,990 and $23,440 for the high-end SL model. There are no major changes from the previous model except for additional standard features. The 2018 Nissan Sentra sedan is offered in S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, and SL trim levels.

The cockpit of the 2018 Nissan Sentra features an easy cabin layout and a tall upright posture that gives superb outward visibility. The base 130 horsepower 1.8L naturally aspirated engine is designed to meet only the most basic requirements. While the available 188 horsepower 1.6L turbocharged inline-4 promises more. You can choose from either a 6-speed manual transmission or CVT.  

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Pros

Expansive Interiors

Capacious Boot

Decently equipped base trim

Bang for the Buck

Cons

Boring performance

Interior not as nice as rivals

Plenty of cost-cutting measures

What's New?

All automatic transmission equipped 2018 Sentra get Automatic Emergency Braking

Rearview Monitor is standard

Sentra SV gets 16-inch wheels and standard dual-zone climate control


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16990

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

120 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.

towing capacity

12700 lbs.

payload capacity

933 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.4 sec.

zero to 100 mph

17.5 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

7.9

standing 1/4-mile

17.8 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

156 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/30/35 mpg

highway range

731.4 mi.

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


Pictures & Videos


Trims

S$16,990 onwards

SV$19,085 onwards

SR$20,500 onwards

SR TURBO$22,200 onwards

SL$23,440 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Nissan Sentra in Aspen White color
Aspen White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine and Performance

4.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.7

Exterior

4.0

Safety

6.0

5.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

5.9

Overall Rating


"The 2018 Nissan Sentra is a compact car that does what it says on the package: it’s roomy, quiet, and relatively affordable." - The Car Connection

The 2018 Nissan Sentra has a basic design and reasonable pricing. There is plenty of cargo space as well as passenger space. The Sentra has a vast list of possible comforts as well as updated safety technologies such as adaptive cruise control and automatic braking. Nissan's Sentra has two engine options for 2018. The S, SV, SR, and SL all have a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with 130 horsepower, while the SR Turbo has a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with 188 horsepower.

The 2018 Nissan Sentra starts at $16,990 and tops out at $23,440 for the top-of-the-line SL trim. The 2018 Nissan Sentra features minor changes from the previous model. All models now include a 5.0-inch color screen with a backup camera and autonomous emergency braking. Adaptive cruise control is now standard on the SR and SL models, while dual-zone climate control is also standard on the SV.


6.0/10
Features

4.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.7/10
Interior

4.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2018 Nissan Sentra Features

6.0/10

Starting at just $16,990, the Sentra S is one of the cheapest compact cars on the market. It gets the base 1.8L naturally aspirated I4 mated to 6-speed manual. However, we strongly recommended upgrading it with optional CVT that takes the price to $18,275.

2018 Nissan Sentra

The 188 hp 1.6L turbocharged I4 bangs in with SR Turbo are priced at $22,490. The Sentra SL retailing at $23,440 is the most well-equipped trim. However, the pricing takes away the value proposition of the car.

Trims S SV SR SR Turbo SL
MSRP $16,990 $19,085 $20,500 $22490 $23,440
Key Features 1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine Includes S features plus: Includes SV features plus: Includes SR features plus: Includes SV features plus:
  Bluetooth streaming audio Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) 17″ aluminum-alloy wheels 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) Turbocharged Engine Leather-appointed seats
  Automatic Emergency Braking Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition LED low-beam projector headlights with LED accents Tuned suspension and steering Intelligent Cruise Control
  RearView Monitor Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with in-cabin microfilter Premium Sport cloth seat trim 11.7″ front ventilated disc brakes Power sliding glass moonroof with tilt feature
  Advanced Drive-Assist Display with 5″ color display Premium Cloth Seats and Door Trim Heated front seats Power sliding glass moonroof with tilt feature Fog lights
      Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC)   Bose Premium Audio System with eight speakers

We Recommend

Nissan Sentra is a value-for-money purchase and we recommend sticking with lower trims. Optioning the CVT is a must but a CVT-equipped base Sentra S is just marginally cheaper than the Sentra SV equipped with Dual-zone automatic climate control, premium cloth upholstery, and push-button start. Hence, all this puzzle-solving leads us to the Sentra SV priced at $19,085 – we recommend going for it.

2018 Nissan Sentra Engine and Performance

4.0/10

Power is sufficient, but a drive in the mountains with a few on board will make you wish for more. – Kelley Blue Book

2018 Nissan Sentra Engine and Transmission

Keeping with Sentra’s mission of providing fuss-free transportation, a smooth but unexciting 1.8L engine does the job of hauling the large cabin. It’s effortless in city and highway but it feels stressed on steep grades or when you ask for more acceleration. Steering and suspension follow the same philosophy – they are perfectly satisfactory for safe comfortable transportation but not exciting.

2018 Nissan Sentra engine bay

The Nissan Sentra gets a standard 1.8L naturally aspirated Inline-4 developing 130 hp and 128 lb-ft torque. This engine develops power smoothly but lacks any hint of excitement. It’s mated to a 6-speed manual as standard in base Sentra S. However, the manual transmission is too crude and we recommend upgrading to the CVT. The CVT suits Sentra’s laid-back character.

Models 2018 Nissan Sentra 2018 Honda Civic 2018 Toyota  Corolla 2018 Chevrolet Cruze
MSRP $16,990 $18,840 $21,715 $17,850
Engine 1.8-Liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine 2.0-Liter 4-cylinder engine 1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC engine 1.4-Liter ECOTEC DOHC turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
Power 130 hp @ 6000 rpm 158 hp @ 6500 rpm 132 hp @ 6000 rpm 153 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque 128 lb-ft. @ 3600 rpm 138 lbs-ft. @ 4200 rpm 128 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm 177 lbs-ft. @ 2000 rpm

It uses the available power much more efficiently and effortlessly. An added bonus is the excellent fuel economy. The Sentra SR turbo gets the much more powerful turbocharged 1.6L Inline-4 developing 188 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. However, if you need sportiness at this price range, rivals like the Ford Focus ST are more complete option with more power, better chassis, and livelier steering.

2018 Nissan Sentra Acceleration

Acceleration figures are the last thing Nissan engineers will like to talk about Sentra equipped with the base 1.8L engine. It’s among slowest compact cars with 0-60 mph time of 9.5 seconds. The Sentra equipped with 188 hp 1.6L turbo 4 is much quicker with 0-60 time of 7.0 seconds.

Models 2018 Nissan Sentra 2018 Honda Civic 2018 Toyota Corolla 2018 Chevrolet Cruze
0-60 MPH 9.5 sec 8.6 sec 9.5 sec 8.1 sec
Quarter mile 17.4 sec @ 81 mph 16.7 @ 86.1 mph 17.4 sec @ 83 mph 16.2 @ 86 mph
Engine 1.8L 2.0L 1.8L 1.4L

Emission

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

5.9 5.5 5.9 5.5

2018 Nissan Sentra Ride and Handling

The Sentra is not a car that will intoxicate you barreling down a twisty mountain road. Rather, it offers safe, confident steering that provides excellent highway stability and still manages to be light in the city. Nissan stiffened the spring rates in 2016 to keep body rolls in check but while the competitors sportfully independent rear suspension, Sentra has an old-school torsion beam rear suspension.

2018 Nissan Sentra Braking

The Sentra gets 11.0-inch brake rotors in front wheels and 9.0-inch brake rotors at the back. The sedan has a bit too sensitive brake pedal that can be particularly annoying in stop-and-go traffic. However, Sentra posts one of the best panic braking performances among competitors and it can stop from 70 mph in 122 feet.

Model 2018 Nissan Sentra 2018 Honda Civic 2018 Toyota Corolla 2018 Chevrolet Cruze
Brake Front (in) 11.0 11.1 10.8 10.8
Brake Rear (in) 9.0 10.2 10.2 10.5
Curb Weight (lbs) 2866 2790 2860 2932
60-0 MPH (ft.) 122 127 130 121

2018 Nissan Sentra Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The sedan's base equipped with the 1.8L I4 and 6-speed manual delivers 27 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. However, equipping the must-have CVT ups the MPG ratings. The CVT equipped Sentra with 1.8L engine delivers 29 mpg in city and 37 mpg on the highway. The powerful 1.6L Turbo-I4 equipped Sentra produces an acceptable 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

Model 2018 Nissan Sentra 2018 Honda Civic 2018 Toyota Corolla 2018 Chevrolet Cruze
MPG (city) 27 28 27 28
MPG (highway) 35 40 35 39
MPG (combined) 30 32 30 32

2018 Nissan Sentra Interior

7.7/10

The Sentra is straightforward and user-friendly, with controls that don’t require navigating any high-tech interface. Visibility is also quite good, and the trunk is large. It’s one of the more sensible compact cars. – Edmunds

The Sentra offers one of the most spacious interiors among compact cars and the trunk is equally generous. The 60/40 split seat provides added flexibility. High driving position offers excellent visibility and the acoustic glass keeps outside noise outside. However, competitors have more upscale interior quality.

2018 Nissan Sentra Seating and Comfort

If spaciousness means comfort to you, the sedan's interior will impress you. The front seats offer good legroom and shoulder room and even with the moon-roof, the tall boxy design offers excellent headroom. The tall design and the high driver’s seat also combine to offer an excellent driving position with effortless outward visibility.

Model 2018 Nissan Sentra 2018 Honda Civic 2018 Toyota Corolla 2018 Chevrolet Cruze
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume(ft cube) 95.9 97.8 97.5 93.5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.4/54.7/42.5 39.3/57/42.3 38.0/54.8/42.3 38.9/54.9/42.0
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

36.7/53.9/37.4 37.1/55/37.4 37.1/54.8/41.4 37.3/53.2/36.1

The rear seats are equally expansive and even an adult passenger will find it easy to get comfortable in the rear middle seat. However, the cabin quality leaves you asking for more if you drive a competitor like the Honda Civic back to back.

2018 Nissan Sentra Infotainment System

The base Sentra S gets a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system while you can opt for a larger 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment on higher trims. The Sentra SL gets the 5.8-inch touchscreen as standard. Audiophiles are catered to with the available eight-speaker Bose audio system. However, Nissan does not offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in Sentra.

2018 Nissan Sentra Cargo Capacity

At 15.1 cubic feet, the sedan offers one of the most cavernous trunks in the compact car class. The 60/40 split rear seat and wide pass-through ensures added flexibility when carrying longer items and three passengers.

Model 2018 Nissan Sentra 2018 Honda Civic 2018 Toyota Corolla 2018 Chevrolet Cruze
Trunk volume (ft.cube) 15.1 15.1 13.0 14.8

2018 Nissan Sentra Exterior

4.0/10

The 2018 Sentra is well proportioned and attractive. Its design closely mimics the shape of Nissan’s larger Altima sedan with athletic curves and a subtle flare of its wheel wells. – Kelley Blue Book

The Nissan Sentra received a major facelift in 2016 to bring it in-line with the new Nissan V motion design language. The design is not overly busy but does give this compact sedan some road presence. It does feel noticeably taller than the competitors because it is.

You can equip even the base Sentra S with a Deck-lid spoiler but if you are looking for racy highlights, why not go completely bonkers and get the Midnight trims. These dark Sentras possess black wheels, black spoiler, black mirrors and plenty of other mean highlights and they cost just over a thousand dollar over the comparable trim.

2018 Nissan Sentra Dimension and Weight

The Nissan Sentra weighs average among the competition and its overall length, width and wheelbase is nothing different compared to other compact cars implying it’s as suited to tight parking spaces as other compact cars. However, its tallest compact car and its higher driving position afford you better outside visibility – a boon in city traffic.

Model 2018 Nissan Sentra 2018 Honda Civic 2018 Toyota Corolla 2018 Chevrolet Cruze
curb weight(lbs) 2866 2790 2860 2932
Length(in) 182.1 182.3 183.1 183.7
Width(in) 69.3 70.8 69.9 70.5
Height(in) 58.9 55.7 57.3 57.4
Ground clearance(in) 6.4 5.9 6.7 6.4
Wheelbase(in) 106.3 106.3 106.3 106.3
Track width(in) F/R 60.2/60.2 60.9/61.5 59.8/59.9 60.7/61.3

2018 Nissan Sentra Safety

6.0/10

Impressively, all the CVT equipped the Nissan now gets automatic emergency braking as standard. A rearview camera is standard as well as it’s now a regulatory requirement. Along with these, the optional Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control complete the available active safety features and driver assistance systems list.

Safety features

  • VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Rear Child Safety Locks

The 2018 Nissan Sentra has performed well in IIHS crash test.

Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side N/A
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

However, IIHS has rated the Nissan Sentra headlights as “poor”.

Crashworthiness
Front crash prevention Superior
Headlights Poor

2018 Nissan Sentra Competition

Nissan Sentra vs Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is frequently called the best available compact car and for good reasons. It magically blends terrific fuel economy with an enthusiastic engine. It rides comfortably and offers corner craving dynamics as well. Its interior is attractive and features loaded and it’s priced competently too. However, the Sentra is more spacious and is priced more competently as well.

Nissan Sentra vs Toyota Corolla

The Corolla is the car that defines the compact-car segment and has the distinction of best-selling car in the world. The reason is simple – immense practicality, bulletproof reliability, sofa-like rear seats with unbelievable legroom for a compact car and excellent value for money. It’s a perfect point A to B tool. But so is the Sentra at a lower price. However, the Sentra lacks the Corolla’s upscale interior.

Nissan Sentra vs Chevy Cruze

The Chevy Cruze is one of the cushiest and most refined compact car available. It also gets plenty of upscale features as standard and there is even a turbodiesel engine on offer – at a cost. However, the Sentra is considerably roomier inside and is priced much more competently. Still, if you need a comfortable and feature loaded compact car, the Cruze is an excellent choice.

2018 Nissan Sentra Final Verdict

If you are looking for a decently comfortable and spacious urban runabout at a budget, the 2018 Nissan Sentra should rank high on your lists. It’s one of few compact cars that can carry five passengers in comfort.

The smooth ride and excellent high-speed stability combine with quiet interiors and spacious boot to make this compact car viable for long road trips with family. Plus, the Sentras are known to be reliable and fetch good value in used car market. However, the interior feels it’s built at a cost and the powertrain is not remotely exciting. Fuel efficiency could be better as well.

There is nothing wrong with the Sentra but if you can spend a little more, you can bring such complete cars as the applauded Honda Civic and Mazda 3 in your garage. That said, the Sentra makes a decent case for itself if you find cabin quality and trendy features to be capitalism focused and simply desire a spacious daily driver at a budget.


2018 Nissan Sentra FAQs

How much does the 2018 Nissan Sentra cost?

The 2018 Nissan Sentra starts at just $16,990 and goes all the way up to $23,440 for the high-end SL trim. 

How fast is the 2018 Nissan Sentra?

The Nissan Sentra will sprint from 0-60 miles per hour in 8.3 seconds and finish the standing quarter-mile in 16.3 seconds. It also has a top speed of 122 mph.

How economical is the 2018 Nissan Sentra?

 The 6-speed manual Nissan Sentra returns 27 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the interstate. The CVT-equipped Sentra has a city fuel economy of 29 mpg and a highway fuel economy of 37 mpg. The 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 gets 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

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