Inside and out, the face-lifted Sentra takes cues from Nissan’s new design language that debuted with the new Maxima and Altima. It gets updated interior styling, new safety tech and it’s priced starting at $16,780.
“For 2016, we’re giving our popular Sentra a complete makeover – that’s three-for-three for our top sedans,” says Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S.A., Nissan North America, Inc. “Like Altima, we’re taking a powerful nameplate and making it even better.”
Outside of its more aggressive look with updated taillights, boomerang-shaped headlights and V-shaped nose, inside you get updates like upgraded seat fabrics, a new steering wheel and shift knob. There is also a 5.9-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display between the tachometer and speedometer on the SV, SR and SL trims.
Under the hood, there’s just one engine choice. It’s a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that delivers 130 horsepower and 12 pound-feet of torque. You can get a six-speed manual on the base S trim. The rest of the range comes with CVT. Suspension gets a boost on the new model with a 10 percent increase in the spring and damper rates.
“The new Sentra launches from a position of real strength in the marketplace, especially with a starting price of $16,780,” added Diaz. “And for less than $20,000, customers can purchase a Sentra SV with Driver Assist Package, which includes the innovative active safety features customers highly desire and utilize on a daily basis – such as Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.”
Nissan says Sentra sales were up 9.7 percent though October. The 2016 model will hit the road by the end of the year.