You can drive off in an all-new 2016 Nissan Sentra for around $18,000.
The refreshed compact hit dealerships Wednesday. The base S trim with a 6-speed manual transmission starts at $17,615. That includes destination and handling charges. The top-of-the-line SL Xtronic goes for $23,005.
The Sentra takes on the same new design language and looks that rolled out with the Nissan Murano, Maxima and Altima. Basically, it looks more aggressive or maybe a better word is edgier. The Sentra gets new front and rear fascias, grille, fenders, hood and signature boomerang-shaped headlights along with taillights. 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are also available. The Sentra SR and SL trims add new LED low-beam headlights with LED signature accents.
Technology gets better too as you might expect. Some of Nissan’s Safety Shield Technologies will be available on the Sentra for the first time. They include Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The Sentra SV, SR and SL trim levels will also come with Siri Eyes Free Voice Recognition as standard equipment.
NissanConnect Services will also be available with a SiriusXM subscription. It offers emergency preparedness, remote access, customizable alerts and convenience services. The system also allows the driver to set customized alerts for family and friends – such as speed, curfew and boundary notifications.
Inside, the Sentra gets a bunch of upgrades. Those include a new steering wheel, new available power driver’s seat with power lumbar, and a new shifter nob. Some models will get a 5-inch screen Advanced Drive-Assist Display.
Under the hood, all trim levels come with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to an advanced Xtronic transmission. A 6-speed manual transmission is also available with the Sentra S.