LOS ANGELES — Three years after a full redesign of the Nissan Sentra, the economical sedan receives a styling update as well as interior improvements and additional safety features.
The new exterior styling treatments bring the 2016 Sentra in line with Nissan's current design language that debuted with the 2015 Nissan Murano. The Sentra's V-shaped grille isn't quite as exaggerated as the one on the Murano or Nissan Maxima, and the boomerang headlights give the new Sentra's fascia a more contemporary look.
Inside, the 2016 Sentra receives a new steering wheel, better materials, an available power driver seat with lumbar adjustments, a redesigned center stack and audio controls, mobile entertainment apps and an improved driver information display (particularly for higher trims that also receive Siri Eyes Free voice recognition).
Additional safety options are also new for the 2016 Sentra in its midrange trims. These include a blind spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alerts and NissanConnect emergency telematics with vehicle monitoring. Forward collision mitigation is paired with an adaptive cruise control option for the top SR and SL trims.
There are no changes under the hood, as the Sentra continues with the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine as the current model. It's mated to either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
When the 2016 Nissan Sentra goes on sale in late December, the sedan will start at $17,605 for the base S trim with the manual transmission. A well equipped midrange SV trim will cross the $20,000 mark.
Edmunds says: This much-needed update to the Sentra should make it more competitive in a tough segment, but we would have liked to have seen an engine upgrade to give it more pep.