2016 Nissan Sentra SV Sedan Pricing & Features

2016 Nissan Sentra Sedan
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested

2016 Nissan Sentra SL Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. CVT Automatic)

Driven On 2/16/2016

Ratings Summary

The Nissan Sentra has been revised for 2016 with better tech, revised styling and generally more refinement than before, but it's up against a brood of compact sedans that are each some combination of more upscale, comfortable and/or engaging.
Performance Performance is not a Sentra strong suit -- far from it. Acceleration is among the class worst and braking and handling are simply acceptable. It is free of overtly bad habits, though, so while unremarkable to drive, it isn't iritating during A-to-B transport either.
Poor acceleration, whether from a standstill or when passing. The 130-horsepower four-cylinder and continuously variable automatic deliver a 0-60-mph time of 10 seconds, making it one of the slowest cars in the class.
The brakes require a light foot in traffic, where inputs can be sensitive but overall performance is fine and inspires confidence. In our simulated panic stop from 60 mph, the Sentra came to a stop in an average distance of 124 feet.
The Sentra thankfully lacks the heavy at low speeds, light at high speeds effort of pricier Nissans. Effort appropriate for easy commuting and parking lots. Feedback is sufficient, but like steering in general, trails class best.
Handling is adequate. It's not confidence-reducing, but rivals provide a greater sense of control. Some body roll, but well managed. Outmatched by most competitors on winding roads.
Smoothly gets under way and humbly goes about its business in traffic or when running errands. An easy car to drive as long as you aren't in a hurry. Available adaptive cruise control system is one of the best we've tested in any car, period.
Comfort The Sentra can be a quiet, comfortable-riding compact sedan. The trouble is that many rivals are as well, while at the same time providing superior marks in most other areas. The oddly high-mounted seats were an annoyance for several taller editors.
Seating Comfort
At first glance, the Sentra offers compelling value: low price, big cabin, competitive interior quality and an achievable, high MPG figure. When stacked up to competitors, though, it falls
Ride Comfort
Ride comfort is a strong suit for the Sentra. Small-but-sharp city driving bumps are felt, but not unbearably so, and the highway ride is smooth and composed.
The Sentra can be impressively quiet for a compact sedan as long as you go easy on the throttle. If you don't, the underpowered engine and CVT conspire to produce loud droning noises akin to an enormous blender.
Interior While many rivals are trendy and tech-heavy (often frustratingly so), the Sentra is classy and user-friendly. You don't have to be 22 to understand how things work. Visibility is also quite good and the trunk is large. One of the more sensible compact cars.
Infotainment screen is small, but refreshingly easy to use with logical, easy-to-read virtual buttons. Everything important is within reach from the driver's seat including the logical, albeit small, steering wheel controls.
Getting in and out of both the front and back seat is a breeze (the oddly high seats help here at least). Large door openings and high windows make for easy entry into this tall-roofed sedan.
The Sentra has a large back seat with plenty of space for adults. The seats are oddly, noticably high (especially the front passenger). People of above-average-to-tall height reported feeling out of place. Shorter drivers may appreciate the view.
Large windows and mirrors provide good all-around visibility. A rearview camera is standard on all but base trim. Blind-spot warning and rear-cross traffic alert are standard on SL; SR and SL can have forward collision warning with auto braking.
Its 15.1-cubic-foot trunk is very large, but similar to Civic's. The Sentra's 60/40-split-folding seat provides versatility, but many competitors offer hatchback configurations. Center console storage and cupholders are sufficient -- nothing clever.
Value At first glance, the Sentra offers compelling value: low price, big cabin, competitive interior quality and an achievable, high MPG figure. But given its lack of performance and overall refinement, the Sentra falls short of the class leaders.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Lacks the near-luxury polish of a Honda Civic or VW Golf, but nevertheless good for the segment. Frequently touched surfaces (center console/elbow rests) are well padded and made from quality materials. Switchgear doesn't feel cheap.
Features(vs. $)
The base Sentra is equipped/priced similarly to Mazda 3 and Ford Focus, but about $1,000 more than Kia Forte. Base Honda Civic is pricier. A loaded SL stickers around $26,000, but comes with generous levels of equipment which can be even more expensive on rivals.
The Sentra provides competitive value from a features perspective and plenty of practicality for the money. Its lack of performance and refinement relative to class leaders explains the lower price.
The Sentra achieves an EPA-estimated 34 mpg combined (29 city/38 highway). That basically matches class-best Civic 1.5T and Mazda 3i, but those don't suffer an acceleration trade-off. Achieved excellent 37.7 mpg on our evaluation route.
Nissan offers a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. This is typical coverage for the class and only a few competitors do better.
Roadside assistance is available for 3 years/36,000 miles. This is also typical for the segment.
Fun To Drive The Sentra has a point-A-to-B sensibility about it that doesn't exactly exude "fun." Top rivals manage to be similarly quiet, comfortable and practical while also being able to put a smile on your face.
Driving Experience
Press the start button, put the shifter in D and gingerly massage the accelerator with your foot. If you do, the Sentra will be a no-nonsense commuter. Looking for anything more will result in disappointment.
Styling is a plus for the Sentra, with some sharp lines and an improved look from the previous generation, but there isn't much personality exuding from this car. Rivals like the Honda Civic, Kia Forte, Mazda 3 and VW Golf seem more special.
Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2016 Nissan Sentra Sedan in VA is:

$63.00 per month*

Features and Specs for the 2016 Nissan Sentra Sedan


  • FUEL ECONOMY (CTY/HWY) 29/38 mpg
  • CAR TYPE Sedan
  • TRANSMISSION Continuously Variable-speed Automatic
  • BASIC WARRANTY 3 Yr./ 36000 Mi.
  • CYLINDERS Inline 4
  • DRIVE TRAIN Front Wheel Drive


Exterior Colors

Aspen White Brilliant Silver Cayenne Red Deep Blue Pearl Fresh Powder Graphite Blue Gun Metallic Red Alert Super Black Titanium

Interior Colors

Charcoal, premium cloth Marble Gray, premium cloth


LENGTH 15ft 2.1in
WIDTH 5ft 9.3in
4ft 10.9in
0ft 6.4in
Body style illustration may not reflect the actual shape of this vehicle.

Exterior Measurements

0 ft. 6.4 in. (6.4 in.) 4 ft. 10.9 in. (58.9 in.)
15 ft. 2.1 in. (182.1 in.) 8 ft. 10.3 in. (106.3 in.)
5 ft. 9.3 in. (69.3 in.)

Interior Measurements

39.4 in. 50.9 in.
42.5 in. 54.7 in.
36.7 in. 50.1 in.
37.4 in. 53.9 in.


32 29/38 mpg
13.2 gal. Regular unleaded
382.8/501.6 mi.

Weights and Capacities

2877 lbs. 111.0 cu.ft.
3823 lbs. 946 lbs.
15.1 cu.ft.
** When adequately equipped, which may require engine and/or other drivetrain upgrades.


Front wheel drive Continuously variable-speed automatic

Engine & Performance

1.8 L Gas
Double overhead cam (DOHC) Inline 4
130 hp @ 6000 rpm 128 ft-lbs. @ 3600 rpm
34.8 ft. Variable


  • Front independent suspension

  • Front and rear stabilizer bar


3 yr./ 36000 mi. 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Interior Features

Front Seats

  • 4 -way manual passenger seat adjustment

  • 6 -way manual driver seat adjustments

  • Bucket front seats

  • Height adjustable driver seat

  • Premium cloth

Rear Seats

  • Folding center armrest

  • Split-folding rear seatback

Power Features

  • 1 one-touch power windows

  • Hands-free entry

  • Heated mirrors


  • Clock

  • External temperature display

  • Tachometer

  • Trip computer


  • Cruise control

  • Electric power steering

  • Front and rear cupholders

  • Front and rear door pockets

  • Keyless ignition

  • Rear view camera

  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel

  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel

  • Destination Download*

  • Destination guidance (also Turn-by-Turn Navigation)*


  • Interior air filtration

  • Leather steering wheel

  • Air conditioning

  • Dual vanity mirrors

In Car Entertainment

  • 3 Months of provided satellite radio service

  • 6 total speakers

  • USB connection

  • Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control

  • Satellite radio satellite radio

  • Speed sensitive volume control

  • AM/FM stereo


Exterior Features

Roof and Glass

  • Rear defogger

  • Variable intermittent wipers

Tires and Wheels

  • Full wheel covers

  • Inside mounted spare tire

  • Steel wheels

  • Temporary spare tire

  • 16 x 6.5 in. wheels

  • All season tires

  • P205/55R16 tires

Safety Features

  • 2 front headrests

  • 2 rear headrests

  • Auto delay off headlamps

  • Child seat anchors

  • Dual front side-mounted airbags

  • Dusk sensing headlamps

  • Engine immobilizer

  • Front and rear head airbags

  • Remote anti-theft alarm system

  • Stability control

  • Tire pressure monitoring

  • Traction control

  • 4-wheel ABS

  • Emergency braking assist

  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation

  • Rear center 3-point belt

  • Rear door child safety locks

  • Rear height adjustable headrests

  • Ventilated front disc / rear drum brakes

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2016 Nissan Sentra Sedan in VA is:

$63.00 per month*



  • Electronics Package

  • Protection Package

  • Driver's Assist Package

  • All Weather package

  • Style Package

Exterior Options

  • Fog Lights w/Auto Headlights

  • Rear Spoiler

  • Splash Guards Body Colored (4 Piece)

  • 16" Alloy Wheels

  • Premium Paint

Interior Options

  • Carpeted Floor Mats w/Trunk Mat

  • Hide-A-Way Trunk Net

  • Sill Plate Protector

  • Illuminated Kick Plates

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