2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO

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2017 Nissan Sentra
2017 Nissan Sentra

Pros

  • Spacious backseat and trunk for the class
  • Priced lower than many rivals
  • Easy-to-use tech interface

Cons

  • Slow acceleration on most models
  • Bluetooth streaming audio isn't standard on base models


Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

Got space? If you're buying a 2017 Nissan Sentra, the answer is an emphatic "yes!" This compact sedan stands out in its class by virtue of its uncommonly spacious interior, with a rear seat that rivals those of many midsize models in terms of head- and legroom. The same can be said of the Sentra's trunk, which offers nearly as much cargo capacity as those of some full-size sedans.

Nissan has been hard at work boosting the Senta's overall appeal, too. Last year's Sentra gained a more upscale look and feel to its cabin, along with a number of desirable standard features and options that make this affordable sedan seem less like a car you'd settle for and more like a car you'd actually want to drive. For 2017, the most notable upgrade is the new SR Turbo. Fitted with the 188-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter engine from the Nissan Juke crossover, it should liven things up quite a bit, as will its sport-tuned suspension, reworked steering and upgraded front brakes.

In short, there's a lot to like about the Sentra, especially considering its favorable pricing. But it's still a good idea to check out some other small sedans. One of our top choices this year is the Honda Civic, which has comparable turbocharged performance and interior room and is a little more stylish and fuel-efficient than the Sentra. If you want a sedan that's more refined and packed with more of the latest tech, check out the Mazda 3. We also recommend the Kia Forte if you're mostly after a sensible sedan that packs in a lot of features for your money.

The 2017 Nissan Sentra comes standard with antilock brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is standard starting at the SV trim level. The SR and SL trim levels can also be had with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (standard on SL) and adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking.

More basic Sentra models come with rear drum brakes, but rear disc brakes are standard on the SR and SL. However, in Edmunds brake testing, a Sentra with the less costly rear drum brakes stopped from 60 mph in 118 feet, a slightly better-than-average distance for the segment. A Sentra SL stopped in 113 feet, which is almost unheard of for a compact economy sedan.

In government crash tests, the 2017 Sentra earned an overall rating of four stars (out of a possible five), with four stars for front-impact protection and five stars for side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2017 Sentra its best rating of Good in its moderate-overlap and small-overlap front-impact tests. The Sentra also earned a Good rating in the side-impact, roof strength and seat/head restraint (whiplash protection) tests as well as a Superior rating for the effectiveness of its optional forward collision mitigation system.

Trim levels & features

The 2017 Nissan Sentra is a five-passenger compact sedan offered in S, SV, SR, SR Turbo and SL trim levels.

The base Sentra S comes with 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, remote keyless entry, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB port and an auxiliary audio input jack.

Stepping up to the SV gets you keyless entry and ignition, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 5-inch driver information screen in the instrument cluster, a 5-inch central touchscreen, a rearview camera, NissanConnect, Bluetooth audio connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

The SR gets 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, a sport body kit including a rear spoiler, LED headlights (low beams), foglights, heated mirrors, upgraded cloth upholstery and heated front seats. The SR Turbo adds a more powerful engine, a sport-tuned suspension, recalibrated steering, upgraded front brakes and a sunroof. Both the SR and SR Turbo are available with the Midnight Edition package, which adds black 17-inch wheels, black mirror caps and a black spoiler, as well as special floor mats.

The top-of-the-line SL loses the SR's sport-themed flourishes but adds unique 17-inch alloy wheels plus the rear disc brakes, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment), an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a larger 5.8-inch touchscreen with navigation and voice controls. A blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-path alert is also standard.

The All Weather package (SV only) includes heated front seats and heated outside mirrors. The Style package (SV only) adds distinctive 16-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, illuminated vanity mirrors and LED interior lighting.

The SR Premium Technology package starts with the contents of the Style package then tacks on the leather upholstery, power driver seat, auto-dimming mirror and bigger touchscreen with navigation from the SL. You also get adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and an eight-speaker Bose audio system. The SR Turbo Premium package includes these same features.

The SL Premium Technology package adds the contents of the Style package (minus the 16-inch wheels) plus adaptive cruise control with autonomous emergency braking and the eight-speaker Bose audio system.

The 2017 Nissan Sentra comes equipped with one of two engines. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque is standard on the S, SV, SR and SL models. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the S, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional on that model and standard on all other Sentras.

In Edmunds testing, a Sentra SL accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 10.1 seconds, which is among the slowest times for this class of car.

The new SR Turbo gets a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, which puts out 188 hp and 177 lb-ft, mated to a choice of a six-speed manual or a specially calibrated CVT with manual-shift mode.

Driving

On the road, the 2017 Nissan Sentra suspension delivers a comfortable ride around town and on the highway. It's not a particularly engaging car to drive, though opting for the sportier SR Turbo model this year should push handling, steering feel and brake performance up a couple of notches. It's unknown whether the car's firmer suspension tuning and ride quality will be a turnoff for some buyers; we'll update this review once we've tested the new SR Turbo.

On the performance front, the standard 130-hp four-cylinder is suitable for everyday driving, but nothing more. Trying a highway pass or hitting the gas from a standstill results in lethargic acceleration. The CVT is a good match for this engine, at least, largely because it seems free of the tiresome "rubber band" and droning qualities that so often plague this type of transmission.

Interior

The 2017 Nissan Sentra offers an interior that's bigger than seems possible when viewed from the outside. Both front and rear seats offer excellent headroom and legroom, even for 6-footers.

The cabin's design is nothing fancy, but the quality of both materials and construction is good. Other noteworthy strengths include NissanConnect, a system that allows the driver to take advantage of smartphone-based apps such as Google search using the available 5.8-inch touchscreen. The touchscreen's simple menus make it easy to use, but there's no denying that it's one of the smallest screens in its class, and the resolution of its graphics is underwhelming.

The Sentra's trunk is spacious, with 15.1 cubic feet of stowage. Folding down one or both sections of the 60/40-split rear seatbacks expands cargo capacity further.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Nissan Sentra.

Overall Consumer Rating
3.328 reviews
5(28%)
4(29%)
3(10%)
2(12%)
1(21%)

Most helpful consumer reviews

Not so beautiful beauty
Lorrie Hyatt,06/23/2017
I love the exterior and interior of my 2017 Nissan but I am extremely unhappy about the way it drives. All of the technical bells and whistles work fine but the engine is VERY LOUD. It gets even louder when you try to accelerate . Acceleration is slow so you have to wait until all cards near and far have gone by to change lanes because it moves very slow and the gas peddle seams as though it is pulling back when you try to press the peddle down harder. Cars constantly ride up on the back of me while I'm waiting for it to finally speed up It's been to the shop 3 times since I purchased it but the mechanics can't find anything wrong with it. I've only had it for 4 months and I can't wait to trade it in for something more dependable. Very frustrating.
Not a SI..but it works!
Rod,10/17/2018
If you put it in sport mode with traction off, it performs.
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2017 Nissan Sentra video

TRAVIS LANGNESS: I'm Edmunds editor Travis Langness. And this is an Expert Rundown of the 2017 Nissan Sentra. For 2017, the Nissan Sentra gets an all-new 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. And it's really a welcome addition. The base 1.8-liter engine is one of the slowest in the class. And the CVT transmission, the automatic transmission that it comes with, drones on pretty badly when you step on the accelerator. So we're happy to see that it's got a new, more powerful motor. One of the great things about the Sentra is that it's priced lower than most of its rivals. If you're looking for a bargain compact car, this is probably a good one to look at. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a lot of good equipment. Base trim levels don't even come with Bluetooth streaming audio. So if you want more equipment, go for one of the mid-level trims. In the back seat, there's lots of room in the Sentra. The trunk is also one of the largest in the class, with over 15 cubic feet of space. And the Sentra's pretty comfortable on the highway. It has good seats and it'll last well on a road trip. Some of the problems with the Sentra include the slow, droning bass engine and the CVT as well as inferior materials quality on the inside. Basically, it just feels nicer in cars like the Mazda 3 and the Honda Civic. Bottom line. The Sentra's a good bargain and it provides good space. But we'd recommend looking at some of the other class leaders before you make a decision. For more reviews of key competitors, go to YouTube and check out more of the Edmunds Expert Rundowns.

2017 Nissan Sentra Expert Rundown Review

Looking for a roomy and fuel-efficient compact? The 2017 Nissan Sentra might be worth checking out. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$24,990
MPG
25 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
188 hp @ 5600 rpm
MSRP
$24,990
MPG
25 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
188 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover11.8%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2017 Nissan Sentra

The 2017 Nissan Sentra keeps up this popular sedan's reputation for offering plenty of value. With lots of interior room and trunk space, the Sentra could be considered a small car with midsize ambitions, and a wide range of trim levels and optional packages and accessories allow buyers to make it more of a premium car experience.

Having undergone a refresh last year, the Sentra has been only mildly tweaked for 2017. Changes include more comfortable seats, a larger center console and a quieter ride, courtesy of thicker window glass and better insulation. But the big news is the addition of the new SR Turbo model, which features a high-output engine, a six-speed manual transmission or a specially calibrated automatic CVT, and sport-tuned suspension.

Inside, there's a surprising amount of room for passengers and plenty of storage space for their belongings in numerous cubbies and the 15.1-cubic-foot trunk. Nissan prices the Sentra pretty aggressively, which will appeal to value-conscious shoppers, and available features still include such niceties as dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating, a premium sound system and the NissanConnect system, which facilitates the use of smartphone-based apps.

All 2017 Sentra trim levels except the SR Turbo come with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 130 horsepower. The new SR Turbo model is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that increases output to 188 hp. The base S model is equipped with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is an option on the S and standard on all other trims, except the Turbo, which offers a choice of the two transmissions.

Power with the base engine is adequate but not particularly impressive when compared to many competitors. The standard suspension is tuned more for comfort and stability than handling, so although it provides a decent ride, cornering requires higher-than-average steering input and results in considerable body roll. Buyers seeking a bit more performance might want to test-drive the SR Turbo with its free-revving engine, which offers improved low- and mid-range zip. But even with its firmer suspension, the SR Turbo still doesn't excel in the handling department.

The best fuel economy in the Sentra lineup is achieved with the standard engine and the CVT, which returns an EPA rating of 32 mpg combined (29 city/37 highway). The lowest-rated model is the SR Turbo equipped with the manual transmission at 28 mpg combined (26 city/32 highway).

The base Sentra S comes very well equipped with features such as automatic headlights, air-conditioning and cruise control. Moving up to the SV trim level brings some extra comfort and technology items, while the SR adds on a number of sporty touches. The top-of-the-line SL piles on more luxury and convenience. Finally, the SR Turbo gives drivers more performance, as well as some unique styling touches and a host of additional features. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2017 Nissan Sentra that best meets your needs.

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