2018 Nissan Sentra NISMO
2018 Nissan Sentra NISMO pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Sentra does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating6.9 / 10
The Nissan Sentra offers straightforward practicality and an appealing price. There's plenty of cargo space and lots of room for passengers. It's also an easy car to live with thanks to simple controls and a smooth driving experience.
That said, nothing about the Sentra stands out in the class. Its base engine is one of the slowest available, and even the optional turbocharged engine lags behind some competitors in terms of outright performance. There are also rival sedans that offer nicer interiors and greater degrees of comfort and technology.
A good example is the Kia Forte, which has an extensive list of optional features for a reasonable price. There's also the all-wheel-drive Subaru Impreza that has many excellent active safety features and driver aids available. Finally, the Honda Civic, when equipped with its available turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, is our overall favorite vehicle in the class.
2018 Nissan Sentra configurations
The 2018 Nissan Sentra sedan is offered in S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, Nismo, and SL trim levels. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 124 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque (130 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque with the S trim's manual transmission) 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.
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, trip computer, a 5-inch central touchscreen, a rearview camera and Bluetooth audio connectivity. Automatic emergency braking for imminent front collisions is now also standard on all CVT-equipped Sentra trim levels, except the Nismo.
Stepping up to the SV gets you 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker sound system and 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, adaptive cruise control, heated mirrors, unique cloth upholstery and heated front seats.
For both the SV and SR, heated front seats and side mirrors, a sunroof and a 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation are optional.
The SR Turbo takes the SR trim and adds a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder (188 hp and 177 lb-ft), mated to a choice of a six-speed manual or a specially calibrated CVT with a manual-shift mode. Nissan also adds a sport-tuned suspension, recalibrated steering, upgraded front brakes and a sunroof.
Optional upgrades for the SR and SR Turbo include leather upholstery, a power driver seat, an auto-dimming mirror, a power sunroof, the bigger touchscreen with navigation, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and an eight-speaker Bose audio system with NissanConnect app connectivity.
The Sentra Nismo comes with the SR Turbo's features and adds a lot of Nismo-branded trim pieces such as a spoiler, 18-inch wheels, exhaust, grille and badges, along with a unique interior appearance package. It also comes standard with NissanConnect and the larger touchscreen, as well as the eight-speaker Bose stereo system.
The top-of-the-line SL loses the SR's sport-themed flourishes, keeps the 1.8-liter engine, and adds unique 17-inch alloy wheels plus the rear disc brakes, leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a moonroof, a larger 5.8-inch touchscreen with navigation and voice controls, NissanConnect, and the premium eight-speaker Bose stereo system. A blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert is also standard.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Nissan Sentra SL (1.8L inline-4 | CVT automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Nissan Sentra has received some revisions, including a more powerful, optional turbocharged engine and some trim-level and package feature adjustments. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Nissan Sentra.
Noise & vibration7.5
Ease of use8.5
Getting in/getting out8.5
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Sentra safety features:
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Applies the brakes to avoid low-speed collisions when forward-facing sensors detect an obstacle.
- Intelligent Cruise Control
- Adjusts the speed of the car automatically to maintain a constant distance from the vehicle in front.
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Alerts the driver to traffic moving behind the vehicle when in reverse.
The 2018 Nissan Sentra is a compact sedan that's roomy and easy to use. It offers a sizable trunk and a comfortable ride, along with an appealing price tag in its lower trim levels.
Starting with the base Sentra S, buyers get 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, remote entry, and, for 2018, automatic emergency braking. Inside you'll find air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a manually adjustable driver's seat, a 60/40-split folding rear bench and cruise control. Basic technology includes a 5-inch touchscreen with a rearview camera display and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.
A six-speed manual transmission and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine making 130 horsepower are standard on the Sentra S, while a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional.
Stepping up to the SV gets you Nissan's CVT standard, along with 16-inch alloy wheels, proximity entry with push-button ignition, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, a larger information display in the gauge cluster, a six-speaker stereo system and satellite radio.
The SR upgrades the 2018 Sentra to 17-inch alloy wheels with rear disc brakes, a sporty body kit with a spoiler, LED headlights, foglights, adaptive cruise control, heated mirrors, unique cloth upholstery and heated front seats.
The top-of-the-line Nissan Sentra SL gets its own wheels, along with leather upholstery, a six-way power-adjustable driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a sunroof. Infotainment is handled by a 5.8-inch touchscreen with navigation and voice controls. NissanConnect, an app connectivity suite, is also included, along with an eight-speaker Bose stereo system. The Sentra SL receives blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert standard. Many of the SL's features are available as options on the sportier SR (and SR Turbo).
Buyers who want more grunt from their Sentra can opt for the SR Turbo or Nismo trims. Both come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that makes 180 horsepower, and both can be had with a CVT automatic or a six-speed manual. The SR Turbo is similarly equipped to the SR, while the Nismo comes with a full appearance package loaded with goodies from Nissan's Nismo performance division.
Be sure to read our full review for more information about the Sentra, and take advantage of our shopping tools to find the best deal on a 2018 Nissan Sentra near you.
2018 Nissan Sentra NISMO Overview
The 2018 Nissan Sentra NISMO is offered in the following styles: NISMO 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and NISMO 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT).
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