2021 Nissan Sentra

MSRP range: $19,410 - $21,750
MSRP$20,825
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2021 Nissan Sentra Review

  • Comfortable ride
  • Improved cabin materials and design
  • Lots of standard safety and tech features
  • Slow acceleration
  • Dated infotainment graphics
  • Mediocre emergency braking performance
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard on all trims
  • Wi-Fi hotspot and remote services/control are offered on the top trim
  • Part of the eighth Sentra generation introduced for 2020

The Nissan Sentra emerged with a new look in 2020, and with it came an improved ride quality and a nicer interior. That redesign certainly helped elevate the Sentra's standing in our eyes. This is a sensible small sedan that provides comfortable transportation on a budget. It's also well stocked with features. A collection of advanced driver safety features, including forward collision mitigation and blind-spot monitoring, comes standard on every Sentra, for example.

For the 2021 Sentra, the most notable change is that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard across the model line, meaning that even the base version comes with these desirable smartphone integration systems. While the Sentra doesn't quite have the dynamic personality of the Mazda 3 or all the technology features of the Hyundai Elantra, it can otherwise easily meet your commuting needs and more. Check out the categories of our Expert Rating to learn more.

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The Sentra delivers on the most important aspects for a small sedan. It's stylish, comfortable and well stocked with features. Its performance is unremarkable, but otherwise the Sentra is a pretty solid choice, especially if safety and value are top priorities for you.
Acceleration is not bad off the line, but the Sentra loses vigor as you gain speed. We measured a 0-60 mph time of 8.8 seconds. That's a little below average for the small sedan class but similar to other slowish cars such as the Kia Forte and Toyota Corolla. In routine driving, the Sentra's continuously variable automatic transmission is smooth and unobtrusive. But it doesn't provide much engine braking effect when you lift off the gas, so you might find yourself needing to use a little more of the brakes than you might expect when slowing down.

The brake pedal is smooth and easy to control in casual use. Emergency braking performance, however, is subpar. Our test Sentra needed 131 feet to stop from 60 mph. For context, the segment average is about 123 feet. Steering and handling are unremarkable but should suffice for the average owner for everyday use.
Comfort is one of the Sentra's stronger attributes. The ride is very composed and easily smooths out road imperfections. This softness, though, can make the Sentra feel floaty at higher speeds. Road noise is ever present but never intrusive, and it's nothing the stereo can't easily cover.

The front seats have decent cushioning and support. The best seats in the house are shockingly found in the rear. They're plush, comfortable and accommodating for two average-size adults. The climate control system is not particularly powerful, but air flow coverage from the vents is good. Our test car did not have rear air vents, but that's typical for this class.
The controls are easily accessible for both driver and passenger and are simple to understand whether tuning the radio or adjusting the climate control. The 8-inch touchscreen is equally easy to read and use.

There's plenty of interior room for front occupants. Rear-seat legroom is among the most generous in the segment. Most drivers will find it easy to settle into a comfortable driving position thanks to the decent range of adjustments that come from the seat and steering wheel. Visibility is quite good to the front and sides, but the thick rear roof pillars and sloped rear window impede over-the-shoulder and rear visibility.
The Sentra comes with many standard safety features and driver aids. Adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree parking camera system are still options, but overall Nissan's standard safety suite is pretty generous. We did, however, experience some glitches with the backup camera and one false alarm with the forward collision warning system in our test car.

The infotainment system is a little slow to respond and the graphics look dated, but you do get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration as standard. Nissan does not offer an onboard navigation system.
The Sentra's 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space is better than average for a small sedan. The 60/40-split rear seats fold down to help accommodate longer cargo items. But the only release is from the rear seat; there aren't any releases in the trunk. Also the seats don't fold completely flat, which can make loading longer objects, like a flat-screen TV, more of a hassle.

There's sufficient interior storage for small items, cups and bottles, although others including the Honda Civic and Volkswagen Jetta do this better. There's also a good amount of child seat space, but you might find the cushions make access a bit tight to car seat anchors.
The Sentra achieves an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined (29 city/39 highway), which is about average for vehicle with a base engine in this class. We observed 28.7 mpg over three tank fills in our test vehicle, with a best fill of 32 mpg. That's slightly below what we expected given the EPA figures.
The Sentra offers compelling value. It comes well equipped with loads of standard tech and safety features and starts at a lower price than a lot of the class. The cabin looks upscale and the materials all feel pretty good. Our test car's build quality, however, was a bit lackluster, with some noticeable interior trim gaps the primary culprit.

Nissan gives you a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and three years/36,000 miles of roadside assistance. All are typical for a non-luxury automaker.
The newest Sentra maintains its point A to B sensibility, but it looks much better doing it than prior generations. It makes for a solid daily driver with its comfortable and relatively upscale interior. Its top rivals, however, manage to be similarly comfortable and practical while delivering a driving experience that's more fun and enjoyable.

Which Sentra does Edmunds recommend?

For an affordable sedan that's one step above what you might expect, we recommend the SV trim. It comes with some desirable features you can't get on the base trim, such as keyless entry and traffic adaptive cruise control, for not much more money.

Nissan Sentra models

The Sentra is a small sedan available in three trims: the S, SV and SR. All versions are powered by a 149-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. The Sentra is front-wheel-drive only. Feature highlights include:

S
The base model kicks off the Sentra line with:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Push-button start
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Height-adjustable driver's seat
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Four-speaker audio system

Standard safety features include:

  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

SV
The midlevel trim brings with it an assortment of upgraded features:

  • Alloy wheels
  • Rear disc brakes (for better braking performance)
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Keyless entry
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Upgraded driver information display
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Additional USB ports
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Sentra and the car in front)

You can also choose to add the SV Premium package that adds:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Sunroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat

SR
The top model in the lineup offers this equipment:

  • LED headlights and foglights
  • Sportier exterior design with a rear spoiler
  • 18-inch wheels

The SR also has an available SR Premium package. It includes:

  • Sunroof
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Surround-view parking camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Sentra and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Eight-speaker Bose audio system
  • NissanConnect connectivity services with onboard Wi-Fi hotspot

Consumer reviews

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    Features & Specs

    S 4dr Sedan features & specs
    S 4dr Sedan
    2.0L 4cyl CVT
    MSRP$19,410
    MPG 29 city / 39 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower149 hp @ 6400 rpm
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    SV 4dr Sedan features & specs
    SV 4dr Sedan
    2.0L 4cyl CVT
    MSRP$20,470
    MPG 29 city / 39 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower149 hp @ 6400 rpm
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    SR 4dr Sedan features & specs
    SR 4dr Sedan
    2.0L 4cyl CVT
    MSRP$21,750
    MPG 28 city / 37 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower149 hp @ 6400 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Sentra safety features:

    Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
    Sounds an alert if sensors detect an imminent front collision. Can also apply the brakes if the driver does not react quickly.
    Rear Automatic Braking
    Applies the brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the car.
    Intelligent Cruise Control
    Slows down or speeds up to maintain a set distance between the Sentra and the car in front.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.9%

    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 TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

    Nissan Sentra vs. the competition

    Nissan Sentra vs. Toyota Corolla

    The Sentra and the Corolla share many similarities, especially when it comes to interior space, ride comfort and features for the money. But in our testing, the Corolla has proven more true to its fuel economy estimates than the Sentra. There is also a hybrid version of the Corolla for those with a longer daily commute.

    Compare Nissan Sentra & Toyota Corolla features

    Nissan Sentra vs. Honda Civic

    From top to bottom, the Civic is the most well-rounded small sedan you can buy. It offers an impressive mix of a smooth ride and athletic performance for such an affordable car. There's a hatchback version too. The biggest drawback is the Civic's dated infotainment system.

    Compare Nissan Sentra & Honda Civic features

    Nissan Sentra vs. Hyundai Elantra

    The Elantra, like many sedans in this price range, feels underpowered from behind the wheel. But outside of the weak engine, the Elantra impresses with a comfortable ride, long list of standard features, and easy-to-use technology. A hybrid variant is also available this year.

    Compare Nissan Sentra & Hyundai Elantra features

    FAQ

    Is the Nissan Sentra a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Sentra both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.3 out of 10. You probably care about Nissan Sentra fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Sentra gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg to 33 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Sentra has 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Nissan Sentra. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 Nissan Sentra?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Nissan Sentra:

    • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard on all trims
    • Wi-Fi hotspot and remote services/control are offered on the top trim
    • Part of the eighth Sentra generation introduced for 2020
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    Is the Nissan Sentra reliable?

    To determine whether the Nissan Sentra is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Sentra. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Sentra's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 Nissan Sentra a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Nissan Sentra is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Sentra and gave it a 7.3 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Sentra is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Nissan Sentra?

    The least-expensive 2021 Nissan Sentra is the 2021 Nissan Sentra S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $19,410.

    Other versions include:

    • S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $19,410
    • SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $20,470
    • SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $21,750
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    What are the different models of Nissan Sentra?

    If you're interested in the Nissan Sentra, the next question is, which Sentra model is right for you? Sentra variants include S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of Sentra models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 Nissan Sentra

    2021 Nissan Sentra Overview

    The 2021 Nissan Sentra is offered in the following submodels: Sentra Sedan. Available styles include S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT).

    What do people think of the 2021 Nissan Sentra?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Nissan Sentra and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Sentra.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Nissan Sentra and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Sentra featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2021 Nissan Sentra?

    2021 Nissan Sentra SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

    The 2021 Nissan Sentra SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,675. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Sentra SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,560 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Sentra SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 11.3% below the MSRP.

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    2021 Nissan Sentra SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

    The 2021 Nissan Sentra SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $21,395. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Sentra SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,443 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,443 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $18,952.

    The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Sentra SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 11.4% below the MSRP.

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    We are showing 28 2021 Nissan Sentra SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Nissan Sentra S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

    The 2021 Nissan Sentra S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,335. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Sentra S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,176 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,176 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $18,159.

    The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Sentra S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 10.7% below the MSRP.

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    We are showing 4 2021 Nissan Sentra S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

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