2016 Nissan Sentra Updated Inside and Out

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

The Altima sedan and Rogue crossover are Nissan’s top selling models in America. But did you know, the compact Sentra is the Japanese automaker’s third most popular vehicle? To keep it on drivers’ shopping lists, the Sentra has been refreshed for the 2016 model year.

This small four door gains revised exterior styling, an updated cabin and more available content.

On the outside it features a Murano-inspired grille, though it also benefits from updated front and rear fascias, new fenders, a reworked hood and available 17-inch alloy wheels.

To enhance how it behaves on the road, engineers retuned the Sentra’s chassis. Its springs and dampers are 10 percent starchier than before and its body structure is stiffer. The car’s electrically boosted steering has also been enhanced to give it more feel.

A familiar 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine is paired with one of two gearboxes. A continuously variable automatic will see duty in most models, but S trim-level cars are available with a six-speed manual transmission. Improving its feel, the CVT has been enhanced with Nissan’s D-Step Logic, which simulates gear changes in certain driving situations.

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Inside, the Sentra gains a new steering wheel, an available power driver’s seat and a redesigned console, along with other enhancements.

A soft plastic instrument panel and armrests give it an upscale look. Available dual-zone climate control and an eight-speaker Bose sound system make it feel more premium.

Drivers are treated to an extra helping of technology. Things like automatic emergency braking, intelligent cruise control and blind-spot monitoring are available. SR and SL models gain LED low-beam headlights.

The 2016 Nissan Sentra should squeak in before the new year. Look for it to arrive at dealerships late next month. Base price is $17,605, including $825 in delivery fees.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Xymox Xymox on Nov 24, 2015

    Package and repackage, is all Nissan ever does. But then, the new (revamped) Honda Civic doesn't look so "revamped" either. Between the two, I prefer Honda. Nissan is sticking with its Bose system which doesn't play well with iPods, and has various other issues they continue to deny exist.

  • Allen Kinchen Allen Kinchen on Nov 24, 2015

    Some of Nissan's vehicles are excellent buys , some are not . Nissan messed up by not putting a bigger more powerful engine in the Sentra , it is a dog to drive and no fun . Because we are now setting on oceans of Oil and gas in America, " over 3 trillion barrels in the Green River formations, " then Americans want something that is fun to drive with more power . Nissan wake up, you have better and bigger engines to wake up your customers . Bad choice for engines in the Sentra, does not excite anyone