2016 Nissan Sentra SR

A low-cost, high-value, mid-size sedan.

The 2016 Nissan Sentra SR is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Fuel-Efficient Cars and GAYOT's Top 10 Value Cars

The Nissan Sentra was for a long time the brand’s volume model small car. It was basic and economical and sold in large numbers throughout the world. But with the entry level role now filled by the smaller Nissan Versa, the Sentra has transitioned into a more premium small car. It’s still not big, but the interior features higher quality materials and, for 2016, the styling gets a mild refresh. Plus, the suspension is retuned to give better handling and road feel. The springs and shocks are now a little stiffer and the ride is better controlled. Also new is a handsome three-spoke steering wheel, the same one found in the 370z.

The Sentra boasts a long list of available premium features, including back-up and side-view cameras, adaptive cruise control and the Nissan Connect infotainment system, with a functional touch screen. Leather seats and a BOSE sound system are also available on the options list. Though it’s no longer the cheapest car on the Nissan Dealers’ lots, the Sentra does still offer plenty of value for it’s sub-$20,000 starting price. Our only caveat? The EPA estimates that you'll average about 34 mpg, but we hit closer to 22.5 mpg, which is well below their numbers.

The driving feel has definitely been improved for 2016, putting it more on a par with rival compacts, but the Nissan Sentra still does a better impression of a small premium car than a sports sedan. At least until the manufacturer brings back the SE-R trim or launches a Nismo variant. The port-injected 1.8-liter inline 4 delivers 130 horsepower, and a manual transmission is only available on the base S trim. For other trims, the only transmission is a CVT which, while smooth, is not particularly keen on sporty driving. Still, the performance is adequate, especially now that the suspension is firmed up a little and is available with some handsome 17-inch wheel options.

Warranty/Service: 36-month/36,000-mile limited vehicle coverage, 5-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain coverage, 10-year /120,000 mile CVT limited warranty extension

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Specs

Base Price: $20,410

As Tested: $20,410

  • 29 / 38 mpg
  • EPA
  • 8.4 sec
  • 0-60
  • 130 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 120 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 1.8-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine
  • Horsepower: 130 hp
  • Torque: 128 lb-ft
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission or Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)
  • Curb Weight: 2,920 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 106.3 in
  • Length: 182.5 in
  • Width: 69.3 in
  • Height: 58.9 in
  • Brakes: 11.0" Vented front disc brakes, 11.5" Solid rear disc brakes
  • Suspension: Independent strut front suspension, Front stabilizer bar
  • Traction: Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System
  • 0-60 mph: 8.4 sec
  • Top Speed: 120 mph
  • EPA City: 29 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 38 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 34 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant-classification

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