Road Test/ 100
Predicted Reliability/ 5
Predicted Owner Satisfaction/ 5
Overall, the compact Sentra trails the class. A recent freshening resulted in a quieter car, thanks in part to the less intrusive CVT. Handling is fairly responsive and secure, but the ride is stiff. The tall stance aids cabin access, the elevated driving position helps visibility, and the rear seat is one of the roomiest in the class. But the driving experience is ho-hum and joyless. Acceleration times are among the slowest in the class, the cockpit is narrow, and the front seats lack support. A backup camera is standard on the SV. The freshening included improved occupant crash protection, which resulted in better scores in the IIHS crash tests, as well as the availability of safety features such as automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. Turbo and Nismo versions are new for 2017.