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Nissan Sentra
Nissan Sentra 2017 sedan Trim Shown: 2017 SV sedan FWD CVT

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.

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2013 Redesign Year
Nissan Sentra 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 SL

The 2013 remake diminished steering feel and left ride quality below par. Equipment levels are good, but the interior feels cheap and the engine is a bit noisy. Stability control, traction control, and antilock brakes are standard. Fuel economy with the CVT rose to a respectable 29 mpg. If you're seriously shopping Sentra, the SV trim line is the way to go. The base S is too stripped-down, while the higher SR and SL lines are just gilding a mundane basic sedan. The SV Driver Package brought push-button start and the Navigation Package included a backup camera. Changes for 2015 included a standard USB port and Bluetooth on all models.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $13,875 - $15,525 $11,330 - $12,880
2015 $12,600 - $14,950 $10,095 - $12,295
2014 $11,000 - $12,975 $8,580 - $10,430
2013 $10,000 - $11,900 $7,575 - $9,375
2007 Redesign Year
Nissan Sentra 2012 Trim Shown: 2012 Base

A redesign in 2007 brought a roomier rear seat, a civilized and quiet ride, and easy cabin access. Interior storage is generous, thanks primarily to an extremely large, lighted and locking glove compartment. The box goes deep into the dashboard and is capacious enough to hold a small laptop. The Sentra also has simple controls, despite a rich list of readily available features such as iPod control, Handling is sound with the optional ESC, but without it the Sentra can fishtail too easily. The driving position is high and most drivers found plenty of room. Visibility is good to the front and sides, but limited to the rear.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2012 $7,550 - $10,250 $5,220 - $7,770
2011 $6,425 - $8,550 $4,115 - $6,115
2010 $5,775 - $7,425 $3,475 - $5,025
2009 $5,400 - $6,850 $3,100 - $4,450
2008 $5,050 - $6,275 $2,750 - $3,900
2007 $4,800 - $5,700 $2,480 - $3,330
Nissan Sentra 2006 Trim Shown: 2006 Sedan

The pre-2007 Sentra was one of the more pleasant small sedans with a spirited powertrain, decent handling, and a reasonably quiet, well-designed interior. There are numerous nooks and bins, as well as large map pockets in the front doors. Major controls are well designed and easy to use, plus the instruments are legible in all light conditions. However, the steering wheel obscures the instrumentation dimmer switch and power-mirror control. Dynamically though, this version of the Sentra had fallen behind most competing small cars. Ride quality is a bit too stiff and braking falls a bit short. Further, the rear seat is cramped and this version of the Sentra received a Poor rating in the IIHS side-crash test without the optional side airbags.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2006 $4,000 - $5,025 $1,810 - $2,710
2005 $3,500 - $4,450 $1,410 - $2,160
2004 $3,000 - $3,950 $1,010 - $1,760
2003 $2,750 - $3,750 $805 - $1,610
2002 $2,725 - $3,650 $775 - $1,535
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A