Nissan Sentra

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2020
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2020 Nissan Sentra Ratings & Reliability
The redesigned Sentra sheds the dowdy look of its predecessor and gets several major upgrades. A 149-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine replaces the 1.8-liter and the continuously variable transmission (CVT) gets more refined. The car is now lower and wider and gets a more advanced rear suspension that's supposed to improve ride and handling. The interior looks upscale especially in SR and SV with the premium package and buyers can get a power seat, leather upholstery and heated seats. The rear seat is relatively roomy and the infotainment screen is easy to use. All trims but the base S version have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities. Nissan's Safety Shield 360 is standard, which includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and blind spot warning, but no lane keeping assist.
2019
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2019 Nissan Sentra Ratings & Reliability
The outgoing Sentra trails the class. A redesign arrives in spring 2020. The Sentra we tested handles fairly responsive and secure, but the ride is stiff and the driving experience is ho-hum and joyless. The tall stance makes getting into and out of the cabin easy, the elevated driving position helps visibility, and the rear seat is very roomy. Acceleration times are among the slowest in the class, the cockpit is narrow, and the front seats lack support. Available safety features include blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert. Most versions get standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. All but the base S model have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities.
2013-2018
2013 Redesign Year
Nissan Sentra 2018
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
2018 $12,100 - $17,600 $9,475 - $14,975
2017 $11,525 - $16,000 $8,925 - $13,125
2016 $10,075 - $12,425 $7,510 - $9,710
2015 $7,200 - $8,850 $4,740 - $6,290
2014 $6,075 - $7,475 $3,620 - $4,920
2013 $5,025 - $6,200 $2,585 - $3,685
2007-2012
2007 Redesign Year
Nissan Sentra 2012
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 $5,025 - $6,450 $2,565 - $3,915
2011 $4,800 - $6,025 $2,340 - $3,490
2010 $4,575 - $5,400 $2,115 - $2,865
2009 $4,325 - $4,925 $1,915 - $2,415
2008 $3,975 - $4,350 $1,635 - $1,935
2007 $3,725 - $4,350 $1,435 - $1,935
2000-2006
Nissan Sentra 2006
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 $2,975 - $4,175 $1,035 - $1,785
2005 $2,850 - $3,975 $935 - $1,635
2004 $2,700 - $3,900 $810 - $1,560
2003 $2,450 - $3,600 $600 - $1,335
2002 $2,450 - $3,575 $595 - $1,310
2001 $2,450 - $2,900 $565 - $950
2000 $2,450 - $2,850 $565 - $920