This version of the Sentra had fallen behind most competing small cars. Still, it has an efficient and willing engine, an automatic transmission, secure handling and fairly pleasant interior quality. On the negative side, the ride is a bit too stiff, the rear seat is cramped and braking falls a bit short. The Sentra also received a Poor rating in the IIHS side-crash test without side airbags.
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Very slow acceleration. Overall poor driving performance"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Sentra)

"Handling is average. Acceleration is slow. If you use the cruise, the acceleration in going up hill is jerky."

DAWN K., IN (2006 Nissan Sentra)

"Car is very under-powered and has terrible acceleration"

MICHAEL B., MS (2006 Nissan Sentra)

"For a 4 cylinder car it had very good acceleration and handling the first 6 years or so. Now it seems tired."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Nissan Sentra)

"This has been a fantastic car. Mileage is great, handling great and acceleration acceptable for a 1.8 liter engine. Comfort is fair based on how big you are physically."

Anonymous, UT (2006 Nissan Sentra)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats are uncomfortable Climate control is not strong enough"

MICHAEL B., MS (2006 Nissan Sentra)

"The seats are not very comfortable. Long drives especially are not comfortable. The back seat is too small for anyone but small children."

DAWN K., IN (2006 Nissan Sentra)

"The front seats are so comfortable for my back - fits me perfectly. Do not notice any noise while on the road. Ride is comfortable enough."

Patricia C., CA (2006 Nissan Sentra)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Fuel mileage should be much better for a compact car like the Sentra."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Sentra)
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Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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