The Sentra is a pleasant small sedan in everyday driving. It has a comfortable ride, a quiet cabin, a roomy backseat, and a well-designed interior. But we found the Sentra tricky to control in a simulated emergency maneuver, as it had a tendency to lose grip too easily and slide. Braking was also unimpressive.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
NA
2009
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2010
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2011
2012
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2015
2016
NA
2017
2018
NA
2019
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
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2009
2010
2011
2012
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2015
2016
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2018
2019
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available. Side air bags available from 2000, side and head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC available in 2010, standard from 2011.
Road Test

The Sentra is a pleasant small sedan in everyday driving. It has a comfortable ride, a quiet cabin, a roomy backseat, and a well-designed interior. But we found the Sentra tricky to control in a simulated emergency maneuver, as it had a tendency to lose grip too easily and slide. Braking was also unimpressive.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (140 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (200 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (177 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Nissan Sentra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The catalyst has clogged and the converter needs to be replaced (SES light is on)."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"I have only had this car 2 months, and knew about the exhaust leak when I bought it. I was told it is minor, and was quoted a repair cost of $140.00 after a thorough inspection of the car prior to my purchase. I will have it repaired in June 2019 when the inspection is due."

Robert A., PA (2011 Nissan Sentra)

"Many issues with leaExpensive fixes were applied to no avail"

Maxime D., QC (2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Had muffler replaced about a year ago by a third party (Midas). More recently, developed additional noise which Midas identified as the attenuator (next major component behind muffler ?) as it had corroded flanges, etc. I saw them. I now have engine noise seemingly from the exhaust system which both Midas and Nissan dealer have been unable to identify other than possibly the more recent after market attenuator."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Nissan Sentra SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"I bought this car new in 2012 - even thought it is a 2011. After having the car a little over 2 years I had to pay for a new muffler. In many areas this car has reduced quality to save on initial cost. I wouldn't buy again"

Barbara B., NY (2011 Nissan Sentra SL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"hole in muffler, salt from roads"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Nissan Sentra)

"connection between muffler and pipes rusted - replaced as necessary"

Gary M., NS (2011 Nissan Sentra S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Routine muffler failure after est 60,000 miles. About what I had experienced in prior vehicles"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Nissan Sentra SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"brake inbetween muffle and converter"

Ronald P., NH (2011 Nissan Sentra 2 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"see previous"

Gary M., NS (2011 Nissan Sentra S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Extremely noisy and not as effective as other ABS systems I have experienced"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Nissan Sentra SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"normal wear"

Larry M., NS (2011 Nissan Sentra 2 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I replaced the front brake pads at the same time I replaced the rotors because they were close to being worn out"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Nissan Sentra 2 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"I believe the tire shop which put on my new tires for the Sentra over-torqued the lug nuts on the front tires, resulting in the rotors warping when they got hot. I don't think it was a manufacturing defect in the brakes on Nissan's part"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Nissan Sentra SL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed brake servicing 8 months after service on brakes."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"I replaced both front rotors because at least one of them was warped, causing the pedal to pulsate during braking"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Nissan Sentra 2 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Been to dealer and they can't find problem"

Willie G., NC (2011 Nissan Sentra S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Identified the problem within a month of owning the car. After several attempts to get the dealer to resolve, after three years they finally determined that it was a wheel cover making the noise"

Denis C., CO (2011 Nissan Sentra SE-R 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes squeal when backing up."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Compressor bearing went out. Had it replaced, but particles from from the old compressor clogged the condenser or evaporator coils and reduced the cooling ability."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC stops working intermittently. Dealership checked system and found nothing wrong other than AC was not working. They were going to advise District Manager and get back to me. They never did. AC was working on last maintenance visit."

Dino G., CA (2011 Nissan Sentra SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"I have a terrible noise coming from my blower fan"

Barbara B., NY (2011 Nissan Sentra SL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Blower fan went twice in 4 months. Nissan saying it is rodents. Toyota Sienna was parked in the same place as Sentra for 6 years no problems. Tundra beside it 10.5 yrs, Lancer other side 5.5 years no problem. Internet indicating larger problem"

Anonymous, MB (2011 Nissan Sentra SL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"1. fan squeals when it is colder than 0 c. As it gets colder it will get louder to the point you think the car motor is about to explode. Further, the ducting system seems to be very susceptible to blockage by debris. The Sentra, which we got 28 Feb 11, was parked beside a 2009 Mitsubitsi Lancer, parked in the location since August 2009, a Toyota Tundra, parked in the location since Oct 2004, and the Outlander, park in the location since Dec 2012, and only the Sentra had clogged venting system. This happened twice."

Anonymous, MB (2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Blower motor had to be replaced. It was very difficult to remove and replace"

Anonymous, TN (2011 Nissan Sentra S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Blower fan squeals loudly. The car went in twice for this issue and twice the dealer said that it was mouse nests. It is an issue because on one side is the Outlander (no mice nest) and the other side is a Toyota Tundra (again no mice nest). Each cost over a $1000 to fix"

Anonymous, MB (2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Had a 115K service done in April 2017. Found out on picking up the car that there was no refrigerant resulting in just hot air when the A/C was used"

William T., WA (2011 Nissan Sentra SR)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"The car needed and got Nissan dealer realignments about every 12-14 months. When the warranty expired I took the car to a Goodyear Tire store for realignment; it was better but not what I'd call great. Finally, I took it to a local, independent tire and automotive shop; they fixed it."

Lincoln L., IL (2011 Nissan Sentra SR 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Struts were leaking and had an internal seal failure. Surprised due to only 39000 miles on car at the time"

Hogoboom T., CA (2011 Nissan Sentra SL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"worn out over time; needed replacement"

Larry F., IL (2011 Nissan Sentra S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had the right front strut fail twice, and the left front strut once. All three were covered by warranty. However, one of them is starting to rattle so I can see strut replacement(s) in my future."

Lincoln L., IL (2011 Nissan Sentra SR 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn out caused leaking so I replaced them at cost $420"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Sentra S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattling and clunking sound whenever driven on a rough surface. Front struts needed replacement and a connecting linkage rod. Semi-routine repair replacement and driving fine now."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Nissan Sentra SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Suddenly stopped reading CDs. Cleaned players but player still does not work. Nissan dealers do not service"

Anonymous, TN (2011 Nissan Sentra)

"locks up and will not play...tells me to push eject...will not eject cd....as the temperature outside climbs, the cd player will not function...period."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Nissan Sentra SR 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"In dash navigation was outdated when the car was new. Tells me to turn Right to get on I80 when the freeway entrance is on the Left. Nissan wants $150 to update. I'll just stick to Waze."

Dino G., CA (2011 Nissan Sentra SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"FM radio would stop working after a couple of minutes and not pick back up until after the car and been turned off and restarted some time later."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"The ribbon cable was replaced. The horn stopped working and the air bag light was on."

Anonymous, TN (2011 Nissan Sentra S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"MY HORFILED TOHONK ABOUT 2 MONTHS AGO AND I TOOKIT TO MYLOCAL NISSAN DEALER AN THEY SPENT ANHOR SEAARCHING OUT THE PROBLEM AD FOUND ACABE NEEDEDTO BE REPACE ATCOST OF VER $550.00 DOLLARS! ITOOK T TO A LOCA GARAGE IN TOWN THAT I KNOW TH OWNERS AD THE MECHANICS THAT WORK THEIR AND THEY DO GREAT WORK AND THEY WHERE ABLE TO FIXTHE PROBLEM FOR LESTHAN $400.00!!"

James H., MD (2011 Nissan Sentra S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"The roof leaded on the driver side"

Anonymous, RI (2011 Nissan Sentra SL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Debris, mostly leaves, can accumulate around the trunk lid and lead to water ingress to the trunk. Once the debris is cleared and the weatherstripping cleaned it seals again."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Car continues to make noise in brake system"

Willie G., NC (2011 Nissan Sentra S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine has clicking noise, but not a mechanical issue. Brakes squeak"

Teri E., NE (2011 Nissan Sentra SL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Can't hear the radio at moderate volume level on the highway"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Nissan Sentra S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"I have taken the car to the dealership to repair for over 2 years. A/C was intermittent. Problem was brought to the attention of Nissan District Manager. No response. Finally took the car to 3rd party repair shop who diagnosed the problem as a faulty electrical harness. The AC works and I have a new repair shop."

Dino G., CA (2011 Nissan Sentra SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"Caused wheels to lock up for a second or two, usually when cornering. Diagnosed by local mechanic, but codes unavailable to independent garages and had to bring to dealer to fix. Took two visits to fix and had to pay for both visits even though it wasn't fixed the first time."

Alexis E., NH (2011 Nissan Sentra)

"The VDC indicator light came on. It caused the car to hesitate and make a grinding noise. A steering sensor part had to be replaced. Cost was over $600"

Alexis E., NH (2011 Nissan Sentra)
Traction control

"Bad wheel speed sensor caused traction control system to engage when it n fact there was no loss of traction."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Sentra SR 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"was making noises took it to the dealer they detected a malfunction and replaced the transmission"

Lawrence H., FL (2011 Nissan Sentra SR 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission had to be replaced."

Alexis E., NH (2011 Nissan Sentra)

"The car only has 40,000 miles on it, but due to its age, it did not qualify for the extended warranty provided by Nissan. I had bought the car used and the previous owner didn't drive much. The transmission problems started about 6 months after I bought it and the warranty had run out"

Alexis E., NH (2011 Nissan Sentra)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Rust

"there are 3 rust spots near the spoiler.. there was a recall on this 2 years ago. the same problem is occurring again"

Anonymous, SK (2011 Nissan Sentra SE-R 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust developing around trunk and gasket. Very difficult to thoroughly wash and wax this area."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Nissan Sentra SR 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Slight rust on splash panels near rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, IA (2011 Nissan Sentra SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

"It overflowed at the gas pump or did not take a full tank"

Anonymous, NV (2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Fuel gauge did not accurately determine amount of gas put in. Sometimes overflowed, sometimes underfilled"

Anonymous, NV (2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Turn Signal/Hazard lights have a nasty habit of becoming corroded requiring removal, replacement. Accessing lights is cumbersome"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Nissan Sentra SR 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Issue was with the console lights. When turning the climate control knob, the knob on the far right, all the way to the right, and then back to the left, the air conditioning comes on."

Jon R., IN (2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Windows

"window got stuck open"

Anonymous, SK (2011 Nissan Sentra SE-R 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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