The Sentra looks good on paper but then doesn't quite live up to expectations. Redesigned for 2013, the Nissan is noisy and underwhelming to drive. Sentra's best quality is that it has one of the roomiest rear seats in the class. Another plus was the availability of some attractive options for not a lot of money, which should make it quite attractive on the used car market.
Alerts
There are 3 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
NA
2010
NA
2011
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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
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2018
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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 looks good on paper but then doesn't quite live up to expectations. Redesigned for 2013, the Nissan is noisy and underwhelming to drive.

Sentra's best quality is that it has one of the roomiest rear seats in the class. Another plus was the availability of some attractive options for not a lot of money, which should make it quite attractive on the used car market. Our mid-trim Sentra SV sported a rear camera and navigation system, push-button start, automatic headlights, contemporary (for the time) communications capability and connectivity, as well as a host of other modern gear. Fuel economy came in at 29 mpg overall.

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.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (130 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Nissan Sentra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Headlights

"The headlights and interior lights go off and it takes several minutes for them to come back on"

Jill H., OH (2015 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Touch lock/unlock button in driver door failed... took 2 attempts to get it fixed with the correct part... I have to drive 48 miles to the dealer"

David S., AZ (2015 Nissan Sentra SV 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"battery died in the remote.."

Veronica S., ME (2015 Nissan Sentra SV 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission started seizing and Nissan was great about replacing it in no time. Drives beautifully now"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission hunted for appropriate gearing (CVT) at 34000. Dealer determined that CVT needed replacement. I was provided a loaner car and repair under warranty for no charge."

Anonymous, TN (2015 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"At approximately 40,ooo miles, the car stopped driving all together. had it towed almost 100 miles to a Virginia Dealership. Found out the transmission had to replaced, covered under warranty. Once again the length of time that Nissan Corporate to give the dealership was lengthy. Free loaner car was provided. Dealership in Virginia kept me abreast frequently on the status of the car and they were very empathetic about it."

Anonymous, DE (2015 Nissan Sentra SV 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"The shifting points from the CVT would over-rev, then abruptly shift and lower rpms from a higher than typical point when accelerating normally."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Nissan Sentra SV 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"I have owned 7 Nissan's and this 2015 Nissan Sentra has many problems that even under warranty the dealership would not fix the problems. The transmission slips, the engine loses power, the car has many electrical issues, lights not working, radio stops playing, so many problems to list. The dealership would not fix under warranty. Car is junk"

John C., VA (2015 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission slips even after letting the car warm up. It sometimes slips after stopping from a stop. I was backing up one time and the transmission locked up and the entire car shut down"

Jill H., OH (2015 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-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)

"Light in board"

Richard M., QC (2015 Nissan Sentra SV 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"squeaking fixed with a recall"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Nissan Sentra 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Since the car was about a year old, the window right back rubber insulation strip has come off several time"

Michael C., WI (2015 Nissan Sentra 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Something loosened. No big issue"

Risa L., CA (2015 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"window trim loose; may be warranty repair"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Nissan Sentra S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem is loose driver's door handle trim which has separated from the mechanism. This also sometimes impacts access to the pushbutton door lock. Has not been fixed, out of warranty."

Anonymous, TN (2015 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-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 pump

"had to be replaced"

Dennis B., CA (2015 Nissan Sentra 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"We were sitting at a traffic light and BOTH front airbags deployed and the vehicle was not hit or hit another. Nissan said that could not happen and helped us out with ZERO support. The vehicle was totaled by our insurance company."

Robert T., TX (2015 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Took it in for a tapping noise, found out the bottom part of the engine had to be replaced. I kept hearing from the Nissan dealership that Nissan Corporate was working with them to get the problem fixed. It took a long time to get the repair done due to corporate back and forth with the dealership. The dealership did what they could to keep me informed but still took a long time to replace engine. Engine was rebuilt at 25,000 miles"

Anonymous, DE (2015 Nissan Sentra SV 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

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

Ball joints

"I wasn't aware the problem existed. Discovered in routine maintenance visit, repaired and paid for by warranty"

Gail U., CA (2015 Nissan Sentra SV 1.8-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.

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Minor

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

Drive System

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

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

Climate System

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

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