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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
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The 2015 Nissan Sentra has been recalled 3 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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.

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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Engine Cooling

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

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

Drive System

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

Engine Minor

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

Climate System

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

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.

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.

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS:SENSOR:OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION
Apr 26 2016
If the frontal passenger air bag deploys in the event of a crash when a child seat is installed in the front passenger seat, there will be an increased risk of injury to the child in the CRS.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2016 Sentra vehicles manufactured June 4, 2012, to April 9, 2016. The front passenger seat belt bracket may become deformed if it is used to secure a Child Restraint System (CRS). The deformed seat bracket may cause the Occupant Classification System (OCS) to incorrectly classify the installed CRS, resulting in the front passenger air bag to not be turned off as designed when a CRS is in the seat.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will reinforce the seat belt bracket as well as reprogram the Air Bag Control Unit (ACU) and OCS Electronic Control Unit (ECU), free of charge. The recall began on June 13, 2016. Owners are warned not to install a CRS in the front seat. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V242000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 645898
AIR BAGS:SENSOR:OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION
Apr 26 2016
If the passenger frontal air bag does not deploy as intended in the event of a crash, the passenger is at an increased risk of injury.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima, 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, NV200, LEAF, Sentra, and Pathfinder, 2014-2016 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60, QX60 Hybrid, and Q50 Hybrid, 2014-2017 Nissan Rogue and Infiniti Q50, 2015-2016 Nissan Murano, Murano Hybrid, and Chevrolet City Express, 2014-2015 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, and 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles. In these vehicles, the front seat passenger Occupant Classification System (OCS) may incorrectly classify an adult passenger as a child or classify the seat as empty despite it being occupied. As a result, the passenger frontal air bag may be turned off and not deploy in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify their owners. Chevrolet City Express owners will be notified by General Motors. Dealers will reprogram the Air Bag Control Unit (ACU) and OCS Electronic Control Unit (ECU) in Altima, Maxima, Murano, Rogue, and Sentra vehicles, and replace the OCS ECU in LEAF, NV200, NV200 Taxi, Pathfinder, Infiniti Q50, JX35, and QX60 and Chevrolet City Express vehicles, free of charge. Interim notices were sent to owners on May 31, 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669, Infiniti customer service at 1-888-833-3216 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V244000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3296947
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
Jul 21 2015
A door that does not fully latch may result in the door opening while the car is moving. The distraction may increase the risk of a crash and/or a vehicle occupant may fall out of the vehicle if they are not wearing a seatbelt, increasing their risk of injury.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2015 Nissan Rogue vehicles manufactured June 9, 2015, to June 10, 2015, and 2015 Nissan Sentra and Versa Note vehicles manufactured June 5, 2015, to June 13, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the driver side front and rear doors may not fully latch. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 206, "Door Locks and Door Retention Components."
What should you do:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the date, lot number, and cavity code on the left front and rear door latches, and replace them, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on August 31, 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V453000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6595
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