Overall, the compact Sentra trails the class. A recent freshening resulted in a quieter car, thanks in part to the less-intrusive CVT. Handling is fairly responsive and secure, but the ride is stiff and driving experience is ho-hum and joyless. The tall stance aids cabin access, the elevated driving position helps visibility, and the rear seat is one of the roomiest in the class. Acceleration times are among the slowest in the class, the cockpit is narrow, and the front seats lack support. Improvements to occupant crash protection resulted in better IIHS crash-test scores, and available safety features include blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. Sportier turbo and NISMO versions are available. For 2018, most versions of the Sentra get standard forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking.