2016 Nissan Sentra Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on February 11, 2016 9:32 AM

Behold Its Roomy and Refined Interior

Boasting more rear legroom than some midsize sedans and similarly impressive interior design and materials, the Nissan Sentra is one of the grown-ups in the compact car segment. There are sportier and more boldly styled alternatives in its price range, but the accommodating, efficient and tech-savvy Sentra delivers an excellent mix of the characteristics most buyers care about in the real world.

And for 2016 the Sentra has been further enhanced with updated styling, a more refined interior and new tech features not common to the class.  

Driving It

From our full review of the 2016 Nissan Sentra: "The 2016 Nissan Sentra is a daily commuter, unconcerned with brisk acceleration or razor-sharp cornering. It's quiet, thanks to the additional sound deadening, and the 4-cylinder engine only makes its presence known at full throttle, and even that's not so loud thanks to the addition of Nissan's D-Step logic to the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which mimics a standard transmission under heavy loads."

Comparison Test

The Nissan Sentra was one of four compact sedans in which we traversed 400 miles of highways, mountain roads and city streets throughout San Diego County as part of our 2016 Compact Car Comparison.

Build and Price

The 2016 Nissan Sentra starts at over $17,000 and tops out above $25,000 with an impressive list of features. The Sentra is available in five trim levels -- the basic S (with 6-speed manual transmission or CVT), FE+S, SV, SR and top-of-the-line SL. Build and price your own 2016 Nissan Sentra to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Other Compact Cars

The Sentra isn't among the sportiest cars in the category, but it checks just about every other box. Is it the right choice for you? To be sure, first check out our Compact Car Buyer's Guide.