Pros: "Best value under 25,000 fully loaded. Does it all."
Cons: "could use air vents in rear compartment."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I just recently bought the 2015 SentraSL. This is the fully loaded model with all the bells and whistles that looks and performs as well than much more expensive vehicles. When I test drove it, played with, loaded my bike in it and paired my Kindle with it I was blown away by the 8 speaker Bose sound system. Note that I managed an up scale car audio store and installed sound systems in a number of expensive vehicles. If you want a car with a phenomenal stock audio system, get the SL. It will blow you away. That being said, let's get on to the more important stuff.
If you want a fully loaded luxury sedan for under 25,000. This is your best choice. I recently retired, a little prematurely, after 27 years in the health care industry. I was provided with a new car every 18 months, Ford's, Toyata, Dodge, and Chevy's. Sedans and Cross overs, notably the Chevy Equinox. Many models more expensive and not as nice as the Sentra. In fact, I never bought any company car, even the Charger, but if I had the 2015 SentraSL and no major issues, I would have bought it as a my personal car.
On the Exterior the Sentra looks a lot like an Infinity, not as sexy and not as sexy as the Altima but classy. The finish is great in the dark grey, with leather black interior. The LED front and rear lights give it a rich look. I have 17 inch aluminium wheels of which looks great and have low resistance Contintal tires mounted. If previouse experience from my many previous vehicles serve me with the Sentra, I suspect replacement tires will be expensive (at this time I cannot support that, just a gut feeling.) The sunroof works flawlessly and comes standard with the SL package. I can tell you based on my audio auto days that aftermarket sunroofs are a bad idea. If you want it done right, get it pre-installed by the manufacturer. My SL also has door mirrors that retract and have built in turn signals, front only. I took it on a road trip for 450 miles the first week of ownership and drove through the worst storm so far this year on the east coast. The car handled well, the fog lights ( also standard on the SL) did their job. Most importantly, the car did not leak. This is a testament to great and solid construction. Kudos to Nissan. As a side note. The car has little check marks all over the car, where not important, that signify that an inspector checked personally, that the job was done right. I'm told that this is rare.
The interior is where the 2015 Nissan SentraSL really shines. Let me just say WOW. The dash is stylish and informative. The interior materials are hard rubber, not plastic as in my former cars including the Dodge Charger and even my 2015 Chevy Equinox. The reason I note this is that plastic scuffs and breaks. The Dodge Charger was the worst and the Chevy Equinox nut much better. I have the upgrade Bose 8 speaker sound system, and full navigation package. As noted previously, the sound system is superb and works flawlessly. The Navigation is the best I've ever used. While giving directions, it sits the screen and let's you know and See, tourns before you have to make them. Another cool thing on the screen is that is provides you with the speed limit in the bottom right side so that you never have to guess. I must say that when in Philadelphia, the navigation system directed us to a very hard to find restaurant of which until we reached it, I thought it was taking us nowhere. My SentraSL also has an automatic dimming rear mirror and has garage door opnerers mounted on it. Let me say that they both work great.
The SentraSL leather interior is first class all around. The leather wrapped starring wheel, shift knob and the arm wreast's are color coordinated. Contrary to other reviwes I've read, I will state that the only more comfortable seat I've ever sat in is my wife's 2010 Mazda CX7 of which is also leather. The seats are perforated and heated. They seats have pockets on both front and rear. The air conditioner works great even on 90 degree days and can be fine tuned on both sides. One of my only complainants on this car would be the lack of events for passengers in the rear. The AltimaSL does have this. Note that the side mirrors are heated as well.
The 2015 Nissan SentraSL is very roomy although not as much as the Altima. Plenty of room front and back a song as your not taller than six feet. As mentioned in other reviews the trunk is huge. According to Nissan, a,six foot ladder will fit with front and rear seats down. My TT bike fits without issues with the seats down. Six pieces of luggage and much more will work. And finally, I think I read, that 99 teddy bears will fit. I do not doubt it.
Now, let's talk about the ride. I have driven almost 2000 miles in less than 2 months. Even through an awful storm to Philadelphia. The car drives smooth and comfortable. It is quiet even over 70mph. I have NO complaints about the CVT transmission. With a 10 year or 120,000 mile warranty, I have no fears. In the city I get around 33 miles per gallon and on the highway around 42 miles per gallon. My experience is comparable to other reviewers. Unlike a few other reviewers,I love the way this car drives and I have pushed it to the limit in a few cases. I feel that it drives no better or worse than my Charger, Taurus and Equinox. My wife's 2005 Mazda CX7 does drive with more punch despite being a cross over.
In short, I feel that this is the best,fully loaded sedan under 25,000. It has all the bells and whistles, drives great and looks decent. Can't ask for much more."
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