2017 Nissan Sentra Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on November 30, 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.  

Driving It

From our full review of the 2017 Nissan Sentra: "In its most basic form, Nissan’s compact Sentra sedan for 2017 seems more concerned with fuel efficiency and comfort than rapid acceleration and handling. The Sentra is quiet even at speed and the 4-cylinder engine only makes its presence known at full throttle. Unlike more traditional CVTs, Nissan’s variable-ratio transmission features D-Step logic technology that simulates a standard-transmission’s gear changes."

Sentra SR Turbo

New for 2017 is the SR Turbo, which boasts the most powerful engine available in a Sentra. It's the only model you can get with the new 188-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, with the choice of a 6-speed manual or specially tuned continuously variable transmission. It also has upgraded brakes, steering and suspension.

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 most recent Compact Car Comparison.

Owners Say

KBB.com visitor and Sentra owner Jon has this to say about the Sentra: "The sentra has more room than many larger cars offer, and gives you all the technology you need ( navi, backup cam, touch screen, Bose. I only wish it offered the same seats the Altima has. Otherwise, I recommend it to anyone looking for a reliable and nice looking car." Read more Nissan Sentra consumer reviews.

Build and Price

The 2017 Nissan Sentra starts at under $18,000 and tops out near $26,000 with an impressive list of features. The Sentra is available in five trim levels -- the basic S (with 6-speed manual transmission or CVT), SV, SR, SL and the top-of-the-line SR Turbo. Build and price your own 2017 Nissan Sentra to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Other Compact Cars

SR Turbo aside, 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.
 


 

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