2018 Nissan Sentra

Original MSRP Range
$16,990 - $25,790
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
25 - 29 MPG City / 30 - 37 MPG Hwy
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2018 Nissan Sentra

What We Like

Spacious interior; strong fuel economy; agreeable ride; attractively priced; user-friendly navigation and instruments; high-tech safety and infotainment features; sporty Turbo and NISMO trims

What We Don't

Non-turbo models not particularly quick; no 5-door hatchback model; lacks some flashier color options offered on other makes; no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.1/ 5

Consumer Rating

3.8/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Nissan Sentra?

For 2018, the Sentra gains automatic emergency braking as standard equipment. The Sentra S gains a rearview monitor and 5-inch color touchscreen, while the SV grade gets new 16-in aluminum wheels and dual-zone automatic climate control. Intelligent Cruise Control is standard on SR 1.8 and SL models, and the previous NISMO and SL Tech packages are made standard on those trims.See the 2018 Nissan Sentra models for sale near you

Which Sentra is the Best?

As Nissan rightly points out in its marketing materials, the Sentra is a good deal, with even the SL starting at a hair over $24,000. We'd make ours an SR with the Technology package and we'd still be out the door with an MSRP of just under $23,000. That's refreshing. For those wanting a bit more power, the SR Turbo with the Premium Technology package is a really sweet deal.

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How Much Does a 2018 Nissan Sentra Cost?

The 2018 Nissan Sentra is offered in six trims: S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, NISMO and SL. Only the S, SR Turbo and NISMO trims offer a manual transmission; all others employ a CVT.

The Sentra S ($17,875) includes a 6-speed manual transmission, 16-in steel wheels with plastic covers, LED headlight and taillight accents, power windows and door locks, air conditioning, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver's seat and a 4-speaker audio system with a 5-in touchscreen, a rearview monitor and USB and auxiliary audio inputs. Automatic emergency braking is added when equipped with the CVT automatic.

The Sentra SV ($19,845) features a 6-speaker touchscreen audio system, illuminated steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, Intelligent Key with push-button start, a 5-in driver information screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, 16-in wheels, NissanConnect, Siri Eyes Free (requires an Apple smartphone), a security system and upgraded cloth trim.

The Sentra SR ($21,255) includes unique 17-in alloy wheels, more aggressive front and rear fascias, side-sill extensions, a rear spoiler, fog lights, LED low-beam headlights, rear disc brakes, a chrome exhaust tip, adaptive cruise control and heated front seats and side mirrors, plus unique sport cloth upholstery.

The Sentra SL ($24,325) is stocked with different 17-in alloys, automatic headlights, heated exterior mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, keyless entry with push-button start, a leather steering-wheel and shift-knob trim, a power moonroof, Bose audio, a 6-way power driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar support, heated front seats, leather seating surfaces, Piano Black interior accents, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 5.8-in color touchscreen with SiriusXM radio (subscription sold separately) and USB/Bluetooth connectivity. Also standard is a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert and NissanConnect with navigation and mobile apps.

The Sentra SR Turbo ($23,085) builds on the the SR's features with stiffer springs and dampers, revised electronic steering settings and larger brakes. A power sunroof is standard.

The Sentra NISMO ($26,675) brings unique NISMO exterior and interior design elements, the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, a stiffer chassis, upgraded brakes and suspension and 18-in NISMO 10-spoke alloy wheels.

Several options packages are available on various trims offering such upgrades as navigation, Bose audio, a power moonroof, a 6-way power driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar support, leather seating surfaces, a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert.

Sentra Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Sentra NISMO CVT$25,790 / $24,4954 Cylinder Turbo18825 / 306-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Sentra NISMO Manual$25,790 / $24,4954 Cylinder Turbo188N/A6-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Sentra S CVT$18,275 / $17,8114 Cylinder12429 / 376-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Sentra S Manual$16,990 / $16,5624 Cylinder130N/A6-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Sentra SL CVT$23,440 / $22,2674 Cylinder12429 / 37Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Sentra SR CVT$20,500 / $19,4814 Cylinder12429 / 37Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Sentra SR Turbo CVT$22,490 / $21,3664 Cylinder Turbo18827 / 336-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Sentra SR Turbo Manual$22,200 / $21,0914 Cylinder Turbo188N/A6-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Sentra SV CVT$19,085 / $18,1394 Cylinder12429 / 37Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD

Is the 2018 Nissan Sentra a Safe Car?

The 2018 Nissan Sentra comes with anti-lock brakes that use front discs and rear drums. Rear drum brakes, which are cheaper and simpler than disc brakes, are a common feature on entry-level economy cars, but you'll want discs if possible. To that end, note that the Sentra S and SV models come only with rear drums, while the SR, SL and NISMO models feature discs all around.

Every Sentra is outfitted with six airbags -- front, front side and full-length side curtain. Models equipped with the automatic transmission also come standard with automatic emergency braking.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Nissan Sentra an overall score of four out of five stars, with four stars awarded in the front and rollover tests and five stars in the side-impact test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Sentra a Good score in all of its crash tests -- including a Superior score in the crash-avoidance and mitigation tests -- and lists the Sentra as a Top Safety Pick.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Premium Pkg
  • Blind-Spot Warning

Competition

2018 Nissan Sentra vs the competition

2018 Chevrolet Cruze -- The Cruze offers a more playful suspension, but its turbocharged engine isn't as powerful as the Sentra's turbo. Stylistically, the Cruze is much sleeker than the Sentra and offers a 5-door hatchback model. It also costs a bit less. There's also a high-mileage diesel option.

2018 Honda Civic -- The Civic offers a more modern design inside and out, with a choice of coupe, hatchback or sedan body styles. The Civic gets better fuel economy than the Sentra and offers a wide range of models, including the sporty Si and Type R.

2018 Hyundai Elantra -- A direct rival to the Sentra in terms of both power and fuel economy, the Elantra offers distinctive styling and a more generous feature set. Passenger volume is nearly identical between the two, but the Sentra has greater cargo volume.

Used Nissan Altima -- A 2013-2016 Nissan Altima offers more power, more room and more features -- with the same good looks and Nissan quality.

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