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
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
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
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.
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.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
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.