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2016 Nissan Sentra: LA Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2016 Nissan Sentra receives a facelift to remain competitive with an ever-changing torrent of compact-car rivals. It debuts at the LA Auto Show with new styling, new features and a few other tweaks that set it apart from last year’s Sentra.

The most obvious change to the 2016 Sentra comes to the exterior, which wears a totally new front end designed to mimic the latest Altima and the recently redesigned Maxima. The sedan also offers a subtly revised rear end with updated taillights.

The Sentra also offers a few changes beyond its new look. There are newly available LED headlights, for instance, along with a 5-inch gauge cluster screen, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision alert with automatic braking and upgraded interior materials. The Sentra also offers slightly improved suspension for better cornering and handling.

Under the hood, the 2016 Sentra retains last year’s powertrain, a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder offering 130 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. As in today’s Sentra, a 6-speed manual is standard on the base model, while a fuel-saving continuously variable automatic transmission is standard in all other trim levels.

How Much?

Although full pricing has not yet been released, the 2016 Sentra S will start from $17,605 with shipping, an increase of $250 over last year’s model.

When Can You Get It?

By the end of 2015.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

The 2016 Nissan Sentra is loaded with technology, giving it a huge advantage over rivals including the Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Jetta, which don’t offer features such as adaptive cruise control, automatic braking or LED headlights. We also happen to like the latest Sentra’s look, which boasts a bold new grille that helps tie it into the rest of Nissan’s lineup.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 Ford Focus — The Focus isn’t as technologically advanced as the Sentra, but it touts better fuel economy, an available hatchback body style and optional high-performance (ST) and electric (Focus Electric) options.

2016 Honda Civic — Although today’s Civic is showing its age, a new model is right around the corner, and it’s said to offer all the latest high-tech safety features, along with standout styling.

2016 Mazda3 — The Mazda3 is among our favorite compact cars, thanks to excellent handling, bold styling and a long list of available technology. It also offers more power than the Sentra and a practical hatchback body style.

Used Nissan Altima — If you need a midsize sedan but like the Sentra’s bold styling and reasonable pricing, you may want to consider Nissan’s larger Altima. It’s pricier than the Sentra, though, so you might want to look at used models.

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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