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2018 Nissan Sentra

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 8/23/2018 Tony Markovich

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The Nissan Sentra is like Cream of Wheat. By itself, it’s unexciting and basic in form, but it gets the job done. It's a comfortable and cheap ride that goes about its business without any fuss, and its reputation as a reliable and sensible choice helps it sell in big numbers. But better alternatives with more personality are available from other automakers. The Sentra's lower trims offer little more than the basics, while the SR Turbo and NISMO variants bring modern features and decent performance thanks to their more powerful turbo engine. But at the end of the day, dressed-up Cream of Wheat is still Cream of Wheat.

What’s New for 2018?

The Sentra’s days in its current generation are winding down. After Nissan added the SR Turbo and NISMO models for 2017, only minor changes hit in 2018, boiling down to differences in standard equipment and a few new features. A 5.0-inch color screen with a backup camera and front automated emergency braking are now standard on all trims (although Nissan leaves it off manual-transmission and NISMO Sentras). Adaptive cruise control becomes standard on SR and SL models, while dual-zone automatic temperature control is standard on SV models and higher. Sixteen-inch wheels are new for SV grades, while SL trims adopt the Premium Tech package for no extra cost. Finally, top-performing NISMO Sentras now come with the NISMO Tech package.

Trims and Options We’d Choose

Although the speed-thirsty demons inside of us beg for the SR Turbo’s more powerful engine, we believe it costs too much. The bottom-rung S model makes the most sense for those seeking the sensible economy that the Sentra provides. To add an incremental amount of engagement, we’d stick with the six-speed manual transmission. The S trim includes:

• 5.0-inch color screen with backup camera

• Bluetooth audio and phone capabilities

• Keyless entry

No extra packages are available, leaving the price at $17,875.

Base Price Comparison

a screenshot of a computer screen: 2018 Nissan Sentra: An Econobox Stuck in a Box© Car and Driver 2018 Nissan Sentra: An Econobox Stuck in a Box 2018 Nissan Sentra: An Econobox Stuck in a Box: The Nissan Sentra is like Cream of Wheat. By itself, it’s unexciting and elemental in form, but it gets the job done.© Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc The Nissan Sentra is like Cream of Wheat. By itself, it’s unexciting and elemental in form, but it gets the job done.
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