A roomy sedan with a sleek and nimble design.

Nissan Sentra Review | CarMax

The compact car market is one of the most competitive and it takes a lot to stand out. With the ever-popular Nissan Sentra, Nissan has been hitting this mark for many years by offering a sedan that is stylish, roomy, and affordable. Check out our Nissan Sentra review:

Reasons to Buy

1. Exceptional Cargo and Passenger Space

Nissan Sentra: Front Seats | CarMax

Sedans are, by nature, compact vehicles. This means that passenger space and cargo space are sometimes limited. This isn't a concern with the Nissan Sentra, which offers both a roomy trunk and a cabin. The 2017 Nissan Sentra, for example, offers 95.9 cubic feet of space in the cabin, and 15.1 cubic feet of space in the trunk. Whether you're taking your family on a road trip or hauling back a lot of products from a shopping trip, this space is sure to come in handy.

2. Exciting Trim Options

The 2017 Nissan Sentra comes in four different trim levels: S, SV, SR, and SL. Depending on which trim level you choose, you can look forward to exciting features such as keyless entry and push-button start (in all trims except for the S trim), intelligent cruise control as an option for the SR and SL trims, dual-zone automatic temperature control in the SL trim, and more!

3. Attractive Styling

Both the interior and exterior styling of the 2017 Nissan Sentra are eye-catching. Aggressive lines and gentle curves on the Nissan Sentra's body combine in perfect harmony, making for an attractive design. The 2017 Nissan Sentra interior is impressive as well, and you'll have a number of interior options depending on the trim that you select. For example, a piano black and sport interior is standard for the SR trim, while a piano black interior comes standard in the SV and SL trims. The 2017 Nissan Sentra is certainly a vehicle that wins points in the aesthetics category

4. A Comfortable Ride

Easy handling and ample passenger space combine to make the 2017 Nissan Sentra a very enjoyable ride. The 95.9 cubic feet of passenger space in the 2017 Nissan Sentra ensures that you and your passengers will have plenty of leg room and head room - a must for long drives. Meanwhile, the 2017 Nissan Sentra's smooth and responsive handling makes it a pleasure to take out on the road.

5. Plenty of Technology Features

Nissan Sentra: Dashboard | CarMax

The 2017 Nissan Sentra is certainly big on technology features, and, depending on which trim level you choose, you can look forward to plenty of useful technology. For example, blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert are both standard on the SL trim of the 2017 Nissan Sentra, an auto-dimming rearview mirror is standard on the SL trim and optional on the SR trim, and a 5-inch color audio display comes standard on the SV and SR trims (the SL trim features a 5.8-inch color audio display). These, of course, are just a few of the exciting technology features that the 2017 Nissan Sentra offers.

What You Need to Know

Nissan Sentra Average CarMax Prices1

  • 2014-2016: Average price less than $13,500.
  • 2017: Average price less than $15,500.

2017 Nissan Sentra Models & Trim Levels

  • S - The base level of the 2017 Nissan Sentra trim levels, the S trim comes with features such as a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine, a 4-speaker audio system, child safety rear door locks, and more! Read for about the S trim.
  • SV - The SV trim includes all of the features found on the S trim as well as a 6-speaker audio system, push button start, a 5-inch color audio display, a rearview monitor, piano black interior trim, satellite radio capability, and more! Read for about the SV trim.
  • SR - The SR trim includes all of the features found on the SV trim as well as aluminum alloy wheels, heated front seats, optional blind spot warning, optional rear cross traffic alert, and more! Read for about the SR trim.
  • SL - The SL trim includes all of the features found on the SR trim as well as standard blind spot warning, standard rear traffic alert, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a 5.8-inch color audio display, and more! Read for about the SL trim.

Nissan Sentra Interior and Exterior

Nissan Sentra Seating Capacity

Nissan Sentra: Back Seats | CarMax

The Nissan Sentra is a compact car that offers seating for five passengers.

Nissan Sentra Cargo Space

Nissan Sentra: Cargo | CarMax

The 2017 Nissan Sentra offers 95.9 cubic feet of space in the cabin and 15.1 cubic feet of space in the trunk. The rear seats can also be folded down to provide additional cargo space.

Nissan Sentra Colors

The 2017 Nissan Sentra comes in ten color options, including:

  • Aspen White
  • Brilliant Silver
  • Cayenne Red
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Fresh Powder
  • Graphite Blue
  • Gun Metallic
  • Red Alert
  • Super Black
  • Titanium

Nissan Sentra Engine & Transmission

The 2017 Nissan Sentra is powered by a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that offers 124 hp and 125 ft-lbs of torque. The 2017 Nissan Sentra transmission is a 6-speed manual transmission or an Xtronic automatic transmission depending on the model that you choose.

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Customer Reviews - Overall Rating: 4.3 (555 Reviews)2

  • Pros: Fuel Economy, Cabin Noise
  • Cons: Power, Braking


"Very smooth ride, almost like a luxury car without the price tag. I love it and it is great on gas"

- 2015 Nissan Sentra Owner (Dunlap, TN)

"I would recommend this car because it is great on gas. That is very important to me because I travel back and forth to work almost every day."

- 2015 Nissan Sentra Owner (Laurel, MD)

"We love our 2015 Nissan Sentra SV! The car is attractive and very roomy for a compact. The interior is upscale, it is very quiet and rides well. The standard features are extensive, and the car has a lot of value for the price!"

- 2015 Nissan Sentra Owner (Folsom, CA)

Nissan Sentra Rankings

  • 1st - Best Small Cars (2018)
  • 5th - Best Cars Under $15,000 (2018)

Click here for a full list of Nissan Sentra rankings.

What's New For 2018?

For the 2018 Nissan Sentra, automatic emergency braking comes standard on all trims. The S trim gains a 5-inch color touchscreen display, the SV trim gains dual-zone automatic climate control, and the SR and SL trims gain intelligent cruise control.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for a stylish sedan that offers plenty of space, a smooth ride, and a number of useful features, you can't go wrong with the Nissan Sentra. Thanks to all of these positive qualities, our customers have given the Nissan Sentra an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars!

1Based on CarMax average prices between April 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Reviews have been edited for brevity, clarity, and grammar.
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