2016 Nissan Sentra

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Nissan Sentra highlights

Customer rating


  • Spacious back seat
  • Large trunk
  • Available driver-assist features


  • Can feel underpowered
  • No Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ or Bluetooth® connectivity on base model
  • Lackluster interior design

Mileage (EPA estimate)

27 city, 36 highway, 30 combined

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What is new for the 2016 Nissan Sentra?

  • Sentra trims have been upgraded with Blind Spot Monitor, Power Seat(s), Navigation System, and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment this year.
  • Automated Cruise Control features are now available as options on select trims.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Nissan Sentra

1. Spacious interior

Despite the "compact" sedan label, the 2016 Nissan Sentra offers generous interior space. With seating for up to five passengers, there is plenty of legroom for everyone, with 42.5 inches up front and a, surprisingly roomy, 37.4 inches in back — generous for a car of its size. The trunk is also a decent size, with 15.1 cu-ft of cargo space, which is more than enough for your daily errands, weekend projects, or week-long getaways.

2. Fewer fill-ups

The 2016 Nissan Sentra is an excellent choice if you are looking for a car that helps you minimize trips to your local gas stations. Under the hood at all trim levels, is a 1.8L four-cylinder engine paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) driving the front wheels. This combination lets the 2016 Sentra achieve an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined.

If you find a Sentra with the FE+ S trim, you can get an impressive EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined.
This is great news if you regularly commute to the office and need something that can go the distance.

3. Road trip hero

The 2016 Nissan Sentra offers a smooth and comfortable ride, thanks to its quiet-tuned suspension system. The car's suspension and standard 16-inch wheels absorb most bumps and road imperfections, giving you a comfortable and quiet ride even on rough roads. The 2016 model gained additional sound-absorbing material in the interior, while the exterior features a bold and aerodynamic design, which helps to reduce wind noise. The relaxing cabin lets you arrive at your destination without feeling tired or stressed.

4. User-friendly tech

The 2016 Nissan Sentra comes standard with an easy-to-use infotainment system, which includes a five-inch color driver information display, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a four-speaker audio system. Higher trims offer more advanced features, such as a 5.8-inch touchscreen, Bose® audio system, and navigation. The 2016 Sentra also has a standard rearview camera, which makes parking and reversing easier. The CVT even has programmed shifts, so it feels more like a familiar automatic transmission.

5. Hot SR trim

The 2016 Nissan Sentra SR offers a sportier driving experience with standard features like projector headlights with LED accents, a rear spoiler, sport-tuned suspension, fog lights, chrome exhaust tip, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The SR also includes standard convenience features like heated front seats, push-button start, heated exterior mirrors, and navigation. Overall, the SR trim provides a balance of a stylish exterior with highly desired interior features that make it a great daily driver.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Customers love the 2016 Nissan Sentra. They like that it's good on gas, has heated seats, and is comfortable to drive. It's a great car for anyone from college students to small families. Features customer love include a back up camera for tight parking spaces.

RepairPal gave the Nissan Sentra an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Nissan Sentra 16th out of 46 among Compact Cars.

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Nissan Sentra features and specs

S 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Cloth Seats
  • Rear Spoiler

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 42.5"/R 37.4"

Head room

F 39.4"/R 36.7"

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