2016 Nissan Sentra Walk Around

The tweaking for 2016 makes the Sentra look more like the grownup Nissan sedans, the Altima and classy Maxima. There’s a new crease flowing from the front wheels to rear deck, that suggests the upscale lines.

The sporty Sentra SR gets its own front and rear fascias, foglamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, molding on the side sills, rear spoiler, and chrome exhaust tip.


The interior of the Sentra lacks the refinement of a Chevy Cruze or VW Jetta. It’s upright and straightforward, with a two-tiered and gently flowing dash that tapers at the sides to save space. In the mid-range models, the matte and metallic plastic, blend in a way that suggests a nice try to be upscale. The available artificial leather is plasticky, we prefer the standard fabric. There’s more sound insulation and laminated glass, bringing serenity on the highway, but not eliminating the drone of the four-cylinder when it’s working hard.

There’s a generous amount of headroom in front and legroom for all passengers, but the seat comfort is only average. The rear seat can easily hold three pre-teens, although adults will want more headroom and a higher seating position (which can’t be done without raising the roof). Oddly, the front seats feel too high.

The rear seatbacks feature a hidden center armrest, and fold forward (not flat) and open the cabin to the roomy trunk that feels like a chest that can hold a lot of suitcases.

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