Why Buy the Nissan Sentra?
Those looking for a spacious four-door compact car at a rock-bottom price should definitely give the Sentra a look. It's easy to see why first-time buyers still flock to the Sentra, though there are sportier and techier options in its class. It has the roominess of a midsize sedan in the frame of a compact car and starts at the nearly-unbeatable price of $17,000 for the base model.
Which Sentra is the Best?
Your definition of best depends on what's important to you. If you want a fun driving experience and are willing to spend several thousand more to get it, the Sentra SR Turbo or Sentra Nismo with their turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission might turn your head. But if you're like most Sentra shoppers, you probably want something closer to the base model's sticker price.
We'd recommend the Sentra SV. It's just a couple thousand extra but for that you get continuously variable transmission, dual-zone climate control, six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and push-button start. From there it's just an inexpensive package away from adding a larger touch screen, moonroof, Nissan Connect, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Is the Sentra a Good Car?
Perhaps it goes without saying that you can get more car for more money than the Sentra. And if you have money to spend on all the bells and whistles, you'll probably look elsewhere. But there's a reason the Sentra is one of America's best-selling cars. It's an inexpensive car that isn't cheap. In fact, the exterior is downright attractive, looking like a mini Nissan Altima.
With an average reliability rating from J.D. Power, you know you're not getting a lemon. While the base engine might feel underpowered, the magic of CVT might help you never notice. Finally, there's also the roomy interior--possibly the best feature of the Sentra--without paying through the nose for it.
What are the Best Features you can find on a Sentra?
If you really want to go all out, choose the Nissan Sentra SL. For just $25,000, you check just about every option and then experience a pretty luxurious drive every time. There are precious few options at that price for those who want leather seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, 6-inch touch screen, navigation, smartphone integration, an eight-speaker premium audio system, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert in a compact car for that price point. In fact, the Sentra may be the only one.