The 2018 Nissan Sentra offers convenient and affordable pricing. There is plenty of space for passengers and cargo. It is also a car that is easy to use thanks to smooth driving experience and simple controls.
But Sentra is not a prominent one in the compact sedan class. Its basic engine is one of the slowest, and the optional turbocharged engine lags behind some competitors in terms of performance. There are also some rivals that offer better interiors and greater levels of comfort and technology.
For example there is the 2018 Mazda 3, which has a long list of optional features at an affordable price. The All-wheel-drive Subaru Impreza has many excellent safety features and great driving experience. The 2018 Honda Civic, can be equipped with 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, which is the overall favorite vehicle in its class.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Nissan Sentra is a five-passenger compact sedan available in six trim levels: S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, Nismo and SL.
Standard features for the base Sentra S includes remote keyless entry, 16-inch steel wheels, an automatic emergency braking, automatic headlights, air conditioning, trip computer, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a rearview camera, a 5-inch central touchscreen, Bluetooth audio connectivity, a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio input jack and a USB port.
The 2018 Nissan Sentra SV adds keyless entry and ignition, 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio and a six-speaker sound system. The SR gets 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport body kit, rear disc brakes, foglights, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, heated mirrors, heated front seats and unique cloth upholstery.
Optional for both the SV and SR is a sunroof, heated side mirrors, heated front seat, a 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation.
The SR Turbo include the SR trim features along with a sunroof, a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded front brakes and recalibrated steering.
Optional for the SR and SR Turbo include a power sunroof, an auto-dimming mirror, a power driver seat, leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, touchscreen with navigation, an eight-speaker Bose audio system with NissanConnect app connectivity.
The 2018 Nissan Sentra Nismo get the SR Turbo features plus Nismo-brand trim pieces such as 18-inch wheels, grille and badges, a spoiler, exhaust, a unique interior appearance package, larger touchscreen, NissanConnect and eight-speaker Bose stereo system.
The 2018 Nissan Sentra SL adds unique 17-inch alloy wheels and rear disc brakes, a moonroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a six-way power driver seat with lumbar adjustment, leather upholstery, a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, a larger 5.8-inch touchscreen with NissanConnect, voice controls, navigation and the premium eight-speaker Bose stereo system.
The 2018 Nissan Sentra offers two different engines. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine generates 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque is standard on the S, SV, SR and SL models. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the S, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional but standard on all other models.
In performance testing, a Sentra SL accelerated from zero to 60 mph in slow 10.1 seconds. The EPA estimated fuel economy with the manual transmission at 30 mpg combined (27 mpg city/35 mpg highway). The CVT rated at 32 mpg combined (29 city/37 highway).
The 2018 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo and Nismo get a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, which produces 188 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. It paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a specially calibrated CVT with manual-shift mode. EPA fuel economy is rated at 28 mpg combined (26 mpg city/32 mpg highway) with the manual gearbox and 29 mpg combined (27 city/33 highway) with the CVT.
The 2018 Nissan Sentra has a larger interior than it looks when viewed from the outside. Both front and rear seats offer excellent headroom and leg room, even for 6-footer passengers.
Cabin design is not luxurious, but the quality of materials and construction is very good. Another important advantage is the NissanConnect, a system that allows drivers to use smartphone-based applications such as Google search via 5.8-inch touch screen. With a simple menu, it’s easy to use, although there’s no denying that it’s one of the smallest screens in its class, and its poor graphical resolution.
2018 Nissan Sentra trunk is spacious, with 15.1 cubic feet of storage. Folding down the two 60/40-split rear ends expands the cargo capacity even further.
Release Dates and Price
The 2018 Nissan Sentra is available at the dealership for purchase now. It ranges from $17,000 to $26,000, see below.