Sun Valley Nissan has just taken delivery of four new 2016 Nissan Sentra’s, and we’ll soon be getting more.
The mid-model redesign of the new 2016 Nissan Sentra has added significant upgrades without losing the sleek beauty of the exterior sheet metal. Cost has been held in check, too, so the value equation improves quite a bit for car shoppers who are carefully weighing what they get for their money.
Of course, this is going to seem like a biased opinion, but we study the competition very closely and we’ve always accepted trades of other brands. However, we have to say that, hands down, the Sentra has the most attractive exterior design in the segment. The new Honda Civic (the front fascia and rear are needlessly fussy and futuristic in our view) and the Toyota Corolla (whose angularity summons the old Ford Focus) are formidable competitors, but they don’t capture the esthetic that Nissan does.
We don’t want to get into a side-by-side, tit-fo-tat comparison here because we’re really talking about launching the new Sentra. Nissan has freshened the front end of the car to reflect the adoption of the V-Motion grille, which carries through the entire lineup, including the newly redesigned Altima and Maxima. The engineers have also tuned the suspension on all four corners for a more sporty and aggressive feel. Dampening material has been added to make the cabin even quieter than it already was, too.
Our recent long-term review of last year’s Sentra “Outging 2015 Sentra a Winner” made note of the car’s superior level of comfort and ride quality. If anything, these improve with the 2016 Sentra.
A redesigned steering wheel that channels the 370Z was added, and the infotainment and safety systems were refreshed due to the ways we drive and consume media these days. The software and interfaces for communicating via mobile phone — from texting to social media — and streaming other types of entertainment have been massively upgraded. Talking to Siri is also an integrated function now.
While the drivetrain and continuously variable transmission (CVT) remain unchanged, there have been software tweaks to improve performance, particularly in the CVT module. Shift points have become more distinct even though there are no “gears” in CVT transmissions. It’s a virtual setup that will feel familiar to those who’ve grown accustomed to traditional automatics. Nissan manages this better than just about any other car maker on the planet.
In any event, we think the new 2016 Nissan Sentra has arrived in more ways than one. It’s a classy, stylish compact sedan that punches above its weight in terms of features, handling, comfort and quality. It also churns out some the best fuel efficiency number in its class. But hey, don’t take our word for it. Check out some of the following independent reviews and then consider taking one for a test drive.