2015 Nissan Sentra

Starting MSRP: $16,530 - $20,720

Estimated MPG: 27 city / 35 hwy

2015 Nissan Sentra Review

The 2015 Nissan Sentra brings an attractive interior to the compact car segment. This small sedan is big on value and offers one of most efficient powertrains in the class.

Nissan offers the 2015 Sentra in six grades: S, FE+ S, SV, SR and SL. All models are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Numerous enhancements were made to the 2015 Sentra, including four new exterior colors. The base Sentra gains some useful standard features, including automatic headlights, a USB port and Bluetooth phone connectivity. More standard features debut on higher trims too, with models like the Sentra SV gaining a rearview camera, satellite radio, proximity key, push-button start and hands-free text messaging.

Exterior

Exterior

Nissan adds pizzazz to the usual boxy compact sedan. The 2015 Sentra takes styling cues from larger models such as the 2016 Nissan Altima and Pathfinder, most notably with a broad chrome grille, as well as flared headlamp assemblies and distinct sculpting running from the front bumper and across the hood.

A sweeping roofline and a high beltline project a look that is at once elegant and sporty. At the rear, a raised deck is topped by a spoiler on some models. Flared taillights and an available chrome tip exhaust complete this sedan’s anything but plain look.

Automatic headlights with LED accents, LED taillights and intermittent wipers are standard. Available equipment includes heated sideview mirrors with turn signal indicators, fog lights and a moonroof. Wheel choices range from the base Sentra’s 16-inch steel wheels to 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

Interior

Interior

Like other compact sedans, the 2015 Sentra offers room for five, but is ideal for four. The cabin offers a simple and clean layout. All models feature a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with cruise, audio and Bluetooth controls. The center stack is neatly ordered with the transmission shifter at the base of the stack and just ahead of two cup holders and an armrest with a covered storage compartment. An available rear-seat center armrest includes two cup holders.

Standard equipment includes power windows and door locks, air conditioning and cloth upholstery. Available equipment includes keyless entry with push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and illuminated sun visors.

The Sentra’s trunk is larger than that of most competitors, and it rivals the cargo space offered by some midsize sedans. Measuring 15.1 cubic feet, storage space can be greatly expanded with the 60/40-split rear seat folded down.

Performance

Performance

The 2015 Sentra’s lone engine is a 1.8-liter four cylinder with 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the S and FE+S trims. All other grades receive a standard CVT.

Fuel economy is 29/37 mpg city/highway for most grades equipped with the CVT. The Sentra FE+ S model benefits from enhancements that increase the estimated fuel economy to 30/38 mpg city/highway.

Technology

Technology

The base Sentra comes with a USB port, MP3 CD playback capability, Bluetooth phone connectivity and an auxiliary input jack. A standard four-speaker audio system gives way to a six-speaker system with satellite radio, Bluetooth audio streaming and a 5.0-inch color display in the Sentra SV. An eight-speaker Bose audio system is optional on upper trim level models only.

A navigation system is optional, except on the base trim. This system includes a 5.8-inch color touch-screen display, along with SiriusXM traffic and travel link.