First Look and Review: 2016 Nissan Sentra

Nissan Sentras old and new (foreground)

By Jonathan Spira on 10 February 2016
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The refreshed 2016 Nissan Sentra made its debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and the update brings the Japanese automaker’s new design language that we first saw in the elegant Nissan Murano and subsequently in the new Maxima and Altima to the Sentra.

Since its introduction in 1982, when it was a subcompact, it’s grown in size, moving up the ladder from compact to mid-size. It’s clearly come a long way and further benefits from technology that it shares with its even larger siblings.

The Sentra has a redesigned front fascia, grille, fenders, hood, and Nissan’s signature boomerang-shaped headlights that have an aggressive always-on LED signature line. The updated rear fascia gets boomerang taillights and there are new wheels on various trim levels.

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Open the driver’s door and there’s a six-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, a new center stack design and updated center console with a solid user interface, and a steering wheel that Nissan says was inspired by the Nissan 370Z. The seats have been upgraded to a better class of fabric and soft-touch materials are now on the instrument panel and door armrests.

Once underway, information is presented on the new TFT LCD display with improved resolution and a 5” Advanced Drive-Assist display between speedometer and tachometer.


We spent the better part of a day in Southern California getting to know the new Sentra. Nissan feels so highly of what the car has become that it chose The Resort at Pelican Hill to showcase it.

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