- Adds standard features for 2015
- Estimated 40 mpg on the highway with fuel economy package
- IIHS Top Safety Pick award winner
The 2015 Nissan Sentra is back with a few new tricks up its sleeve in the form of added standard features which give the compact sedan even more value in a crowded segment.
The Sentra competes against mainstays like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Ford Focus. For the new model year, the Sentra ups the ante with automatic headlights, a USB port, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, and steering-wheel mounted audio controls now standard on every model. And even after all of those additions, the base price has only risen by $500.
From the outside, the Sentra is not a particularly exciting car to look at it, with conventional styling up and down. 16-inch steel wheels are standard, with 16- and 17-inch alloys optional. The Sentra in many ways resembles the larger Altima, with a similar front grille and headlight clusters. Fog lights and a small rear spoiler are optional.
There is only one engine option for the 2015 Sentra, a 130-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT. The CVT is the transmission of choice for all of the Sentra’s trim levels minus the base trim, and its tuning was adjusted last year for smoother performance. Fuel economy estimates check in at 30/39 mpg city/highway, while adding the optional FE+ (fuel economy plus) package bumps the highway number up to 40.
For a compact car, the Sentra offers pretty good cargo space with 15.1 cubic feet of room in the trunk for things. In addition to the aforementioned new standard features for 2015, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, air conditioning, power windows/locks, and an auxiliary audio input are found on every model as well. The cabin can be further spruced up with leather upholstery, heated front seats, and maple wood-tone interior trim pieces.
The 2015 Sentra comes with six airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system standard. Also available is a rearview camera for safer reversing.