- New SR Turbo trim level
- Available 188-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
- Two transmissions available: a 6-speed manual or CVT
The 2017 Nissan Sentra is a compact sedan that seats 5 passengers. It competes with the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Hyundai Elantra. This year, the Sentra gains a new SR Turbo trim level with a new engine. The SR Turbo also comes with sport-tuned suspension and steering, larger front disc brakes, and sportier exterior and interior styling.
Five trims are available: the S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, and SL.
Last year, the Sentra was given a mid-cycle facelift that included a new front fascia, restyled jagged headlights, and the Nissan’s signature V-motion grille. Standard features include body-color power side mirrors, chrome door handles, and 16-inch alloy wheels. LED headlights, front fog lights, heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, a rear spoiler, a power moonroof, and larger 17-inch alloy wheels are also available.
Under the hood, the Sentra is powered by a standard 130-hp, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The manual is only offered on the base S or SR Turbo trims; all other trims come with the CVT standard. Fuel economy for the S with the manual is an EPA-estimated 27/36 mpg city/highway. CVT models have an improved rating of 29/38 mpg. The SR Turbo has a 26/32 mpg rating with the manual and a 27/32 mpg rating with the CVT.
Inside, the Sentra has sporty cloth interior with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The center stack features the standard audio system that includes CD/MP3 playback, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, and a USB Port. It can be upgraded to the Nissan Connect multimedia system that includes a 5-inch display, an integrated navigation system, a mobile app suite, Siri Eyes Free mode with voice recognition, and a Bose premium audio system. Standard features include air conditioning, power windows/locks, cruise control, remote keyless entry, and push-button start. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 370Z-inspired steering wheel, and dual-zone automatic climate control are available as well.
The Sentra earned a 4- out of 5-star overall crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Standard safety features include a backup camera and a tire pressure monitoring system. Available features include a blindspot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning with emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.