Nissan Sentra is not good not bad car but is quiet beneath the acceptance ratio, considering lot more improvement taking place into compact car segment.
Some plus points for Sentra remains bigger back seat and spacious trunk, for more money it is to offer optional features. Nissan sold near around 220,000 cars in year 2015 due to lot many featres keeping price low, though Sentra always generates low and old feeling.
Clunky shift levels, hard plastic door panels, chintzy controls for heated seats is able to keep price lower. SL being in luxury is unable to produce luxury feeling and remained poor where touchscreen and climate controls are in flat and kept together, while use of single stitch in seats, use of slicing leather can be factors in making it more poorer. Company needs to revamp controls cluster and seats to many level up to convince customer. Sentra fails to provide better grip to road , is unable to provide quiet and smooth ride.
Noise cancellation in terms of road, tire and wind noise is not done at par. At higher speeds chasis response remains unpredictable.
Steering do works to make front wheel turn but is unable to provide confident to driver. Brake pedal do not provide any indication on amount of brake you need to put in to stop the car. Stopping car from 70 mph requires 191 ft, which is much longer than any other cars available in this segment.
Sentra uses port fuel injection with 1.8 liter engine while many of their competitors uses efficient direct fuel injection. This port fuel injection is able to generate 130 horsepower which is very poor. Engine gets pegged above 5000 rpm. Takes 9.5 seconds to reach 60 mph, slower than Sentra SL.
2016 Nissan Sentra continues to disappoint in terms of performance, style, execution and cannot stand in competition with this version. Nissan may take atleast three years to produce a better version.