Review: 2018 Nissan Sentra

The 2018 Nissan Sentra isn't the most head-turning car on the road, but for drivers with practical needs and a desire for many options, it more than fits the bill.

If you're in the greater Richmond area and want to learn more about Nissan's compact sedan, you can see our review below. We'll give you the information you need to find the trim that's best for you, so when you visit us in Staunton for a test drive you're already ahead of the game:

High-Tech Features

The 2018 Sentra has six trims, including S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, SL, and Nismo. While upper trims come fully equipped with near-luxury components, even the base trim includes next-generation features to make your life easier. The Sentra S comes standard with Intelligent Auto Headlights, a RearView Monitor, Siri Eyes Free, hands-free text assistant, and Bluetooth hands-free phone system and streaming audio. Additionally, even the lowest trim comes available with Automatic Emergency Braking.

The Sentra SV adds the option for the Nissan Navigation System with a 5.8-inch touchscreen, NissanConnect Mobile Apps and Services, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, Nissan Intelligent Key, and Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link. It's also available with power-folding heated exterior mirrors and an enlarged audio display. Upper trims come available or standard with a Bose audio system, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Comfort and Convenience

The Sentra's cabin is comfortable and designed to keep drivers happy. The base model comes standard with a 6-way driver's seat, 4-way passenger's seat, cloth seat trim, and the option for a 370Z-inspired steering wheel. The SV adds premium cloth seating, available heated seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The Sentra SR and SR Turbo feature premium sport cloth seating or leather-appointed seats, standard heated front seats, and an available power driver's seat. The SL trim gives you standard power driver's seat, leather-appointed seating, heated front seats, and a leather 370Z-inspired wheel. When you opt for the Nismo, you'll enjoy Nismo sport front seats and a special Alcantara and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

For your convenience, the Sentra is available with dual-zone temperature control, Intelligent Cruise Control, Advanced Drive-Assist Display, and a power sliding glass moonroof.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 Sentra comes standard with a 1.8-liter inline-4 engine with a 6-speed manual transmission or the option for an Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission. With a manual transmission, the powertrain makes 130 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque, or 124 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque with the CVT.

You can also opt for a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine with a CVT or 6-speed manual that makes 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.

The base engine with a manual transmission gets up to 27 MPG city and 35 MPG highway, while the CVT gets up to 29 MPG city and 37 MPG highway. The turbo engine with a manual transmission gets 26 MPG city and 32 MPG highway; with a CVT it gets 27 MPG city and 33 MPG highway.


Starting at $16,990 MSRP