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In the homeland, it was known as the Nissan Sunny until 2006. Since 2013, it’s been manufactured under the Nissan Sylphy name there. The automaker called its version meant for export the Sentra and has been making it since 1982. In the course of its existence, the car becomes bigger and bigger. Initially produced as a subcompact, it evolved into a compact later. Today, we know it as a mid-size auto. Introduced in seven generations already, the Sentra has always been improving. For example, the automaker turned into standard features those which were available only as options in the previously produced models for the 2015 Sentra.
Although the Nissan Sentra is one of the most affordable autos in its segment, it’s worthy of consideration as long as it offers a range of really valuable features for the money (the auto’s priced at $17,305-25,000 depending on the modification). Spaciousness, comfort, safety, state-of-the-art technologies, and modern styling are masterly combined in it.
Interior Design & Comfort
The 2015 Sentra is available only as a four-door sedan. Tasteful design and high-quality materials the cabin is trimmed with make the Sentra the possessor of the most beautiful interior in a compact sedan segment. Although it looks rather conservative and won’t make you hold your breath at the sight of it, you’ll be satisfied with how thoroughly everything’s arranged here. Functions it offers are so accessible and easy to operate that you won’t be distracted from the road, meaning safety is top-level.
The Sentra has an unexpectedly spacious cabin. Even exceptionally tall passengers will be comfortable here as long as much headroom is offered. Passengers at the back will also enjoy plenty of head- and legroom here. As for cargo capacity, it’s quite average as for a mid-size sedan – 15.1 cu ft.
Engine & Mileage
If you acquire the 2015 Sentra, you acquire a 1.8-litre DOHC 4-cylinder engine under the hood that generates 130 horsepower and 128 lb/ft of torque. It’s paired with a CVT (or Xtronic) as standard on all versions except for the base one, on which a 6-speed manual gearbox comes as standard and CVT as optional.
The EPA’s results demonstrate that if you’re at the wheel of the 6-speed manual Nissan Sentra, you’ll cover 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway (30 mpg combined). But if you opt for a CVT model, you’ll run 29 mpg city and 39 mpg highway (33 mpg combined).
Safety & Other Features
The 2015 Nissan Sentra is available in four trim levels: the S ($17,305 for the auto with a manual gearbox and $18,155 – with a CVT), SV (priced at $19,125), SR (valued at $20,735), and SL (sold for $21,495).
Standard features on the Sentra S, running on 16-inch alloy wheels, include automatic headlamps and LED taillights, keyless entry and trunk release. A driver is provided with a tilt/telescoping steering column with cruise and audio controls on it, manually adjustable seat, and Easy Fill Tire Alert system. There are also air conditioning, 4-speaker sound system, CD player, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and iPod and USB ports.
On the list of the S level optional features are fog lamps, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear spoiler, and some others.
The Sentra SV models’ upholstery is even more advanced. There’s leather shifter as well as steering wheel for a driver and a sliding armrest both for a driver and front-seat passenger. Push-button ignition, rear-view camera, satellite radio, 5-inch colour display, 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming, and NissanConnect can also be found in the SV models.
A rear spoiler, low body skirting, fog lamps, and front and rear fasciae create a sporty appearance for the Sentra SR. The model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, LED turn signals, and heated mirrors outside while inside there are heated front seats and premium upholstery.
And, finally, the top-of-the-line Sentra SL offers, in addition to the SR features, dual-zone automatic climate control and leather seats.
All existing Sentra models come with active head restraints and side airbags at the front, side curtain airbags, ABS with stability control, rear drum brakes, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Besides, there is a number of packages you can order with your Sentra. For example, the Sentra SV can come with the Cold Weather or Style packages. The first one makes heated front seats and leather trim available while the second one – 16-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, sunroof, and lit-up vanity mirrors. The Premium package, which is an option for the SR and SL, includes lit-up vanity mirrors, sunroof, and 8-speaker Bose audio system. The Navigation package, which can be installed on any Sentra except for the Sentra S, says it all: it affords a navigation system with a 5.8-inch touchscreen monitor and voice recognition function.
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