The 2016 Nissan Sentra entered showrooms nationally on New Year's Eve. Priced at $16,780 to start, the Sentra sees some upgrades both inside and out along with a price tag increase of $250 over the 2015 model year's starting MSRP.
Exterior changes are slight, but bring the Sentra more in line with the all-new Maxima and refreshed Altima as part of Nissan's new design language. New front and rear fascias, boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights, and LED accents on the lighting are highlights of the new exterior.
Inside, changes have also been significant with a new steering wheel, a new power driver's seat with power lumbar is an option, and a new center cluster and audio display screen are now standard. Several other changes are also seen in various trim points, including auto on/off headlamps, which are standard equipment in the Sentra. Technology updates include Siri Eyes Free on several trim points and NissanConnect on many upgraded infotainment packages.
Advanced safety options are available on some 2016 Sentra trim levels. These include Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Bline Spot Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert - all new additions for 2016.
Suggested retail pricing begins at $16,780 for the Sentra S with a six-speed manual transmission. With the Xtronic continuously variable transmission, the S trim is $17,630. The Sentra FE+ S model (CVT only) is $18,030 and the Sentra SV (Xtronic only) is $18,550. The Sentra SR model is $20,410 and the top-trim Sentra SL begins at $22,170. Prices do not include destination and handling.
The 2016 Nissan Sentra is EPA rated at 29 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway with the CVT (Xtronic). The efficiency-oriented FE+ S model achieves 40 mpg on the highway.