While the exterior dimensions of the Sentra are slightly larger than average, the interior is no bigger than most compact sedans. It is well-built, even if the design is a bit dated now, lacking the style of rivals like the Honda Civic. The controls are ergonomically designed, being well-placed for accessibility. The shifter is plastic, but not cheaply-made, and the steering wheel design is inspired by the Nissan 370Z. The seats are well-positioned to optimize visibility but the cloth upholstery is basic and only moderately comfortable, yet again not managing to impress. Power-adjustable, heated seats are available on higher trims. The lack of sound-deadening is a drawback though given the loudness of the Sentra's engine, making it one of the loudest interiors in the segment.
While the interior of the Sentra is no larger than most compact sedans, its design allows it to comfortably seat four, with a maximum capacity of five depending on passenger size. The driver's seat is placed a bit high to offer better visibility for shorter drivers, but this means people of above-average height might lack headroom. However, the rear seats can easily fit six-foot-tall passengers, if not slightly taller, thanks to the ample head- and legroom. While there may be more than enough space for comfort, the seats aren't the most luxurious. The flat foam can feel a bit too stiff and lacking in support. With the high seat placements and large doors of the Sentra, entering and exiting the vehicle is a breeze.
|Nissan Sentra Trims||S||SV||SR||SR Turbo||SL|
|Headroom Front Seat||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||38.5 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||36.7 in.||36.7 in.||36.7 in.||36.7 in.||36.7 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||42.5 in.||42.5 in.||42.5 in.||42.5 in.||42.5 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||37.4 in.||37.4 in.||37.4 in.||37.4 in.||37.4 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||54.7 in.||54.7 in.||54.7 in.||54.7 in.||54.7 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||53.9 in.||53.9 in.||53.9 in.||53.9 in.||53.9 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||50.9 in.||50.9 in.||50.9 in.||50.9 in.||50.9 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||50.1 in.||50.1 in.||50.1 in.||50.1 in.||50.1 in.|
The Sentra's cabin is quite plain, opting for simple, well-built surfaces over the more modern flourishes of its rivals. Charcoal is the only color scheme available for the Sentra, with the paneling and dashboard being plastic and the seats upholstered in cloth on all but the highest trims. The base S has the most basic cloth with the SV upgrading this slightly in quality and style. The SR and SR Turbo derivatives offer premium cloth, with optional packages offering leather. Leather-appointed seats are standard on the SL. Leather-wrapped steering wheels are available on all but the base model. The SL features a unique piano black interior trim while the SR and SR Turbo boasts exclusive blue stitching on the seats when equipped with leather upholstery.
Although the Sentra is a compact sedan, its trunk size rivals that of a mid-size vehicle. With an impressive 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which can be supplemented by folding down the rear seats in a 60/40 split, fitting more than ten shopping bags is an easy task. This is definitely one of the vehicle's best selling points. However, hatchbacks with full fold-down seats still offer better storage capacity than sedans and can fit larger single items.
While the trunk may be spacious, cubby space is on the limited side. The center console and cupholders are nice but utterly average in size. Sadly, the slot below the infotainment screen is appallingly small. Luckily, the door pockets are quite large and the glove compartment in front of the passenger seat is generous.
|Nissan Sentra Trims||S||SV||SR||SR Turbo||SL|
|Trunk Volume||15.1 cu. ft.||15.1 cu. ft.||15.1 cu. ft.||15.1 cu. ft.||15.1 cu. ft.|
The base Sentra S comes with pretty minimal features for the segment. The manual only offers a rearview camera and vehicle dynamic control with traction control, while the CVT model adds automatic emergency braking. Also standard on the S is air conditioning, cruise control, and six-way manual-adjustable seats. The higher trim levels improve on this offering quite substantially. The SV adds dual-zone automatic climate control and keyless ignition. The SV and SR have optional packages adding adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, heated front seats, and a moonroof. The SL incorporates these features as standard.
The infotainment on the Sentra has improved slightly on the 2019 model, with a seven-inch touchscreen display now standard on every trim. The Sentra S features AM/FM radio with a four-speaker sound system, Bluetooth call and audio streaming, one USB port, and auxiliary audio input. Unfortunately, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which many buyers are starting to expect as standard offerings, are only available from the SV up. The SV also adds SiriusXM radio, an additional USB port in the rear cabin and an upgraded six-speaker sound system. A Bose eight-speaker audio system is available with the Premium Package for the SR and is standard with the SL.