To fully understand what a giant leap forward the eighth-generation Nissan Sentra is, you need to look at the seventh-generation. It was rather nondescript. You only bought it for one reason: the Nissan dealership was the closest car shop to your home, and you couldn't be bothered to go any further. You drove it into the ground and then got another one.
The latest model is something completely different. It has an angular, elegant front fascia, a swoopy side profile, and a rear end that's basic but somehow also manages to be attractive. It's not the kind of car you buy because you live within walking distance of Nissan. It's a handsome car that you'd drive across town for.
We like the V-motion grille, daytime running lights, floating roof, and the available thin reflector LED headlights on the SR. This is the only model to get LED daytime running lights and LED fog lights. The S makes do with 16-inch steel wheels with covers but the SV gets 16-inch alloys and the top-spec SR comes with 18-inch alloys. Lower body side sill extensions and a rear spoiler are further SR additions, but both it and the SV can be had with a power sliding glass moonroof. Finally, the new SR Midnight Edition has black 18-inch wheels and a blacked-out exterior with a dark grille, spoiler, and rear diffuser.
The Sentra is classified as a compact sedan but its dimensions are those of a rather large car. It has a total length of 182.7 inches and a 106.6-inch wheelbase. It has a width of 71.5 inches and is 56.9 inches tall (57 inches for the SR). Nissan should be applauded for keeping the weight as low as possible. The base model weighs in at 3,036 pounds, while the top-spec SR weighs 3,084 lbs.
|Nissan Sentra Trims||S||SV||SR||SR Midnight Edition|
|Max Width||71.5 in.||71.5 in.||71.5 in.||71.5 in.|
|Length||182.7 in.||182.7 in.||182.7 in.||182.7 in.|
|Height||56.9 in.||56.9 in.||57 in.||57 in.|
|Wheelbase||106.8 in.||106.8 in.||106.8 in.||106.8 in.|
|Nissan Sentra Trims||Curb Weight|
|SR Midnight Edition||3,084 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||18" x 7.5"|
|Rear Wheel Size||18" x 7.5"|
Nissan has a lovely color palette for the Sentra, but the exciting colors are only unlocked higher up the range. The base S model has four no-cost options available, including Super Black, Gun Metallic, Brilliant Silver Metallic, and Fresh Powder. The SV adds several more color options, including Rosewood Metallic, Electric Blue Metallic, Aspen White TriCoat, and Scarlet Ember Tintcoat. The first two are no-cost options, but the last two cost an additional $395. The SR has the best color options. In addition to most of the colors mentioned above, it has a few two-tone options. The Electric Blue Metallic/Super Black and Gun Metallic/Super Black options cost $250, while the Monarch Orange/Super Black and Aspen White TriCoat/Super Black options cost $645. With the SR's optional Midnight Edition Package, the color palette is limited to Super Black, Gun Metallic/Super Black, and Aspen White TriCoat/Super Black.