But it costs a bit more.
For 2020, Nissan introduced an all-new, much-improved Sentra, pricing it just $1,200 more than the model it replaced (when comparing base MSRPs). Pricing has now been announced for the 2021 Nissan Sentra, and unlike last year, there are fewer notable changes.
Pricing now starts at $19,410 for the base S trim level, marking only a $100 increase over the 2020 model. The cause for the small price increase? Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration now come standard on all trims, instead of only on the SV and SR grades. This upgrade alone should justify the small starting price bump. The car continues to offer the most standard safety features in the compact sedan class as part of the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite.
The SV and SR trims both see a $100 price increase, now $20,470 and $21,750, respectively. While no changes are noted for the mid-level SV trim, the SR adds optional NissanConnect Services and NissanConnect with a Wi-Fi hotspot. Nissan will also offer a new two-tone paint combination of Electric Blue Metallic with a black roof on the SR trim level. Last year's Sentra was only available with the black roof paired with Monarch Orange, Aspen White TriCoat, or Gun Metallic.
As with last year, all Sentra trims include Safety Shield 360. This safety suite bundles automatic emergency braking, rear automatic braking, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic, lane departure warning, and high beam assist.
All Sentra models are still powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine sending 149 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission. We were hoping Nissan might add a turbocharged engine option for the 2021 model year, but it looks like we will have to keep waiting. The 2021 Sentra is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide.