Trying to find a good vehicle at a reasonable price sometimes feels like a losing battle these days. Thankfully, Nissan produces some amazing vehicles at prices that won't break the bank. But don’t let the affordable prices fool you; these cars are packed full of the features and luxury you're looking for in a modern vehicle. The 2023 Nissan Sentra is a great example of this dedication to quality and innovation. While the baseline S trim provides abundant high-quality features, the high-end SR trim with the Premium Package trim improves the luxury with specialized fabric seats, a Bose sound system, and an array of other enhancements. All this with a shockingly low MSRP. When you’re looking for great value, the Nissan Sentra is an amazing option.
The Nissan Sentra uses its standard 2.0-liter engine to provide more than adequate power, while the continuously variable transmission (CVT) helps with great fuel efficiency. Speaking of which, this impressive sedan gets 39 MPG on the highway. The fine-tuned engineering has given this car impressive performance, as well as an inviting, comfortable interior that feels far more luxurious than the price tag would suggest. All the innovative tech also makes it feel like a much more high-end sedan. From the touchscreen to the comprehensive safety features, the Sentra is truly one of the best value cars on the road today.
The 2023 Nissan Sentra is a sporty compact sedan with a responsive powertrain. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine outputs 149 horsepower with 146 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is an Xtronic continuously variable transmission. These transmissions provide a consistent and efficient dispersal of power from the engine to the wheels. It functions in a different way from either manual or automatic transmissions of the past.
Using a special design, the CVT transmission allows an infinite variety of gear ratios. Traditional transmissions were limited to anywhere from 4 to 10 speeds, but a CVT has no such limits. This improvement allows for a greater fuel economy and the ability to keep the engine providing max torque to the wheels when needed. The fuel efficiency of the Sentra is impressive, getting up to 29 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on the highway. This means fewer stops at the pump and more money in your wallet.
There are many amazing tech features available in the Nissan Sentra, including a 7-inch multimedia touchscreen, with the ability to upgrade to an 8-inch version. This screen allows easy access to music, apps, and phone calls. It can be easily accessed via your smartphone via Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto. The Sentra also keeps all of your vehicle information close at hand with the Drive-Assist Display, available in either a 4.2 or 7-inch size, depending on the trim. This display is located on the dashboard and is easily visible while driving down the road, presenting critical information like speed, navigation, and incoming calls, so you always have easy access to the crucial data you need while on the road.
Safety is always a high priority for car manufacturers, and Nissan is no exception to this rule. They view safety as an integral part of their designs, and the Nissan Sentra includes a host of incredible safety features courtesy of the standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite, among other available tools.
The suite's safety features monitor traffic around your vehicle, helping you avoid collisions and protect the people around you. Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection uses sensors and cameras to monitor traffic in front of you to detect when a vehicle or pedestrian poses a potential collision threat and will stop the vehicle to prevent the collision or lessen the impact if unavoidable. The Rear Automatic Braking is a similar system positioned at the rear of the vehicle to monitor what is in the back of you. While both systems provide an added layer of coverage on the road, they are not a substitute for paying attention while driving.
The other main safety features provide alerts when another vehicle poses a potential threat. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert alerts the driver when another vehicle is approaching the rear of the vehicle. The Blind Spot Warning system alerts the driver if another vehicle is in a blind spot zone when the driver wants to change lanes. While not a substitute for alert driving, these tools can help a driver be more aware of his surroundings.
High Beam Assist automatically dims the high beams at night to ensure other oncoming vehicles are not blinded while driving. It also helps the driver see better because they can have the high beams on at all times without the risk of blinding other vehicles. Overall, Nissan Safety Shield 360 does a great job of protecting the driver, occupants, and other vehicles and pedestrians.
The 2023 Nissan Sentra has three main trims: the S, SV, and SR. The S is the most affordable model, while the SV is a good balance of affordability and features, and the SR is the top-of-the-line version of the Sentra. All three versions come with the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and Xtronic CVT transmission. The sleek body design remains the same across all trims, though the higher trims have more available colors and different wheels as well.
The Sentra S has the Safety Shield 360 standard safety features, including Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning, and High Beam Assist. These features do a great job of keeping all the occupants safe at all times while also making sure other vehicles and pedestrians also remain safe. The exterior looks great with the 16-inch steel wheels, active grille shutters, and Chrome V-Motion grille. It comes with a 4.2-inch Drive-Assist Display and a 7-inch color touch screen, capable of easily connecting to your smartphone. A USB port can also keep your phone charged at all times.
The Sentra SV provides some improvements over the S. Though it uses the same powertrain, it brings some of its own flair, which includes 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, making the exterior look even better. The interior features the 7-inch Drive-Assist Display and the 8-inch multimedia touchscreen, taking the interior to the next level. With several more USB ports, everyone can keep their devices charged.
The SV also has two available upgrade packages for added customization: the All-Weather and Premium Packages. The All-Weather Package includes a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, heated front seats, a Remote Engine Start System, and Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control. The Premium Package includes everything in the All-Weather package but also gives you bigger 17-inch wheels, a moonroof, power adjustable driver's seat, quilted leather-appointed seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and a rear center armrest. The SV can truly be tuned to a high level of luxury.
The SR trim includes 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, LED headlights and turn signal indicators, a sportier design, Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control, Remote Engine Start, sport cloth seat trim with orange stitching, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The SR also has available upgrade packages; the Midnight Edition and the Premium package.
The Midnight Edition provides a darkened color palette to the car's exterior, with black wheels, a black grille, a black rear spoiler, black badging, and a black rear diffuser. The SR Premium package includes Intelligent Around View, a power moonroof, a power adjustable driver’s seat, Prima-Tex seats with orange stitching, a heated steering wheel and front seats, and a Bose Premium Audio System.