LA 2015: New 2016 Nissan Sentra Finishes What Maxima Started

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
la 2015 new 2016 nissan sentra finishes what maxima started

(The Sentra still really needs an SE-R model.)

Nissan unleashed its heavily refreshed 2016 Nissan Sentra on Tuesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show completing the overhaul to the automaker’s line of sedans. The compact sedan, which still uses the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine as the last model, sports a few of the Maxima’s designs and even fewer of the new Altima’s curves (we’ll have our first drive for that soon).

The company’s V-shaped grille and boomerang headlights are present, but some of the more unique features will have to wait for the Sentra’s complete overhaul a few years from now.

Nissan announced that the Sentra will start at $16,780 and will go on sale in December. Full pricing would be detailed closer to the car’s launch so … next week?

The same huffy 130-horsepower four cylinder engine is still under the hood, so we’ll have to wait longer for improvements there. Assuming you get the car up to speed, the Sentra has added safety features such as Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring and cross traffic alert.

The Sentra will be offered in base S, SV, SR and SL trims. A six-speed manual is available only on the S trim.

A new steering wheel and 5-inch high-resolution screen in the car’s instrument cluster highlight the changes to the Sentra.

2016 Nissan Sentra

2016 Nissan Sentra

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  • CincyDavid CincyDavid on Nov 19, 2015

    It's an attractive little car, but it's a Nissan. My issue isn't so much with the product as the marketing and perception that people only buy Nissans because they can get a loan with bad credit, sort of an Asian Chrysler. That, and the obnoxious Clay Cooley Nissan TV he can think that a huckster with a heavy TX accent will not turn off midwesterners is a mystery to me.

  • Sector 5 Sector 5 on Nov 21, 2015

    The SL with leather & gizmos will be north of 24K. While still 130 below. Yeppa - pizza with all the topping. I can just see an SER lease ender wanting to trade their 5-year-old 180 for 130 with nice guages & color coded stitches.

  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂