As Nissan's refreshed 2016 Sentra is ready to park itself in driveways across the United States, the Japanese manufacturer is also closing out its best sales year ever.
The 2016 Sentra has underwent a significant exterior and interior redesign, which brings it much closer to the new 2016 Maxima and Altima from a visual perspective. All three of these Nissan sedans currently reflect the company's new design language, which was first introduced on the latest generation Murano crossover.
Inside, the 2016 Sentra comes with a new steering wheel, and pretty much a brand new dashboard, which includes the center cluster, audio display design, console and even the shifter knob. There are also refined seat fabrics and auto on/off headlights for all grades.
But since we went through this stuff before, let's just get into the specs a little because it's worth mentioning how the Sentra now features a new Active Understeer Control (AUC) system, available as standard on every version except the S 6MT and FE+ S. This system is similar to the one utilized on the 2016 Altima and utilizes intelligent control logic and high-response brake actuators to brake the inside front wheels during cornering in order to increase yaw-moment.
Nissan say that because of the Vehicle Dynamic Control system and TCS (Traction Control System), the AUC itself is almost undetectable when it intervenes.
By moving up in the range, like say to the SR and SL grade models, you can enjoy the new Technology Package which comes with Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Forward Emergency Braking (FEB). The SR along with the SV version also come with Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) - part of the Driver's Assist Package, which happens to be standard on the top of the line $22,179 Sentra SL.
Also new for 2016 is the Deep Blue Pearl exterior color, which is one of 10 available colors on the 2016 Nissan Sentra.
"Sentra has experienced tremendous growth in sales and market share in recent years, making it one of Nissan's fastest growing nameplates," according to Nissan's sales & marketing VP Dan Mohnke. "To help keep momentum going, we've given Sentra a new look and feel for 2016, starting with a revised exterior and the addition of an expanded suite of available safety and driving aid technologies."
Even though this car might not actually win a lot of people over with its appearance, its practicality and interior features are more than just acceptable for a 2016 non-premium saloon, especially at these prices.