• (4.5) 33 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,347–$7,743
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 25-31
  • Engine: 126-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2006 Nissan Sentra

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Nissan Sentra

What We Don't Like

  • Backseat space
  • IIHS side-impact crash-test overall rating

Notable Features

  • Choice of four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD
  • High-performance SE-R and SE-R Spec V models

2006 Nissan Sentra Reviews

Vehicle Overview
A redesigned version of Nissan's compact Sentra is expected to debut soon. Meanwhile, minor changes for 2006 include the addition of an in-dash six-CD changer to the Audio Fanatic Package and two new exterior colors: Sapphire Blue and Sunburst. The front-wheel-drive Sentra comes in 1.8, 1.8 S, and performance-focused SE-R and SE-R Spec V trim levels.

The Sentra illustrates the increasingly global nature of the auto industry: Its original styling took place in California, the interior was designed in Germany, engineering was completed in Japan and the U.S., and the car is built in Mexico. (Skip to details on the: SE-R and SE-R Spec V)

Styling elements were adapted from the automaker's larger Maxima. A low hood and high rear deck help give the Sentra a more upscale image. Sentras have body-colored side moldings and bumpers. Chiseled character lines run from the front to the rear, and flush-mounted one-piece headlights are installed.

Sentras ride a 99.8-inch wheelbase, measure 177.5 inches long overall and 67.3 inches wide, and stand 55.5 inches tall. Standard wheels are 15 inches in diameter, but 16-inch tires on aluminum wheels are optional for the 1.8 S. A power sunroof also is available for the Sentra 1.8 S.

Front occupants get bucket seats, and the driver's seat features either four- or eight-way adjustment. A rear bench promises room for three occupants, but adults may feel cramped. The rear seatback is available with a split, folding feature, which increases total cargo space.

The 1.8 S sedan has remote keyless entry, power windows and locks, and a trip computer. Large cupholders are located in the front-door map pockets. The trunks in all models hold 11.6 cubic feet of cargo.

Under the Hood
A 1.8-liter four-cylinder in 1.8 and 1.8 S models develops 126 horsepower and teams with either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission.

Side-impact airbags and antilock brakes are optional in all models but the 1.8.

Driving Impressions
Any regular Sentra serves as capable and comfortable transportation. Each model blends a pleasant ride with easy maneuverability — all for a moderate price.

SE-R and SE-R Spec V
Nissan continues to position the Sentra SE-R against the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen GTI. SE-R design cues include a mesh grille, fog lamps, body-colored side sill extensions and a rear spoiler. The SE-R features performance-tuned shock absorbers and 16-inch tires, while the SE-R Spec V sedan gets 17-inch tires. A Brembo brake package is optional for the SE-R Spec V, which benefits from a track-oriented suspension and features an interior with black and silver accents.

The SE-R contains a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 165 hp at 6,000 rpm; it teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The SE-R Spec V holds a 175-hp version of that engine and works solely with a close-ratio six-speed-manual gearbox. A 300-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo is optional.

In addition to its energetic engine, the Sentra SE-R is appealing for its handling talents. Whipping an SE-R through tight turns is sheer joy, and the tautly suspended sedan clings tenaciously to the pavement. Back to top

Consumer Reviews


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Most Reliable Car I've Owned.

by Jefe from Chicago, IL on August 30, 2017

Other than normal wear and tear, this car has given me no issues. I've maintained it well, the next owner will likely enjoy it as much as I have.

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2006 Nissan Sentra Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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