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2006 Nissan Sentra

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$1,309 — $7,069 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
25-31 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Fuel economy
  • Maneuverability
  • SE-R handling
  • SE-R performance

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2006 Nissan Sentra
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD
  • High-performance SE-R and SE-R Spec V models

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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)


Exterior
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.


Interior
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, f...
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)


Exterior
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.


Interior
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.

Safety
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

What drivers are saying

4.6
42 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

Most reliable car I ever own

by Brucewayne13 from Holton on September 28, 2018

This car has been so good to me and my family. It currently have 28922000 miles, and it still running strong. I love my 2006 nissan sentra. The best money that I ever invested in a vehicle. Read full review

(5.0)

The best car I own

by Street12 from Waukesha on July 5, 2018

This is a wonderful car lots of room and space a good reliable car and gas saver and very reliable for driving iwould recommend this car for my family and friends Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Nissan Sentra currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 Nissan Sentra has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sentra received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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