2018 Nissan Sentra

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Key Specs

of the 2018 Nissan Sentra. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    27-32 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    130-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Good value
  • Road noise isolation
  • Rear passenger room
  • Center controls easily reachable
  • Aggressive front styling

The Bad

  • 1.8-liter engine a little sluggish
  • Engine noise under heavy acceleration
  • CVT's artificial shift points
  • No Android Auto or Apple CarPlay
  • Numb steering feel

Notable Features of the 2018 Nissan Sentra

  • Backup camera now standard
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking available
  • Blind spot warning available
  • Turbo engine available
  • SR Turbo and NISMO performance models

2018 Nissan Sentra Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Nissan Sentra is a compact sedan that comes in six trim levels that range from economy models to turbocharged performance versions. The lineup includes S, SV, SR and SL models with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The S is available with a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional continuously variable automatic. SR Turbo and NISMO models use a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that makes 188 horsepower. Competitors include the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla.

New for 2018

Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is now on all models with the continuously variable automatic transmission except the NISMO version. Bluetooth audio streaming and a backup camera are now standard. The SR and SL trims gain adaptive cruise control, and the SL also gets a Bose premium stereo and a moonroof.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

I like it so far

by Coprichs from Auror, CO on October 15, 2018

This car meets all my needs. And I purchased it at a reasonable price and financing. Evan at Tynans is very good at what he does. Read full review

(5.0)

I couldnt believe it was mine !

by Sequila V from evanston Il on October 11, 2018

This car is the one for me. Nice with plenty of leg room, spacious yet compact. i really like the seats and the designs. its wonderful Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Nissan Sentra currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Nissan Sentra S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
poor

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Nissan
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain warranty

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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