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2018 Nissan Sentra

2018 Nissan Sentra

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$9,140 — $16,780 USED
5 Seats
27-32 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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Is this the car for you?

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
2018 Nissan Sentra exterior side view

What to Know

about 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

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2018 Nissan Sentra Review

from the expert editorial team

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.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

148 reviews — Read All reviews
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It is my second Nissan Sentra!

by CharlotteR Caterer from Stafford TX on July 26, 2020

I love this vehicle and the buy back deals on it. I have punched both Sentras from JP Thibadeux New Iberia, LA. Love the atmosphere and the integrity of the salesmen. Read full review


We love our Nissan Sentra SV!

by RoseannF from Meriden, CT on July 8, 2020

We love our Nissan Sentra SV! It’s fuel efficient, drives well, & looks great! We bought it used and it was very affordable. My 19 year old daughter drives it & loves it. Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2018 Nissan Sentra currently has 1 recall

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

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry


Overall Rating

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

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


New car and certified pre-owned programs 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


  • Powertrain

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

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


  • View All CPO Program Details

Latest 2018 Sentra Stories

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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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