The Sentra has been a fixture of the Nissan stable since 1982, part of the early wave of fuel-efficient Japanese imports and first introduced as a replacement for a model from Nissan's old Datsun brand. Now in its seventh generation, the compact Sentra, categorized as a midsize sedan, jockeys with the larger Altima for top-selling Nissan passenger car and has been holding its own in the shrinking sedan segment. Nissan offers the Sentra in S, SV, SR and SL trim levels, plus the SR Turbo and NISMO performance models, and a choice of eight colors. All models come with its Xtronic continuously variable transmission, while the S, SR Turbo and NISMO are available in a manual for fans of stick shift. Updates for 2018 are minor but include automatic emergency braking, rear-view monitor and 5-inch color display with streaming audio via Bluetooth and Siri Eyes-Free. With this buyer's guide, Autoblog aims to help you make an educated decision about whether or not to buy the 2018 Nissan Sentra. We'll touch on safety and reliability ratings, engine specs, horsepower, fuel economy ratings and pricing. And we'll conclude with a summary of Autoblog's most recent test-drive of the Sentra. Nissan Sentra safety ratings In crash testing, the 2018 Nissan Sentra gets an overall rating of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It further gets four-star ratings for front- and rollover-crash protection, while NHTSA gives it five stars for side crash protection. The Sentra earns "good" ratings nearly across the board from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which conducts its own series of crash tests and evaluates measures like driver- and passenger-side small overlap front crashes, which replicate what happens when a vehicle clips an object on either of its front corners. It gets a "poor" rating for its headlights, however, which is one of IIHS' newer areas of focus and one where many models have suffered in its ratings. Ratings may differ for Sentras from other model years. Be sure to visit the NHTSA and IIHS websites to review ratings on the specific vehicle you're researching. Is the Nissan Sentra reliable? J.D. Power's most recent ratings are for the 2017 Sentra. It gave the car three out of five stars — "about average" — for both overall quality and overall performance and design. It awarded the sedan four stars — "better than most" — for predicted reliability. A quick note that Autoblog has raised some concerns with how J.D. Power weighs serious and less-serious reliability issues. You can read about that here. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there have been no recalls of the 2018 Nissan Sentra. How much interior and cargo room does the Nissan Sentra have? The 2018 Sentra offers 39.4 inches of headroom in the front and 36.7 inches in the rear. Leg room is 42.5 inches and 37.4 inches, respectively. Cargo volume in the trunk is 15.1 cubic feet. Nissan Sentra engine specs and horsepower All Sentra models, …
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|MPG||26 City / 32 Hwy|
|Transmission||6-spd man w/OD|
|Power||188 @ 5600 rpm|
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