With its spacious backseat and trunk, good braking performance, high fuel economy, competitive pricing, and an admirable infotainment features, the new 2017 Nissan Sentra is a perfectly respectable small sedan in its category. Its release date should be expected sometime in February 2017.
On the road, the Sentra certainly isn’t enthralling, but its powertrain is fuel-efficient and generally unobtrusive. It doesn’t necessarily stand out in the compact sedan segment, but that doesn’t mean it’s a penalty box for the Sentra. We gave it a “B” rating for the 2016 model, and with the improvements the 2017 model is set to come with next year, it is highly unlikely it will hurt our impression of this little sedan.
The revised interior trim and new safety and technology features will give shoppers further food for thought. The exterior styling on the other hand, has been overhauled and is now appreciably more upscale than before.
Although Nissan says the CVT has been retuned for better responsiveness, as has the car’s suspension, we’ve found it hard to replicate the same in a real world looping drive. Alas, the relatively underpowered 130- horsepower four-cylinder engine soldiers on unchanged.
In overall, the various nips and tucks don’t in any way transform the Sentra into a segment leader, but they certainly sweeten the spot, especially given the Sentra’s solid EPA ratings – 30 mpg highway/city combined.
There is no shortage of rivals here and the Sentra will have to battle it out with the best of them. But whichever way you slice it, the 2017 Nissan Sentra is no slouch. Alternatives to consider include the 2017 Mazda 3 and 2017 Ford Focus. Both offer an involving driving experience and are terrific choices in the segment. Others include the 2017 Honda Civic, and the 2017 Hyundai Elantra.
Offered Trims – Nissan Sentra
Five trim levels are offered for the five-passenger 2017 Nissan Sentra sedan: S, FE+ S, SV, SR, and SL. The 2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo review is covered separately.
Exterior Review & 2017 Nissan Sentra Interior Changes
The Sentra S, which is the basic iteration, offers a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a rear folding 60/40-split seatbacks, automatic headlights, 16” steel wheels, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a CD player, a six-speaker sound system, a height-adjustable driver seat, and dual USB ports.
The only dissimilarity between the Sentra S and the Sentra FE+ S version is the latters’ fuel economy priority, and features like underbody aerodynamic deflectors, a rear spoiler, and low-rolling resistance tires.
The Sentra SV steps up with a 5” central display screen, a six-speaker upgraded sound system, satellite radio, smartphone app integration, upgraded cloth upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, Siri Eyes Free voice controls, NissanConnect integration, a 5” driver information screen, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth audio connectivity, and a rearview camera.
The sport-themed Sentra SR model gains heated front seats, sport cloth upholstery, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, rear disc brakes, 17” alloy wheels, and a sport body kit.
The Sentra SL, which is the top-grade version, loses the SR’s sport flourishes but gets a leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat, a rearview camera, rear-cross traffic alert, automatic dual-zone climate control, rear disc brakes, a blind-spot monitor, and a 5.8” touchscreen with navigation.
Packages available, as of this writing, include the Technology and the All Weather packages, but more are expected to be released before its release date. The All Weather package, for instance, offers LED interior lighting, a sunroof, heated front seats, unique 16” alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, an upgraded 5.8” touchscreen, an eight-speaker sound system, illuminated vanity mirrors, and a navigation system.
2017 Nissan Sentra Engine Specs
Under the hood of the 2017 Nissan Sentra is a four-cylinder 1.8L engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission system. The system is then tasked with the responsibility of taking up the power produced – 130 hp and 128 lbs. ft. of torque to the wheels. A CVT is optionally available for the S and FE+ S trim models.
As per EPA stats, the CVT-equipped versions should be able to return 29/38/32 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 27/36/30 mpg for the six-speed manual-equipped Sentra versions.
Price & 2017 Nissan Sentra Release Date
Its release date should be expected in early 2017, at least that’s what Nissan has offered as a clue. As for its price, expect a window sticker reading $16,780 MSRP.