The Nissan Sentra continues to be one of the brand's top sellers and most recognized nameplates -- a mainstay in the compact sedan segment for more than 35 years and seven generations. For the 2018 model year, Sentra receives a number of enhancements designed to up its already strong desirability equation -- including the continuation of the high value SR Midnight Edition Package introduced in mid-2017.
Key 2018 Sentra changes include:
- Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)1 now standard on all grade levels (except manual transmission-equipped and Sentra NISMO models)
- RearView Monitor and 5.0-inch color display with Streaming Audio via Bluetooth and Siri Eyes-Free added as standard on S grade (now available on all models)
- Standard 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels added to SV grade
- Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control now standard on SV grade and above
- Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) now standard on SR 1.8L and SL grades
- Revised option package naming and content
- Previous SL Premium Tech Package content now standard on SL grade, including moonroof, Bose Premium Audio System and NissanConnect Services Powered by Sirius XM (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately)
- Previous NISMO Tech Package content now standard on Sentra NISMO grade
Following the addition of the new Sentra NISMO and Sentra SR Turbo models for 2017, Sentra is again offered in a full range of trim and performance levels -- including two powertrains and a choice of manual or Xtronic transmissions. The 2018 lineup includes Sentra S (6MT and Xtronic), Sentra SV (Xtronic), Sentra SR (Xtronic), Sentra SL (Xtronic), SR Turbo (6MT and Xtronic) and Sentra NISMO (6MT and Xtronic). For full information and specifications on SR Turbo and NISMO grades, please visit NissanNews.com.
A Nissan 'Family' Exterior
The 2018 Sentra exterior combines a sense of sportiness with its refined style and proportions. Key features of the Sentra exterior include a bold front fascia, grille, fenders, hood and signature boomerang-shaped headlights. LED low-beam headlights with LED signature accents are offered on Sentra SR and Sentra SL grades. In the rear, the boomerang-shaped taillights add a more premium appearance.
The Sentra exterior design is elegant, modern and refined, reflecting a 'professional' character targeted at upwardly bound buyers who aspire to drive something more upscale than other designs in the segment. Exterior features include chrome door handles and chrome window accents, and available heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals.
The Sentra SR offers a sportier appearance, with unique design 17-inch 10-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, lower body side sill extensions, rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light, fog lights and chrome exhaust tip finisher.
The available SR Midnight Edition exterior treatment, including black heated outside mirrors, black rear spoiler, black license plate finisher, black V-motion grille, black fog lamp surrounds, black exterior name/grade badges and black Midnight Edition badge.
Eight colors are available -- Brilliant Silver, Super Black, Aspen White (premium charge), Gun Metallic, Red Alert, Scarlet Ember (premium color), Fresh Powder and Deep Blue Pearl.
A Roomy, Refined Interior Environment
Inside, the 2018 Sentra features one of the largest interiors in its class, with 111.0 cubic feet of total interior volume. Helping make this possible is the long wheelbase (106.3 inches), which helps provide both ample rear seat legroom of 37.4 inches and large trunk capacity of 15.1 cubic feet. The rear seat is a standard 60/40-split fold-down design, adding versatility to the large trunk space.
The intuitive interior layout emphasizes driver control and exceptional seat comfort for all occupants. The high-quality interior design features materials not usually found in compact vehicles, including soft-touch instrument panel and door armrests and available leather-appointed seating.
Standard features include a 6-way manual driver's seat, 4-way manual front passenger's seat, front and rear door pockets, front center console with padded armrest and cupholders, rear seat armrest with cupholders, air conditioning with in-cabin microfilter and available Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) system.
Other features include tilt and telescopic steering column, power windows with driver's one-touch auto up/down with auto reverse, power door locks with auto-locking feature, remote keyless entry, Nissan Intelligent Key keyless entry with push button ignition and standard RearView Monitor.
The standard Sentra audio system is an AM/FM/CD system with four speakers and USB connection for iPod and other compatible devices. Other available audio systems include a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD system with 5.0-inch color display and an 8-speaker Bose Premium audio system with 5.8-inch color touch-screen display. Also available is SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), while Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System is standard on all grades.
All grades (except S 6MT) include a 5.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display (ADAD) located between the tachometer and speedometer. These grades also include Siri Eyes Free Voice Recognition as standard equipment.
Advanced Connectivity and Safety Shield Technologies
The 2018 Sentra offers advanced technology features that help owners stay connected. Standard on Sentra SL and available on SV and SR grades is NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps, featuring a 5.8-inch color touch-screen, NissanConnect Mobile Apps, SiriusXM Traffic, SiriusXM Travel Link with fuel prices, weather, movie listing, sports scores and stock prices (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), and Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation.
Also available is NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM. It offers emergency preparedness, remote access, customizable alerts and convenience services (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately). The system allows the driver to set customized alerts for family and friends -- such as speed, curfew and boundary notifications. It is available on Sentra SR 1.8-liter as part of the Premium Package and now standard on Sentra SL.
A number of Nissan's advanced Safety Shield Technologies are available for the 2018 model year -- Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)1 (standard on Xtronic transmission-equipped models except Sentra NISMO) and available Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
In addition, Sentra's list of standard safety and security features include the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors; front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags; roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection; 3-point front and rear seatbelts, front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper anchors; and LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren).
Sentra also offers child safety rear door locks; Zone Body construction featuring front and rear crumple zones and occupant zone; Nissan Immobilizer system and anti-theft alarm system; and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with position monitoring and available Easy Fill Tire Alert system.
Fuel-Efficient 1.8-liter Engine and Advanced Xtronic Transmission
All 2018 Sentra models (except SR Turbo and Sentra NISMO) utilize a fuel-efficient 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to an advanced Xtronic transmission with sub-planetary gear. A 6-speed manual transmission is also available with the Sentra S grade.
The engine offers a longer stroke than typical engines in its class, resulting in improved combustion speed and efficiency. It is equipped with a twin Continuously Variable Timing Control (CVTC) system that modulates both the intake and exhaust valve opening time (similar to that used on the flagship Nissan Maxima). In addition, the valve springs are shaped similar to a beehive, with a smaller diameter towards the top -- reducing inertial weight, improving valvetrain efficiency and smoothing engine operation. The engine is rated at 124 horsepower (130 horsepower S 6MT) and 125 lb-ft of torque (128 lb-ft S 6MT).
The Xtronic transmission offers a wide gear ratio range of 7.3:1 through use of a sub-planetary gear and smaller pulleys, resulting in high-speed fuel efficiency and responsive acceleration. The Xtronic's acceleration feel is enhanced with a D-mode step shift program that simulates shifts, giving a more natural acceleration feeling without holding a high rpm constant, letting rpms build as speed builds. The D-Step Logic Control helps provide enhanced drivability with a stable, natural and crisp shift feel.
Fuel economy2 is rated at 29 mpg city, 37 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined with the Xtronic transmission. The Sentra S with 6-speed manual transmission is rated at 27 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined3.
The 2018 Sentra also delivers responsive handling through an independent strut front suspension with stabilizer bar and torsion beam rear suspension with integrated stabilizer bar. The suspension also utilizes high frequency-response shock absorbers.
Sentra also features standard Active Understeer Control system (not available on S 6MT), similar to that utilized on Altima. The AUC system utilizes intelligent control logic and high-response brake actuators to lightly brake the inside front wheels during cornering (as required) to increase yaw-moment. Using the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)/Traction Control System (TCS) as its base, Active Understeer Control is almost undetectable when it operates.
Vehicle speed-sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS) and power-assisted vented front disc/rear drum braking system are standard, with 4-wheel disc brakes available on SR and SL grades.
Available wheels and tire combinations include 16-inch steel wheels with full covers for S or 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels for SV grade -- with 205/55R16 size all-season tires. Sentra SR and SL grades feature 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 205/50R17 all-season tires. Black 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are available with the SR Midnight Edition.
A Range of Well-Equipped Models
The 2018 Nissan Sentra is offered in five models: S 6MT, S Xtronic, SV, SR and SL. Along with the high-value list of standard equipment on Sentra S, the popular SV grade content features standard Nissan Intelligent Key with illuminated Push Button Ignition, two rear illuminated USB ports, Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, sliding front armrest, premium cloth seating and door trim, rear seat center console, Piano Black interior trim, 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy-Fill Tire Alert and more.
The sporty Sentra SR adds Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), LED low beam projector headlights with LED accents, lower body side sill extensions, rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light, fog lights, chrome exhaust finisher, unique design 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 205/50R17 all-season tires, rear disc brakes, sport interior trim, premium sport cloth seats, driver's seatback pocket, heated front seats, heated outside mirrors with LED turn signals and SR badge.
The top-of-the-line Sentra SL adds standard moonroof, leather-appointed seats, 6-way power driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar support, heated front seats, driver's seatback pocket, Piano Black door/console trim and auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink Universal Transceiver. Additional Sentra SL equipment includes NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps, NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), heated outside mirrors with LED turn signals, LED low beam projector headlights with LED accents, fog lights, disc brakes, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 205/50R17 all-season tires and SL badge.
A number of option packages are available, including the SR Midnight Edition, S Midnight Style Package (16-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels, black outside mirrors, black rear spoiler), Premium Package, Technology Package and All Weather Package.
The 2018 Sentra is assembled in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
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1. AEB cannot prevent accidents due to carelessness or dangerous driving techniques. It may not provide warning or braking in certain conditions. Speed limitations apply.
2. 2018 EPA Fuel Economy 29 mpg city, 37 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined for Xtronic equipped models. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions -- use for comparison only.
3. 2018 EPA Fuel Economy 27 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined for 6-speed manual transmission equipped models. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions -- use for comparison only.