2015 Nissan Sentra Reviewed: Value and mpg with a CVT Asterisk

2015 Nissan Sentra SV

Overview: Now in its seventh generation, the Sentra is Nissan’s compact car, one competing in a populous and increasingly competent field. Redesigned for the 2013 model year, it’s offered in a single body style—a four-door sedan—with one engine: a 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder. There are two choices for routing power to the front wheels, a six-speed manual (only on the base model) and a continuously variable automatic—Xtronic, in Nissan’s nomenclature. There are four trim levels: S ($17,305, or $18,155 with the Xtronic transmission), SV ($19,125), SR ($20,735), and SL ($21,495). There also are numerous option packages for the SV, SR, and SL models to enhance infotainment, interior appointments, and exterior appearance. Although it’s denied the factory option packages, the S model can be had with a variety of port-installed accessories, such as interior accent lighting, a trunklid spoiler, and automatic headlamps. There’s no hybrid in the Sentra lineup but fuel economy is a strong suit, topped by the FE+ model, with EPA ratings of 30 mpg city, 40 highway. FE+ is similar to an Xtronic-equipped S but an extra $400 adds underbody aero enhancements, low-rolling-resistance tires, and a sub-planetary transmission gear give the package a 1-mpg edge over other Xtronic Sentras in both the city and highway cycles. READ MORE ››

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