Sentra NISMO is the latest in a long line of compact Nissan
performance sedans going back nearly 50 years to the Datsun
510 and the original Sentra SE-R. The big change for the 2018
Sentra NISMO is the inclusion of the previous Premium Package
content as standard equipment.
compact Sentra sedan, which got extensive updates two years ago and
the addition of a NISMO motorsports version just last year, returns
for 2018 with a few enhancements.
for the 2018 model year include the Sentra S six-speed manual
($16,990) or Xtronic automatic ($18,275); SV Xtronic ($19,085); SR
1.8 Xtronic ($20,500); SL Xtronic ($23,440); SR 1.6 Turbo manual
($22,200) and Xtronic ($22,490); and NISMO manual or Xtronic
($25,790). Those prices do not include the $885 freight charge.
continuing for 2018 is the SR Midnight Edition Package introduced in
the middle of the 2017 model year.
2018 include making Automatic Emergency Braking standard on all but
the manual-transmission and NISMO models; the RearView Monitor and
five-inch color display with streaming audio and Siri Eyes-Free are
now included on base S models; 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are
standard on the SV; dual-zone automatic climate control is included
on SV models and higher; and radar cruise control is standard on SR
1.8L and SL models.
Also the items
from the previous SL Premium Tech Package are now standard on SL
models, including the moon roof, Bose Premium Audio System and
NissanConnect Services powered by Sirius XM. And the previous NISMO
Premium Package features are now standard on the NISMO models,
included in the base price.
For 2018, the
Sentra SR Midnight Edition Package ($495) includes 17-inch black
aluminum-alloy wheels, black heated outside mirrors, and black rear
spoiler, license plate finisher, V-motion grille, fog light trim,
exterior name/grade badges and Midnight Edition badge.
engine remains the normally aspirated 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder
with 130 horsepower and 128 foot-pounds of torque, with either the
six-speed manual or continuously variable (Xtronic) automatic
NISMO comes with a turbocharged 188-horsepower 1.6-liter
direct-injection four-cylinder engine with 177 foot-pounds of torque
and the choice of either a six-speed manual or sport-tuned Xtronic
transmission at no extra charge. We had the automatic on our tester.
features of the turbo engine are a 10.5:1 compression ratio,
Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System, spray-coated and
mirror-finish cylinder bores, a variable-pressure oil pump, and a
low-pressure EGR system, which helps lower exhaust gas temperature
and improve knock sensitivity.
– short for "Nissan Motorsports" – is the
most-expensive model in the lineup, but you can get the same engine
from the NISMO in the SR Turbo version, also new last year, for
about $3,500 less.
adds significant power to the Sentra, making it a lot more fun to
drive. The turbo boost is very smoothly applied, with no turbo lag
and no sign of torque steer in the standard front-wheel drive.
Passing on two-lane country roads is a breeze in this car.
This was the
first NISMO application for a mass-market Nissan sedan, joining an
elite group that also includes NISMO versions of the GT-R and 370Z
sports cars, as well as the Juke NISMO and Juke NISMO RS subcompact
crossover utility vehicles.
horsepower doesn’t come close to putting the Sentra NISMO in the
same class as the Nissan sports cars, but it does spice up an
otherwise sedate small sedan. That gives the Sentra a boost over key
competitors such as the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra.
NISMO looks good, too, thanks to its aggressive exterior styling. It
has the signature NISMO "layered double wing" design in
the front, side and rear lower body panels. There is a thin red
stripe that runs along the lower body panels.
the Sentra NISMO’s body was designed to hold to the ground 30
percent better than the regular Sentra, thanks to the unique rear
spoiler and rear bumper design.
front end includes standard LED daytime running lights; a dark
chrome V-Motion grille; and NISMO badges.
include unique side sills, a NISMO rear fascia and exhaust finisher,
dark chrome door handles and trunk finisher, and black NISMO outside
mirror caps with integrated turn signals and the signature NISMO red
The car rides
on 18-inch, 10-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/45R18 Michelin
Pilot Sport all-season tires. High-performance 215/45WR18
Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R summer tires are available through Nissan
Included is a
unique four-wheel disc brake system with 11.7-inch vented front
discs and 11.5-inch solid rear discs.
colors are available – Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black
and Aspen White. Our tester came in Gun Metallic, which is a
pleasant medium-dark blue-gray hue.
This car looks
great inside, too, thanks to its performance-oriented interior, and
it has unique suspension tuning for sportier handling – but at the
expense of a smoother ride for the passengers.
is charcoal with red accents, and there are unique bolstered front
bucket seats with NISMO logos. The rear seat has cloth upholstery
with red contrast stitching.
motorsports-inspired trim accents are used throughout the interior,
including on the unique Alcantara leather-wrapped steering wheel,
the start button (with red ring), and the meter cluster with a red
tachometer. There are also red accents on the leather shifter knob
and NISMO embroidered carpets. A dark headliner and NISMO logo on
the instrument panel are also unique.
is a five-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display between the tachometer
and speedometer; a soft-touch instrument panel; sliding center
armrest; Nissan Intelligent Key keyless entry; backup camera; power
windows with driver’s one-touch auto up/down; power door locks
with auto-locking feature, and remote trunk and fuel-filler door
Standard is an
AM/FM/CD audio system with five-inch color display, satellite radio,
and Bluetooth hands-free phone system. The Siri Eyes Free Voice
Recognition and smartphone integration for iPhone and Android phones
are also included.
Premium Package, which cost an extra $1,220 last year, is now
included in the base price, and there are no available options for
the NISMO Sentra. This package includes a Bose Premium audio system
with eight speakers, along with NissanConnect with Navigation and
Mobile Apps and a 5.8-inch color touch-screen display.
electric power steering has also been specially tuned on the NISMO
model to allow for precise control, especially helpful on twisty
safety and security features are front seat-mounted side air bags;
roof-mounted side-curtain air bags with rollover sensors; front seat
belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper
anchors; and LATCH connectors for child safety seats in the rear.
also comes with child-safe rear door locks; Zone Body construction
featuring front and rear crumple zones; the Nissan Immobilizer and
anti-theft alarm systems; and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
Compact, four-door, five-passenger, four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive
Significantly updated just two years ago, the Sentra last year got
its first NISMO turbocharged performance model, along with a
less-expensive SR Turbo model with the same engine. Besides having
great styling and fuel economy, this is a surprisingly delightful
car to drive, especially with the NISMO treatment.
Back seat a tight fit for three people (common in this segment).
1.8-liter inline four-cylinder, normally aspirated (S, SV, SR, SL);
turbocharged 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder (SR Turbo, NISMO).
Six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic.
130 HP./128 foot-pounds (1.8-liter); 188 HP./177 foot-pounds
inches (182.5 SR only).
range: 2,857-3,105 pounds.
front/rear: Disc/drum, antilock (standard); disc/disc, antilock
(optional; standard on SR Turbo, NISMO).
15.1 cubic feet.
Front; front knee; front seat-mounted side; roof-mounted
side-curtain for both rows.
stability control: Standard.
capacity/type: 13.2 gallons/unleaded regular.
economy: 29 mpg city/37 highway/32 combined (1.8, CVT); 27/35/30
(1.8 manual); 27/33/29 (SR Turbo, CVT); 26/32/28 (SR Turbo, manual);
25/31/27 (NISMO, manual); 25/30/27 (NISMO, CVT).
competitors: Volkswagen Jetta, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3,
Kia Forte, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Subaru
range (2018): $16,990-$25,790, plus $885 freight.
tested: $26,675, including freight, no options (NISMO Xtronic).
On the Road
rating: 9.3 (of a possible 10).
are manufacturer’s suggested retail; actual selling price may