Nissan’s sedan lineup has undergone some major changes this year, with both the Altima and Maxima receiving either a significant redesign or a whole new generation for 2016. At the 2015 LA Auto Show, it was the Sentra’s turn.
The all-new 2016 model was revealed at the event, and right off the bat, you can see that the car has been given a thorough makeover. Sporting a bolder V-Motion front end and an “Energetic Flow” aesthetic philosophy in line with the Altima and Maxima, the Sentra now looks noticeably more distinct and athletic than it did before.
Underneath the new skin lies a host of new features, including a technology package that brings forward emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert to the Sentra for the first time. Also new for 2016 is Siri Eyes Free voice recognition and NissanConnect Services, which offers emergency preparedness, remote access, customizable alerts, and various convenience services including NissanConnect apps. Add in the available 5.8-inch touchscreen, and you have the most tech-packed Sentra ever.
“The 2016 Sentra brings a new level of available advanced Safety Shield Technologies and driving technologies to our high-value Sentra,” said Pierre Loing, Vice President of Nissan Product Planning. “This is also the most connected Sentra ever offered, including its new NissanConnect Services telematics system.”
In addition to the exterior, the interior of the 2016 Sentra has been revamped with a 370Z-inspired steering wheel, an optional six-way power driver’s seat, and a new LCD flat panel display on the instrument panel. The seat fabrics and center console have been upgraded as well.
The 2016 Sentra lineup only offers one engine choice: a 1.8-liter, 130-horsepower four-cylinder that is mated to an Xtronic CVT on all examples save for the S model, which offers a six-speed manual. The 2016 Altima will start at $16,780 when it hits dealerships this December.