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MSRP: $16,480 - $20,670
Invoice: $16,066 - $19,641
MPG: 27 City / 36 Hwy
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Nissan Sentra Interior

According to auto journalists, the 2015 Nissan Sentra's cabin is constructed with upscale materials and has a simple design. The Sentra earns praise for its spacious rear seats and generous trunk space, although some critics note that the front seats aren't as comfortable or supportive as they could be, and small-item storage space in the cabin is unimpressive. Most test drivers add that the available NissanConnect infotainment system is easy to operate.

  • "The similarities continue inside, where the simple, pleasing design of the Sentra's cabin are rendered in upscale materials seemingly pulled from the Altima." -- Left Lane News
  • "High-quality materials, electroluminescent gauges and a tasteful, contoured design help create what is arguably the finest interior in all of Compactsedanland." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Although the Sentra's conservative overall interior design isn't going to wow you, everything in the cabin is solidly screwed together." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "Nissan claims best-in-class interior space, and the Sentra certainly feels roomier than a compact should. The rear seat in particular is massive for a car in this class. The trunk is equally huge. If there are faults, they're in the front seats." -- Motor Trend (2013)

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Seating

The Sentra seats five on standard cloth seats. Upgraded cloth or leather upholstery is optional, as are heated front seats. Reviewers say that the 2015 Sentra offers sufficient front-seat space, although several comment that the seats aren't very supportive and aren't especially comfortable for long stretches of time. On the other hand, critics praise the Sentra for its generous rear-seat space.

  • "With more interior room than a Dodge Dart and more rear-seat legroom than the Ford Focus, the Sentra offers superior comfort for all its occupants while keeping its exterior dimensions tidy and manageable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Taller drivers will welcome the Nissan Sentra's unexpectedly spacious front seats. Rear-seat passengers aren't left out, either. Indeed, the rear accommodations are so spacious that the Sentra practically feels like a midsize sedan from the backseat." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "Our predilection would be for a set of front seats with larger side bolsters than these very flat Sentra seats offered, though we must admit that the cushions felt nicely padded for long-range cruising." -- Autoblog (2013)
  • "Granted, I have short legs, but the short telescoping range in the steering wheel had me sitting way up on the pedals to get close enough to the wheel. The seat bottom cushions are pretty thin and wear you out on longer trips, though the backrests are comfortable." -- Motor Trend (2013)

Interior Features

The 2015 Sentra comes standard with a four-speaker audio system, a USB port and Bluetooth. Options include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, the NissanConnect infotainment system with a 5.8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, proximity key, an eight-speaker Bose audio system and satellite radio.

Most test drivers agree that the Sentra’s available infotainment system is easy to operate, and that it is easy to pair a phone, use the integrated Pandora Internet radio app or use Google to search for nearby destinations.

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  • "The Sentra's handsome interior is augmented by its advanced infotainment system that includes NissanConnect, an apps-based platform that permits access to Google and Pandora as well as the ability to manage incoming and outgoing text messages." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Ergonomics are solid, with all the controls logically laid out and easy to reach. That praise extends to the optional NissanConnect navigation system, which is intuitive and easy to use. Nissan's done a commendable job of simplifying the functions, making things like inputting an address or connecting a phone via Bluetooth quick and easy." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "The Google local search capability was particularly impressive, especially as it did not rely on a smartphone's data connection. Pandora integration also worked very well. I was not terribly impressed with the navigation system's small touch screen or maps." – CNET (2013)

Cargo

The Nissan Sentra has 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is very good for the class. Test drivers comment that the Sentra’s trunk space rivals that of a midsize sedan. However, several complain that there isn’t much small-item storage in the cabin.

  • "The theme continues all the way back into one of the category's biggest trunks. The Nissan Sentra sedan is roomy enough, in fact, that it's one of a handful of compact sedans classified as midsize by the EPA." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Sentra also takes after the Altima in size, being one of the larger sedans in its segment in terms of legroom and trunk space, with the latter measuring a midsize-like 15.3 cubic inches." -- Left Lane News
  • "One area where the Sentra could use an upgrade is interior storage. The center console is tiny and there's no bin in front of the transmission shifter either. There are two average-size cupholders between the seats and some decent door pockets, but neither is a good place for loose change." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "... the storage bins are tiny, and there is no place to put your phone." -- Jalopnik (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/14/15

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