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2017 Nissan Sentra Features Review

by Frank

The 2017 Nissan Sentra is a five-passenger 4-door sedan available in S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, and SL configurations. The 2017 Nissan Sentra is part of the seventh Sentra generation introduced for 2013. The MSRP in 2017 for a base Nissan Sentra S was $17,790 on up to $25,840 for the top SL trim level. The Nissan Sentra is only available in a sedan.

Pre-owned 2017 Nissan Sentra models are available with a 1.8 L-liter gasoline engine, with output up to 124 hp, depending on the engine type. All used 2017 Nissan Sentra models include front-wheel drive. Available transmissions include a 6-spd. manual and a CVT transmission.

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2017 Nissan Sentra Review

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The 2017 Nissan Sentra is a compact sedan that stands out in its class by virtue of it being uncommonly spacious inside, with a back seat that rivals those of many midsize vehicles where head- and legroom are concerned. That’s also the case in the trunk, which offers 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s almost as much cargo capacity as some full-size sedans.

For 2017, the most notable update to the Sentra lineup is the new SR Turbo. It’s fitted with the same 188-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that comes in the Nissan Juke crossover. That should make the Sentra feel more like a performance car, as will its sport-tuned suspension, reworked steering, and updated braking system.

The 2017 Nissan Sentra comes standard with antilock brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is normal beginning at the SV trimming level. The SR and SL trim levels may also be obtained with blind-spot tracking with back cross-traffic awake (standard on SL) and adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking.

More stripped down 2017 Sentra models have drum brakes in the rear, but disk brakes are standard on the SR and SL front and rear. In brake testing, a Sentra using the cheap rear drum brakes stopped from 60 mph in 118 ft, a marginally better-than-average distance for the segment. A 2017 Nissan Sentra SL came to a stop in 113 ft, which is nearly unheard of in the compact sedan class.

In crash tests, the 2017 Nissan Sentra earned an overall evaluation of four stars (from a possible five), with four stars for front-impact protection and five stars for side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Sentra very high ratings.

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2017 Nissan Sentra Configurations

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The cheapest trim level, the Sentra S, includes 16-inch steel brakes, automatic headlights, remote keyless entry, air conditioning plus a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, cruise control, Bluetooth telephone connectivity along with a four-speaker sound system using a CD player, a USB port and an AUX audio input jack.

Stepping up to this SV provides you keyless entry and ignition, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 5-inch driver data display in the center instrument cluster, a 5-inch standard touchscreen infotainment system, a rearview camera, NissanConnect, Bluetooth audio connectivity along with a six-speaker audio system with XM satellite radio.

The SR has unique 17-inch wheels, rear disc brakes, a sport body kit that includes a rear performance spoiler, modern LED headlights (low beams), foglights, heated mirrors, upgraded cloth upholstery, and heated front seats. The SR Turbo provides a more powerful engine, a sport-tuned suspension, recalibrated steering, an upgraded front braking system, and a sunroof. Both the SR and SR Turbo are accessible using the Midnight Edition bundle, which includes black 17-inch brakes, black mirror caps plus also a black spoiler, in addition to unique floor mats.

The top of the line SL doesn’t get the SR’s sport body kit but does include different 17-inch wheels in addition to the rear disk brakes, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment), an auto-dimming rearview mirror plus bigger 5.8-inch touchscreen navigation and voice controls. A blind-spot tracking system with rear cross-path alert can also be had.

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2017 Nissan Sentra Packages

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The All-Weather package (SV only ) includes heated front seats and heated outside mirrors. The Style package (SV only ) adds identifying 16-inch metal wheels, a sunroof, illuminated vanity mirrors, and LED interior light. The SR Premium Technology package begins with the contents of this Style package then tacks on the leather upholstery, power driver seat, auto-dimming mirror, and larger touchscreen navigation in the SL.

In addition, you acquire the adaptive cruise control system with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot tracking with a rear cross-traffic alert system, and also an eight-speaker Bose audio system. The SR Turbo Premium package contains these very same upgrades.

The SL Premium Technology package adds the contents of this Design package (minus the 16-inch wheels) plus cruise control using autonomous emergency braking along with the eight-speaker Bose sound system.

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2017 Nissan Sentra Engines

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The 2017 Nissan Sentra comes optioned with one of two motors. A 1.8-liter engine that makes 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque is standard on the S, SV, SR, and SL versions. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the S, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) can be had on that version and standard on other Sentras.

The newest SR Turbo gets a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, which places outside 188 hp and 177 lb-ft, mated to a selection of a six-speed guide or a specially calibrated CVT using manual-shift style.

In independent testing, a 2017 Nissan Sentra SL hastened from zero to 60 miles in 10.1 minutes, which is one of the slowest times for this type of automobile.

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Final Thoughts

Nissan’s compact Sentra for 2017 proceeds a 35-year tradition of offering plenty of features in a sporty 4-door that’s a cut above the normal small sedan. Inside, the Sentra isn’t really that much smaller than the midsize Altima, and it offers lots of distinct personalities which range from economical standard transport to an amenity-filled mini-luxury vehicle.

There is a new turbo model for enthusiast-oriented drivers. The 2017 Nissan Sentra sedan is current on the latest features such as available adaptive cruise-control and autonomous-braking systems. Pricewise, the Nissan Sentra can cost less than a Honda Civic, provides more features than the Toyota Corolla, and is as roomy inside as the Hyundai Elantra.

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