The new 2016 Nissan Sentra made its appearance at this year’s LA Auto Show, gaining new styling to bring it into line with the rest of the Nissan family from the full-size Maxima sedan to the Murano crossover.
This comes as the Nissan Sentra has been selling at a break-neck pace, up nearly 10 percent for 2015. And planning to keep it moving, Nissan gave the Sentra a dose of updates that start with a bold new face and interior upgrades.
The new front fascia features the Nissan V-Motion grille and is framed by new boomerang style headlights and LED signature lighting. New fenders and a hood bring lines and creases that tie it all together into the existing design of the sedan.
Out back is a new rear bumper fascia and boomerang shaped tail lamps too. There’s three new wheel designs, and for 2016, Blue Pearl joins the list of ten available exterior colors.
Moving to the cabin, Nissan gave the Sentra a number of trim and equipment upgrades starting with a new steering wheel similar to that the 370Z. It gets a new center stack design, new console and seat fabrics. And there’s a new 6-way power driver’s seat available too.
Upper trim levels get a new instrument cluster with a high resolution TFT LCD display screen with a number of customizable information sets. Also included this year is Siri Eyes Free Voice Recognition as standard equipment.
When it comes to driving, the 2016 Nissan Sentra’s suspension has been retuned, now 10 percent stiffer in the spring and damper rates. Nissan says steering feel and response improves with this as well as reprogrammed electric power steering and a new tire offering,
Power continues to come from the 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine which is carryover from the 2015 model year. It offers up 130 horsepower and continues to be paired with Nissan’s Xtronic continuously-variable transmission. A six-speed manual is available in the base Sentra S.
2016 also brings a number of optional driver-assist and crash avoidance systems to the Sentra, including Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Pricing will start at $16,780 with Nissan pointing out that its most popular SV trim grade with a Driver Assist Package will can be had for under $20,000. It arrives at late December with full pricing to be announced at that time.