The 2021 Nissan Sentra ranks 34 out of 40 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Sentra, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2021 Nissan Sentra is ranked:
#34 in Affordable Small Cars
#18 in Affordable Compact Cars
Though test drivers say the 2021 Nissan Sentra has a roomy back seat and plenty of cargo space, it’s surpassed by rivals that offer more powerful engines and snappier handling.
The Sentra has a four-cylinder engine that automotive critics say provides adequate power for tooling around the city, but feels underpowered when trying to merge or pass at highway speeds. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available. The Sentra gets its best gas mileage with the new CVT at an EPA-estimated 29/37 mpg city/highway, which is one of the best ratings in the class. Test drivers say the Sentra handles decently overall and absorbs most bumps, but it’s unexciting to drive, especially compared to rivals like the Ford Focus and Mazda Mazda3.
The 2021 Sentra’s cabin is tastefully decorated with soft materials that are high-quality, reviewers say. Test drivers note that the front seats are comfortable, but they’re set high, so headroom is tight. Reviewers agree that there’s ample room in the back seat, with some saying it’s one of the roomiest back seats in the class. The Sentra comes with a four-speaker CD audio system and an auxiliary audio jack. Available options include an eight-speaker Bose audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth with audio streaming, satellite radio, a 5.8-inch touch-screen navigation system, a rearview camera, a power moonroof, push-button start, hands-free text messaging and NissanConnect, which links the car’s infotainment system with smartphone apps like Facebook and Pandora Internet radio. Controls are conveniently placed and generally easy to use, test drivers report, especially the infotainment and navigation systems, which they say are a breeze to program and pair with a smartphone. Sound quality is just OK from the base stereo system, critics say. The Sentra has an excellent amount of trunk space for the class, even rivaling the space of some midsize cars.