2015 Nissan Sentra

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What's New for 2015:
  • Bluetooth and USB port standard
  • Leather seats (heated in front) standard on SL
  • Rear disc brakes now standard on SR and SL
  • Previous Driver equipment packages now standard on SV and SR
  • Optional Appearance package added to SV
  • Other features added to standard menu on all trim levels

The 2015 Nissan Sentra is a 5-passenger, front-wheel-drive (FWD) sedan that resides between the smaller, lower-priced Versa and the larger, pricier Altima in Nissan's U.S. car lineup. The Sentra was little changed for 2014, following a 2013 redesign, but the model has been considerably upgraded for 2015, with many features added to the list of standard equipment at all four trim levels and with more options now available. The 2015 Nissan Sentra's leading competitors include the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta.

Models and Features
The 2015 Nissan Sentra is a basic 4-door family or commuter car. The base S trim features a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 16-in. steel wheels, LED-accented headlights, power-adjustable outside mirrors, height-adjustable driver's seat and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, 4-speaker sound system with an auxiliary input jack, power windows, and keyless entry. Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port are newly standard equipment on the 2015 Sentra S.

One step up the Sentra ladder is the SV, which features standard cruise control, premium cloth upholstery, two additional speakers, rear disc brakes, and a security system. The previously optional SV Driver package is now standard on the SV, including Nissan Intelligent Key, Smart Auto Headlights, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with 4.3-in. color display, satellite radio (subscription required), sliding front armrest, and more. The FE+ versions of the S and SV get slightly better gas mileage with their low-rolling-resistance tires, rear spoiler, and aerodynamic tweaks to the wheel wells and underside of the vehicle.

The Sentra SR features sportier styling, plus 17-in. alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, fog lights, revised bumpers and rocker panels, so-called sport cloth upholstery, and distinctive silver interior accents. The previously optional SR Driver package is now standard. The SL is the top-of-the-line Sentra and features standard leather-appointed upholstery with heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlights, heated turn signal mirrors, upgraded audio system with satellite radio capability and iPod connection, push-button start, and dual-zone climate control. The SL also features Nissan's Easy-Fill Tire Alert (the horn beeps when the tires have been inflated to the correct pressure) technology as standard equipment.

Options and Packages
There are no optional equipment packages available for the 2015 Nissan Sentra S, but many of the features that are standard on the upper trim levels are available as individual options, or packaged, on the lower trims or are optional on all trims but the S. For example, the Cold Weather package, available only on the SV, adds leather upholstery and heated front seats. The SV also qualifies for the Appearance package, which adds a moonroof, upgraded wheels, and spoiler.

Under the Hood
Regardless of trim level, the 2015 Nissan Sentra features a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 130 horsepower and 128 lb.-ft. of torque, with that power sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual (S only) or continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Fuel Economy
The base 2015 Sentra S with its 6-speed manual transmission gets 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined, according to the EPA. The optional CVT brings the numbers up to 29/39/33 mpg. The FE+ S gets 30/40/34 mpg.

Safety Ratings and Technology
Standard safety features on the 2015 Nissan Sentra include 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, bright LED taillights, and 6 air bags.

In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2015 Nissan Sentra received an overall rating of 4 stars (out of a possible 5), with 4 stars for rollover and frontal-impact protection, and 5 stars for side-impact protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2015 Sentra received a rating of \"Good\"--the IIHS's highest--for moderate-overlap frontal offset, side-impact, and roof-strength crash tests. The 2015 Sentra also was designated a \"Top Safety Pick\" by the IIHS.


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