Last year’s redesign bestowed several improvements on the Nissan Sentra, including a more refined cabin and an even better ride. The 2021 Nissan Sentra continues to be a favorite among Salinas Nissan shoppers, thanks to its combination of comfort and affordability. While some budget-priced compact sedans skimp on features, the Sentra gets a nice list of features that come standard, including advanced safety gear such as blind-spot monitoring and forward collision mitigation.
According to the Nissan dealership serving Salinas, changes for 2021 include standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across the lineup. The SR trim gets available NissanConnect Services and a Wi-Fi hotspot, and there’s a new two-tone paint color: Electric Blue metallic with a black roof.
The 2021 Nissan Sentra seats five and is offered in three trim levels: S, SV, and SR. The Sentra is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 149 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque, connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that sends power to the front wheels. Fuel economy is rated at an EPA-estimated 29 mpg city/39 mpg highway for the S and SV trims, and 28 mpg city/37 mpg highway for the SR.*
Automotive reviewers give the 2021 Nissan Sentra high marks. Kelley Blue Book wrote: “The 2021 Nissan Sentra is a really good compact sedan. It has to be, because even though the world is crossover-crazy, companies are still making and selling excellent examples of the compact car craft. The Sentra, now in the second year of its eighth generation, holds its own among them.”
Standard features for the base S trim include keyless entry and ignition, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, driver attention monitoring and Intelligent Trace Control. Standard tech features include a 4.2-inch digital driver information display and a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen.
The Safety Shield 360 system is also standard. This suite of safety features includes rear automatic braking, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic on/off headlights with automatic high beams, and blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert.
Step up to the SV trim, and you’ll get a leather-wrapped steering wheel, intelligent cruise control, a 7-inch digital driver’s display, an 8-inch infotainment display, satellite radio and three USB ports.
The range-topping SR trim comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, and some appearance embellishments. The SR opens the door to the SR Premium package, which includes simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a powered moonroof, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, Wi-Fi and a 360-degree camera system.
Safety is important to buyers who are purchasing a family car. The 2021 Nissan Sentra is very safe. The IIH gave the 2021 Sentra its highest rating of five stars in all crash tests and named the Sentra a Top Safety Pick. The Sentra also received excellent safety scores from the NHTSA. The agency gave the Sentra five-out-of-five stars for overall safety.