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2017 Nissan Sentra Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Nissan Sentra was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

Although the 2017 Nissan Sentra boasts a high-quality interior, its sedated style is outmatched by what you’ll find in redesigned contenders like the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, or Hyundai Elantra. Nonetheless, compared to other compact cars, the Sentra’s cabin has plenty of room for you and your passengers. With supportive seats and a quiet interior, the Sentra shines as a daily commuter or a day tripper. The Sentra’s trunk is also one of the largest in the class. With available Siri Eyes Free, you can control many of your iPhone’s functions with your voice. On the downside, the largest touch screen available is only 5.8 inches, which doesn’t measure up to some competitors.

The standard audio setup is very basic, but you can upgrade to one of two NissanConnect infotainment systems, which come with either a 5- or 5.8-inch display. On the downside, the infotainment systems’ layouts look dated.

  • “Compared to the fresh and modern Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte and Mazda 3, the Sentra could pass for a 10-year-old econobox collecting dust at the local auction." -- New York Daily News
  • "Although the Sentra's conservative overall interior design isn't going to wow you, the cabin gives the impression of being well-made overall." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "… the simple, pleasing design of the Sentra's cabin are rendered in upscale materials seemingly pulled from the Altima." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Seating

The five-seat Sentra comes with standard cloth upholstery. However, you can upgrade to premium cloth or leather upholstery. Also, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available. The Sentra’s LATCH system provides complete sets of anchors on both outboard rear seats and a tether-only connection for the middle seat to install child or booster seats.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a compact car with a larger interior. There’s plenty of head- and legroom in both the front and the back. Most taller passengers won’t have a problem getting comfortable. Seats are supportive, even for lengthy commutes or driving several hours to a weekend getaway. Sound insulation is extraordinary, thanks in part to Nissan’s use of acoustic glass for the windshield, which makes the Sentra quieter than most others in the class.

  • Featuring one of the largest interiors in its class, the Sentra does provide ample leg and headroom. Of course, this is a compact car so basketball centers and football linemen types will be snug. The seats will do for long drives but I did find the steering wheel to be astonishingly heavy." -- New York Daily News
  • "Taller passengers will love sitting in the Sentra. Both its front and rear seats are class-leading when it comes to space. In fact, the rear accommodations are so spacious that the Sentra practically feels like a midsize sedan from the backseat." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Even better, the use of an acoustically insulated windshield and lots of added padding in the firewall and doors makes (sic) the 2016 Sentra remarkably quiet compared to other cars in its class." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)

Interior Features

With the 2017 Sentra, standard features include a four-speaker audio system, a USB port, and Bluetooth for phone calls. Options include push-button start, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 5- or 5.8-inch display, satellite radio, streaming audio via Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, a moonroof, navigation, smartphone app integration, voice recognition, a built-in garage door opener, and an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system.

There are plenty of available safety features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control. Also available is a tire pressure monitoring system that honks when you fill the tires to the appropriate level. The available 5-inch driver information display, found in all trims but the base model, displays fuel economy information, as well as forward collisions and blind spot monitoring alerts.

While there’s a lot to like about the features of the Nissan Sentra, there is also room for improvement. The standard audio setup is basic, but you can upgrade to one of two NissanConnect infotainment systems, which come with either a 5- or 5.8-inch display. For Apple users, Siri Eyes Free enables voice control of your iPhone’s internet radio or messaging, among other apps.

On the downside, the Sentra’s 5.8-inch screen is smaller than what you’ll find in many of the Sentra’s competitors, even when compared against rival’s base models.

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  • "Standout features include smartphone-app integration via NissanConnect, which allows you to do Google searches via the car's 5.8-inch touchscreen interface in navigation-equipped models. SV and higher trims offer Siri Eyes Free voice recognition, which allows iPhone users to utilize any Siri function via a button on the steering wheel. In Sentras without navigation, you can still stream Internet radio (Pandora or iHeartRadio) and monitor text messages and social media." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • That 5.8-inch screen is as big as it gets in the Sentra (instead of competitors' 7-inch screens), and the CD player slot's placement above the screen instead of below or behind it makes the center stack look a bit dated. The Sentra wins back a few points with Apple Siri Eyes Free that can, among other functions, send text messages with voice commands and can read them aloud and display them, too. Then there's the well-designed instrument cluster's central 5-inch color info display that's standard on all but the base S trim and can show lots of useful information." -- Motor Trend (2016)
  • "I was not terribly impressed with the navigation system's small touch screen or maps." -- CNET (2013)

Cargo

Measuring 15.1 cubic feet, the Sentra’s trunk rivals that of midsize cars. In fact, the EPA considers the Sentra to be a midsize car because of its overall dimensions. For more room, you can collapse the 60-40 split-folding rear seats. If that’s not enough, the fold-flat passenger seat allows you to fit long objects, like skis or a surfboard.

  • "Luggage capacity is generous for the class. At 15.1 cubic feet, the Sentra's trunk volume is comparable to that of some midsize sedans." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "And you can now fold the right-front passenger seat so it's flat, and this means you can fit a reasonably long surfboard from the trunk through the 60/40-split folding rear seat." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • "The Nissan Sentra sedan is roomy enough, in fact, that it's one of a handful of compact sedans classified as midsize by the EPA." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

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