2018 Nissan Sentra

Interior


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2018 Nissan Sentra Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The 2018 Nissan Sentra has quality interior materials, though the cabin's design looks and feels dated compared to more contemporary rivals. The Sentra is among the most passenger-friendly cars in the class, with generous space in both rows of seats. The infotainment system is easy to use, though the screen is not as large as those offered by some rivals, nor does it have as many state-of-the-art features. The Sentra has a very roomy trunk for the compact car class.

  • "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 (2017)
  • "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

There are five seats in the Sentra. Cloth upholstery and a tilting and telescoping steering wheel come standard. Optional comfort features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver's seat.

Overall, the Sentra offers exceptional passenger space for a compact car. Both rows can comfortably accommodate adults, and they have plenty of legroom. Headroom can be a bit limited for particularly tall adults, since the seats are mounted rather high. Still, the high mounting can be a positive for shorter drivers, as it provides excellent visibility. The Sentra is very quiet inside.

There are full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on each of the Sentra's outboard rear seats, along with an additional upper tether anchor on the middle rear seat.

  • The Sentra has a large back seat with plenty of space for adults. The seats, especially the front passenger one, are mounted noticeably high. People of above-average height reported feeling out of place. Shorter drivers may appreciate the view." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2017)
  • "Even better, the use of an acoustically insulated windshield and lots of added padding in the firewall and doors makes the 2016 Sentra remarkably quiet compared to other cars in its class." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)

Interior Features

The 2018 Sentra comes standard with a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera. Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, an upgraded 5.8-inch touch screen, navigation, NissanConnect smartphone integration, an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system, satellite radio, push-button start, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

All models have a user-friendly touch-screen infotainment system with clearly labeled on-screen buttons. Higher trims have an upgraded system that includes navigation and NissanConnect smartphone integration, which lets you access some of your apps on the touch screen. Many rivals have bigger displays that include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, which are more advanced than the NissanConnect setup.

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  • "The infotainment screen is small but refreshingly easy to use with straightforward, easy-to-read virtual buttons. Everything important is within reach from the driver's seat including the logical, albeit small, steering wheel controls." -- Edmunds
  • 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." -- Motor Trend (2016)
  • "I was not terribly impressed with the navigation system's small touch screen or maps." -- CNET (2013)

Cargo

The Sentra has 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is more than most compact car rivals. In fact, it is more in line with the cargo capacities of most midsize cars. All models have split-folding rear seats to let you haul larger items, and you can even fold the front passenger seat down to fit especially long objects. There are a few usable interior storage spaces to stow small personal items.

  • Center console storage and cupholders are sufficient, but nothing clever." -- Edmunds
  • "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)
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