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2021 Nissan Sentra Interior Review


Interior: 6.5

The 2021 Nissan Sentra has an attractive cabin with a blend of soft and hard plastics. The seats are nicely cushioned, but trunk space is lacking. Using the infotainment system is easy, but some of the controls are repetitive or slow to respond.

  • "Inside, the Sentra has one of the prettier designs in this segment. … The interior materials are a mix of soft and hard plastics, but the former cover the surfaces that count and help mask the rest. Models appointed with the quilted leather upholstery look especially upscale, even though they're at odds with the sporty-car, flat-bottom steering wheel." -- Car and Driver
  • "All the materials have also been radically improved. The dash is no longer a sea of black plastic and its new design features knurled climate control knobs and round air conditioning vents like you get in a Mercedes or a Kia Stinger." -- Autoblog (2020)
  • "Hard plastics certainly abound in the Sentra's cabin, but there are enough padded soft-touch surfaces to elevate the interior experience. Even better, those surfaces are thoughtfully placed. We especially appreciated the padding along the center console to keep the driver's knee from resting on a hard surface." -- Edmunds (2020)


With 14.3 cubic feet of space, the Sentra’s trunk provides less room than that of many other compact cars. The wide opening is a plus, but the folded rear seats sit a few inches higher than the trunk floor, which can make it hard to load long items.

  • "Its trunk has shrunk from 15.1 cubic feet to 14.3. That’s a bit larger than the trunk of the Toyota Corolla and a bit smaller than the Civic’s. A 60/40 split folding rear seat is standard." -- Autoblog (2020)
  • "Trunk space is adequate, but unexceptional. The area is wide at the rear, but sickle-shaped hinges dip into the load area, there’s no real underfloor storage, and folding the rear seat backs results in about a 3-inch step that long items have to clear." -- Consumer Guide (2020)
  • "For 2020, trunk space is down almost a cubic foot from last year, to 14.3 cubic feet. That lands squarely between the larger Honda Civic and the smaller Toyota Corolla and is about average for the segment. It's a usable space at least, deeper than you'd think from the outside, and easy to access thanks to a trunklid that opens very wide." -- Edmunds (2020)


The Sentra can seat five people. The seats are comfortable and well-padded, especially up front. Both rows have a good amount of legroom, and headroom in the back is decent, though passengers 6-feet tall and above may feel a bit cramped.

Cloth upholstery comes standard, but you can upgrade to a higher-quality cloth, or synthetic or genuine leather. Other available equipment includes a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a heated steering wheel.

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. There’s also a tether anchor for the rear middle seat, which has the ability to borrow a lower anchor from either side. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the highest rating of Good+ for ease of use.

  • "Nissan also coddles passengers in the front with its extra-comfy Zero Gravity seats, which are spacious, pliant, and supportive. Opting for the available sunroof cuts into the cabin's headroom but otherwise, adults have ample space in the front and back." -- Car and Driver
  • "There was plenty of legroom for my 5-foot-11 frame to fit behind my driving position, but it’s on the edge of what would be called acceptable headroom. If I were any taller or sat up straight, my head would brush against the ceiling." -- Cars.com (2020)
  • "Four adults will fit just fine inside the Sentra, with plenty of head- and shoulder-room up front. Rear passengers shouldn't have too much trouble getting comfortable, with a decent amount of legroom and space for your feet under the front seats." -- CNET (2020)

Interior Features

In addition to basics like push-button start and remote keyless entry, the base Sentra features a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Upgrades include an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, an eight-speaker Bose stereo, satellite radio, two more USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The touch screen is easy to see and reach, but it can lag before responding to inputs. Also, some of the physical climate controls require repetitive button pushing. Using them is simple but tedious.

Plenty of safety features come standard, including a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and a driver attention monitor. Some models may come with adaptive cruise control and a surround-view parking camera system.

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  • "The Nissan multimedia system is pretty simple, yet at the same time unintuitive – it’s a car I’d plug my phone into each time I drove it." -- Cars.com (2020)
  • "The graphics are kind of meh, and the screen isn't super-responsive to inputs. Nissan doesn't offer an embedded navigation option, either, which I'm actually OK with. The Apple- and Google-based systems include map apps, and run more intuitive software than Nissan's proprietary stuff. You're better off letting your phone handle the heavy lifting as far as infotainment tech is concerned." -- CNET (2020)
  • "Nissan’s 'corporate' infotainment controls are used, and that’s a good thing: Volume and tuning knobs are augmented by some handy buttons, and the 8-inch touchscreen on SV and SR models tested (a 7-inch touchscreen is standard on the base S) is easy to decipher and reach. A bit less impressive are the climate controls, which – on the SV and SR, at least – use rotary knobs for dual temperature settings but less-convenient repetitive-step pushbuttons for fan speed and mode." -- Consumer Guide (2020) 
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