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Nissan Sentra or Nissan Versa: Which Sedan Is Right for You?

If you go to a Nissan dealership in Cherry Hill to buy a sedan, you may have a hard time choosing between the Nissan Versa and the Nissan Sentra. While quality and reliability are standard with both, the Versa and the Sentra feature unique performances and styles to accommodate different driving needs.

Cherry Hill Nissan have reviewed the 2016 Sentra and the 2016 Versa separately, but below we compare their features, designs, and performances side by side so you can see the differences between them.

If you’re considering a Versa or a Sentra in the Cherry Hill, Mount Laurel, or Collingswood area, read Cherry Hill Nissan’s comparison to find out which sedan is right for you.

2016 Sentra vs. 2016 Versa: Design

Every member of the Nissan family shares a modern aesthetic, including the Versa and the Sentra. Though these sedans bear a strong resemblance, their differences in design and personality stand alone among Nissan’s well-established lineage.

Cherry Hill Nissan peeks at the Versa and Sentra’s distinct design traits below. First, we take a close look at the Sentra, which received a major makeover for the 2016 model year.

2016 Nissan SentraThe New Sentra

After outgrowing its understated silhouette, the Sentra matured into an upscale compact more closely resembling its siblings the Maxima and the Altima. Its all-new profile and freshly sculpted body boast plenty of appeal, while sharp chrome accents, a V-shaped front grille, and LED headlights give its face a radiant glow.

Hop inside the Sentra’s redesigned cabin and you’ll find class-leading legroom, generous cargo space, and quality materials like soft-touch panel covers and available leather upholstery. And with a new center console and 15.1 cubic feet of trunk volume, the 2016 all-new Sentra provides plenty of space for groceries, luggage, backpacks, and more.

2016 Versa Design

The Nissan Versa is smaller than the 2016 Sentra, but don’t be fooled by its tighter dimensions. With best-in-class rear legroom and 14.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity, the Versa’s blend of comfort, practicality, and style appeals to small car shoppers throughout South Jersey.

The Versa’s sloping curves, chrome door handles, and body-color exterior stand out at first glance. Upon closer inspection, you’ll find a compact sedan that’s aerodynamic, elegant, and pleasing to the eye.

Performing with Efficient Power

Whether you opt for a Nissan Versa or Sentra, you’ll get excellent fuel economy and ample power. A front-wheel drivetrain is standard on each sedan, lending themselves to smooth handling, efficient gas mileage, and a balanced ride.

Versa Performance

Every 2016 Versa gets a 1.6-liter four-cylinder beneath its hood, generating 109 horsepower for sprightly, spirited acceleration. Depending on which trim you choose—1.6 S, 1.6 S +, 1.6 SV, or 1.6 SL—its engine will be paired to a five-speed manual, four-speed automatic, or two-speed Xtronic® continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Whichever combination you opt for, the Versa delivers a composed, smooth ride and impressive EPA estimates. The Versa sedan gets up to 40 highway mpg, depending on how its equipped, and goes further between fill-ups compared to competitors like the Ford Fiesta.

Powering the Sentra

Compared to the Versa, the Sentra gets one more trim and a bit more power. The 2016 Nissan Sentra is available in five trims: S, FE+S, SV, SR, and SL. Each comes with a standard 124-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, though shoppers can upgrade to a 130-horsepower version.

With the exception of its base trim, which gets a six-speed manual transmission, every Nissan Sentra gets the same CVT as the Versa for seamless gear shifts and an efficient fuel economy.

Depending on how its equipped, the Sentra delivers a 34 combined mpg EPA estimate, which is more than the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Corolla.

Safety: Driving with Confidence

Passenger protection is at the forefront of every Nissan design, and the 2016 Versa and the 2016 Sentra are no exception. In fact, Sentras equipped with Forward Emergency Braking were recognized as an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick +, a prestigious distinction only a few competing sedans have achieved.

We’re still waiting on an official IIHS rating for the 2016 Versa, but based on its track record, we can expect a solid report. The 2015 Versa is a Top Safety Pick, and it received a four-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Advancing Safety One Step at a Time

Along with their impeccable crash test scores, the Nissan Versa and Sentra come with a slew of standard safety features to give you peace of mind, including anti-lock brakes, Vehicle Dynamic Control, and Traction Control.

The 2016 Nissan Sentra and Versa have a standard tire pressure monitoring system to help you keep your treads properly inflated. This system offers an available Easy-Fill Tire Alert, which beeps your horn once you’ve reached the correct tire pressure.

In addition to these features, the Sentra offers a rearview monitor, which displays the area behind it on a screen in your front console when you switch into reverse. That way you can back out of parking spaces, pull out of driveways, and parallel park with confidence.

2016 Nissan Sentra TechnologyTechnology

These days, staying connected isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. That’s why the Nissan Versa and the Nissan Sentra offer features like the NissanConnectSM infotainment system.

With NissanConnectSM, you can integrate your smartphone directly to your car’s dashboard—whether you opt for the Sentra or the Versa—and swipe through features like Sirius XM® Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, and social media seamlessly.

Test Drive a Nissan Sedan at Cherry Hill Nissan

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to choose the Nissan Sentra or Versa for your next sedan. We have a full inventory of both cars for drivers in Cherry Hill, Mount Laurel, and Collingswood to consider, so stop by our showroom to take a test drive today!

Cherry Hill Nissan is conveniently located at 2325 Route 38 in Cherry Hill, NJ. For immediate assistance, call 888-449-7454 to speak with a sales representative.

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