Following a major redesign of the Nissan Sentra in 2013, not much has changed overall with the 2015 Nissan Sentra model from the 2014 Sentra. The major change has been the uffling of standard and available options, especially in the interior, which Nissan did to become more competitive with the rest of the cars in the segment. That might seem like not such a big deal, but it certainly is in this segment, where the competition is very tough. One needs to look no further than the effect the redesign has had on 2013 and 2014 sales numbers, which has seen an increase in sales each year.
While the 2015 Nissan Sentra finds itself categorized as a compact sedan, the automaker has stretched the Sentra in an effort to give it the dynamics of a larger, more comfortable mid-sized sedan, eschewing the small and sporty feel some of the others in the class have. Overall size is in the range of where mid-sized sedans were not too long ago, giving the Sentra an increased amount of headroom and legroom over others in the class as well.
Standard and Available Options
Even as a member of the compact class, the 2015 Nissan Sentra boasts a pretty good lineup for standard and available options. There’s a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, air conditioning, power windows, power locks and keyless entry, even on the base S package. Upgrading to the SV brings cruise control, six speakers instead of four for the sound system, steering wheel audio controls and a security system. SR and SL trims include Bluetooth connectivity standard.
Optional equipment includes:
- NissanConnect with navigation system
- Rearview monitor
- Google Send-to-Car integration
- Eco route mode
- Pandora integration via your smartphone
- Bose premium audio
- SiriusXM satellite radio
- Automatic headlamps
- Dual-zone climate control
- Heated side mirrors
Engines and Performance
All 2015 Nissan Sentra models come with the same 1.8L four-cylinder, capable of 130 horsepower. While that might not seem like a lot of power, it is worthwhile to note that the Sentra dropped 150 pounds last year, and kept the weight off for 2015. Sentras come standard with an Xtronic continuously variable transmission, which also helps keep fuel efficiency numbers high. Available as an option for the Sentra S is a six-speed manual transmission.
One of the unique features, and key for those buying the Sentra for its fuel economy, is the FFE+ package. It adds a rear spoiler and other aerodynamic improvements, as well as low-rolling resistance tires that push the vehicle beyond 40 mpg. Official numbers have not been made public for the 2015 model but should stick close to what they were in 2014.
Interior and Exterior
The 2015 Nissan Sentra takes much of its design both inside and out from big brother Altima. Nissan claims that they were shooting for an interior that rivaled cars from the next class up, but the choice in materials and overall layout belie this proposition. Even so, the interior comes in right about where others in this class are.
From the front, the outside of the Sentra is almost a mirror image of the Altima. Opting for the SR trim gives the exterior a sporty appearance; otherwise, the 2015 Nissan Sentra is best recognized as handsome and more mature.
You can test drive one today at Cherry Hill Nissan, located at 2325 Route 38 in Cherry Hill, NJ. Whether you are coming from Moorestown, Marlton, Medford, Camden or Philadelphia, you can find what you are looking for on our lot, from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday or Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Don’t forget to ask about our First Time Buyer’s Program. We look forward to seeing you!