New 2011 Nissan Sentra Improves on Gas Mileage
Minor changes made to the new 2011 Nissan Sentra boost the compact's total combined efficiency to 30 mpg. A few new standard features also help make the Sentra more competitive within the small car class. Learn what's new on the 2011 Nissan Sentra and review specifications, features and full fuel ratings.
What's New - 2011 Nissan Sentra
The Nissan Sentra was treated to a mid-cycle refresh in 2010. As such, very few changes occur for the 2011 model year. However, a rear spoiler previously only available on the SE-R trim can now be had on lower trims. Additionally, anti-lock brakes and stability control are now standard equipment. Tweaks made to the returning engine help bolster fuel economy.
2011 Nissan Sentra Styling
The Nissan Sentra's design incorporates a tall, sloping roofline and rounded edges. Thanks to the expansive glass, the Sentra offers some of the best outward visibility in the compact vehicle class. However, some may find the trade-off of tall exterior aesthetics to be less than ideal.
Inside, Nissan engineers attempt to balance the Sentra between affordability and above-average fit and finish. The result is a commingling of hard plastics and soft/textured surfaces. All in all, the Sentra's level of comfort and available features in on par with class competitors. Front-seat passengers should find little to complain about in the department of comfort. Rear-seat passengers may long for additional knee space.
At 13.1 cubic feet of trunk space, the Sentra delivers above-average storage space. A standard 60/40 split rear seat also benefits the vehicle's functionality.
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2011 Nissan Sentra Performance
Base engine for the 2011 Sentra is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that outputs 140 horsepower. Engine power and performance for the Sentra is average for its class - a fact that means speed and handling are adequate, but not exhilarating. To remedy this potential downside, Nissan also offers a 177-hp 2.5-liter four-banger. Thanks in part to an available continuously variable transmission (CVT), the Sentra earns pretty good gas mileage. EPA estimates for the Sentra are as follows:
- 2.0 Sentra (manual): 24 mpg city/31 mpg hwy
- 2.0 Sentra (CVT): 27 mpg city/34 mpg hwy
- 2.5 Sentra (manual): 21 mpg city/28 mpg hwy
- 2.5 Sentra (CVT): 24 mpg city/30 mpg hwy
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2011 Nissan Sentra Safety
Standard safety features for the Nissan Sentra include anti-lock brakes (front disc and rear drum), six airbags, stability control and active front head restraints. Four-wheel disc brakes are available on the SE-R trim. In crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the new Nissan Sentra earned a best-possible rating of "Good" in both frontal- and side-impact categories.
2011 Nissan Sentra Prices and Features
Base price for the 2011 Sentra is listed at $15,520. This MSRP is average for the class, although competitors such as the 2011 Ford Fiesta and 2011 Honda Fit can be had for less. Standard features available on all Sentra models include air conditioning, power windows/locks, tilt steering wheel, four-speaker stereo, CD player and auxiliary jack. Available upgrades include cruise control, keyless entry/ignition, Bluetooth, premium stereo, sunroof and leather seats. Performance trims also add such features as larger brakes, enhanced suspension and performance tires.
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