With content levels bolstered up and down the lineup, the 2015 Nissan Sentra should be ready to pick up up right where the 2014 model left off—which is a pretty good place to start. After all, although the Sentra doesn't see the kind of volume enjoyed by rivals like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, both of which scored +30,000 sales in June alone, it's actually the Nissan with the hot hand in terms of growth rates: Last month, when no other mainstream compact grew sales by more than 17 percent, the 2014 Sentra surged ahead by 67.6 percent on the strength of 17,097 deliveries.
Now, the 2015 Nissan Sentra is going to offer the same package of goodies as previously, but enhanced by standard features as follows:
- 2015 Nissan Sentra S—adds "Smart Auto" headlights, USB port, cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free phone technology, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
- 2015 Nissan Sentra SV—begins with the gains from the S model, then includes rearview monitor, NissanConnect technology, Bluetooth audio streaming, text-message assistance, Nissan Intelligent Key system, six-speaker display audio (with 4.3-inch screen), sliding front armrest, leather-wrapped steering wheel
- 2015 Nissan Sentra SR—updates with new content from S and SV, then welcomes rear disc brakes and exclusive "Red Alert" exterior color
- 2015 Nissan Sentra SL—benefits from the other trim grades, but ups the ante with leather-appointed seats with a heated front row
There's also a new "Appearance Package" for the 2015 Nissan Sentra SV, bundling a power moonroof, dual illuminated visor mirrors, a rear spoiler and 16-inch, 10-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels.
As a final tweak to the roster, Nissan will only offer its fuel-saving "FE" package with the Sentra S grade for 2015. That shouldn't be much of a loss, however, since the other models of the Nissan Sentra with its continuously variable transmission can achieve 30 mpg city/39 mpg highway/34 mpg combined, while the FE adjustments add a single mile per gallon to that highway total. With the 2015 Nissan Sentra relying on a six-speed manual transmission, a setup also offered only on the S model, EPA marks reach 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway/30 mpg combined.
Pricing for the 2015 Nissan Sentra has yet to be released.