Small sport-utilities and crossovers may be the latest rage, but compact sedans are often where first-time new-car buyers land. After all, once you take care of your huge cellphone bill every month, there’s not much left over for a car. Enter the Nissan Sentra sedan, which for 2016 gets a significant mid-cycle refresh. It starts around $17K and can be optioned up with pretty much all of the entertainment, connectivity and safety tech you’d want. The new technology helps the 2016 Sentra stay relevant with buyers cross-shopping the 2016 Honda Civic and 2017 Hyundai Elantra, both of which received big-time content and tech upgrades recently. Updated styling includes a familial V-shaped grille and boomerang-accented headlamps, bringing the 2016 Sentra into alignment with the new midsize Altima and sporty Maxima sedans.
Last year, the 2015 Sentra was the top-rated compact car in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, which measures problems experienced by owners within the first three months. But the bar has been raised. Expectations of what a small sedan should offer are rising. So, in addition to the new infotainment, safety and driver-assistive technology added for 2016, the new Sentra gets upgraded, soft-touch materials and more soundproofing in the cabin, higher-resolution instrument-panel displays, a 370Z-inspired steering wheel and for the first time, an optional 6-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar.
Here are 10 things you need to know about the 2016 Nissan Sentra sedan.