Auto review By Veeno Dewan
For 2022, the Nissan Sentra 4-door compact sedan comes off an eighth-generation redesign from 2020. It’s a knockout looking car with its bigger Altima and Maxima sedan sibling design influences. It is all there, the floating-roof, and sleek proportions. It does not look tacked together or weird like some of its competitors. With the optional black roof, the Sentra looks even longer and lower. Nissan have redefined what a car of this size and model can deliver. The attractive exterior and smart interior really look the part.
The Nissan Sentra makes 149 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque from the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine. Transmission comprises either a CVT or a six-speed manual.
For 2022, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is standard on the base trim, as are heated seats and heated mirrors. Nissan released Canadian pricing that starts at (not including Freight and PDI ($1,670): Sentra S 6MT $19,498, A two-tone Electric Blue Metallic paint option with a black roof is a new addition for the SR trim and features black wheels. Along with emergency braking, the Sentra also gets standard automatic high beams and blind-spot monitors. Adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera system are available on some models. Every Nissan Sentra comes with power windows and locks, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, automatic emergency braking, and keyless start.
The Sentra SV receives: steering-wheel controls a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, adaptive cruise control, and a 7.0-inch digital vehicle info display. The sporty Sentra SR has: 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, LED headlights, dark chrome grille, and a black interior with orange stitching detailing on the upholstery.
The Premium package in the Sentra SV and SR. offers wonderful looking quilted leather seats (synthetic leather in the SR), a power sunroof, a power driver seat, and heated front seats. The SR Premium also gets an eight-speaker Bose audio system and a surround-view camera system.
We tested the special Sentra SR Midnight Edition (Priced from $25,598). Sporting unique black 18-inch alloy wheels, plus matching dark accents on the V-Motion Grille, outside mirrors, rear spoiler, rear diffuser, and exclusive Midnight Edition rear badging. The Sentra’s dynamic V-Motion Grille is set off with a black painted finish and complemented by black mirror caps, black badging, and bright LED headlights. Performance features include Active understeer control, Intelligent Race Control , AND Intelligent Ride
Inside, the Sentra has one of the best cabins in this segment. It’s light and airy, and the dash and instrumentation has big car styling with its large touchscreen and trio of circular air vents. There is a mix of high quality soft and hard plastics and durable fabrics. The interior is a step up in terms of design and amenities- opt for the available quilted leather and an optional tan-and-black interior and it looks downright luxurious! The front Zero Gravity seats, are comfortable and supportive. Legroom and headroom is fine. The rear seats are made for two, fitting three adults at a squeeze. The Sentra’s trunk is also top of its class with a wide deep opening and 14.3 cubic feet of space. The Midnight Edition gains: 6-way adjustable drivers’ seat, power moon roof and 60/40 split folding rear seats.
On the road, the Sentra is quick once it gets going, and Xtronic CVT l transmission is a joy with its fast, firm glitch free upshifts and downshifts. Highway cruising and passing power is good. Kudo’s to the Sentra’s independent suspension and electric power steering, which offer good responses and a pliant ride. With its lower center of gravity, the Sentra takes corners very well, with little lateral body roll. The car feels tight, together and confident. Fuel economy is rated L/100km – 8.0 City, 6.0 highway and 7.1 combined, which are all great numbers.
Safety is good. The 2022 Sentra earned a five-star crash-test rating from the U.S National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Nissan ensures the Sentra is fitted with a comprehensive suite of standard driver-assistance and safety technology. Intelligent Forward Collision, Rear emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Driver Alert, and Lane Departure Warning with haptic feedback were all included on our Midnight tester.
To sum up, the Sentra is amongst the top sedan in its class, and the Midnight package arguably makes it one of the best looking. It’s a segment buster in terms of features, versatility and comfort. Stellar fuel economy also makes it a good performer. Highly recommended for families everywhere.
2022 Nissan Sentra Midnight Edition: Priced from: $26,393. plus, options, freight and PDE. Final price $28,063
More info at www.nissan.ca